Western Kentucky's home contest against Vanderbilt provided an excellent opportunity for the Hilltoppers coaching staff to show off the growing campus and program facilities to dozens of prospects.
Making the easy trip from Birmingham, Ala., was Vestavia Hills offensive lineman Patrick Nuss.
The 6-foot-7, 270-pound tackle was so impressed by his experience, which included spending time with coaches and visiting areas of Bowling Green, that he made the decision to become a Hilltopper moments before Saturday's kickoff.
"I love the rise of the program in recent years and wanted to help be apart of something big," he told WKU Insider. "The city of Bowling Green is great and has a nice home feel to it. The coaches of course were amazing at making me feel wanted. The first time I visited I fell in love with the campus and watching the team play is fun and exciting."
Nuss said that he's also looking forward to learning from WKU offensive line coach Dale Williams.
"I also feel like it's the best way to further my career both on and off the field," he said. "I know I'll fit right in and that Coach Williams will do his best to make me into the best player I can be. Overall my gut just told me to go here."
The coaching staff's reaction, as one would expect, was one of excitement.
"Oh man they were happy," he said. "It definitely made me feel wanted. I committed while with Coach Brohm and Coach Johnson and they brought the other coaches and there were hugs all around."
While disappointed with WKU's overtime loss to Vanderbilt, Nuss was impressed by his experience on The Hill and the excitement created by the Houchens-Smith Stadium record crowd.
"The crowd showed out and the fans were all so friendly before the game when I was walking around the campus," he said. "It's one of the reasons I knew my gut instinct was right. The team had support from a solid fan base because they are expected to win and that's what's great. The students and fans believe in this team and it's a team that hasn't been around for long. It makes you know you'll feel special here."
Nuss also considered offers from Air Force, Georgia State, Austin Peay and Central Arkansas.