As schools identify their new needs in a recruiting class and also scout late developing talent, those in need of a defensive end noticed the play of Kofi Wardlow of Washington (D.C.) St. John's College High.
He also set his first official visit. He will be close to home as he is part of the Dec. 9 group that will be at Maryland.
"Last year was my first year playing football, and a couple of schools started talking to me then and they told me I had a lot of upside and they were looking forward to seeing my senior film," Wardlow said. "I guess my senior film really impressed them, but they say I still have a ton of upside.
"I've gotten better with my football IQ. When I started, I didn't know what the A, B, C, D gaps were, or what cover-3 meant. My athleticism has always been there, but the strength program at St. John's really helped."
"Two of my teammates, Kasim Hill and Cam Spence, are already committed there and they have a really good strength coach," Wardlow said. "They have a really good staff with (defensive line) coach (Mike) London, coach (D.J.) Durkin, (assistant) coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, and they really have been focusing on me and showing me where the program will be."
The Terps are also pushing location.
"People that are close to me and are important to me could see me," he said.
Rutgers and Michigan State were in to check on Wardlow recently, and an offer from one or both could be coming soon. Scarlet Knights coach Chris Ash saw Wardlow in action during a camp in June, and Johnson is slated to officially visit campus Dec. 2.
"I think they're really close to offering," Wardlow said." They've been (direct messaging) me and they told me they are really interested. I don't know too much about them so I have to do my research."
Meanwhile, Michigan State offered Johnson a few days ago, and the Spartans are keeping tabs on Wardlow.
"I talk to the defensive line coach (Ron Burton) and the area recruiter," Wardlow said. "He said, 'We love your film.' He said he was going to give it to their defensive coordinator and see what he thinks, and he said, 'You definitely have a chance to get an offer from here.' "
In terms of his recent ACC offers, Wardlow already has plenty of familiarity with Pittsburgh.
"I'm really involved (with Pitt), actually," he said. "I have family up there. I know Pittsburgh is a great football city, and they would go to all the Pitt games. When they offered, I was really excited and I told them, and they said I needed to come up there."
It is not just the football aspect about Pitt that gets Wardlow charged up.
"The also have a really good engineering program," he said. "They're a great football city."
Virginia Tech was tracking Wardlow for a while, and the offer looked to be imminent after he unofficially visited for the Hokies' win against Miami a few weeks ago.
"It was great," Wardlow said. "The facilities, the stadium, it was all great. I met most of their coaching staff and their nice people. They showed me the defensive players, and the stadium was electric. Everyone had a great time. That was really cool."
So, when will Wardlow make his decision?
"There are a lot of things I have to go over with my family," he said. "I have a lot of choices right now so I have to think about it and talk it over with my family. If the best thing is for me to make a decision now, I'll make it now. If the best decision is to make it later, I will make it later."