So it is for Scott Tolzien, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound quarterback prospect at Fremd High School in Palatine, Ill. Tolzien holds scholarship offers from Kentucky, Toledo, Western Michigan and Northern Illinois. He is also receiving interest from Miami (Ohio) and Wisconsin. Whether or not the Badgers choose to offer Tolzien could hold the key to his recruitment.
"We have been told by Coach Chryst at the University of Wisconsin that they are still very much interested in Scott," said Mike Tolzien, Scott's father, in a telephone interview Wednesday. The elder Tolzien was referring to Badger co-offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, who has been recruiting Scott for Wisconsin.
"I'm kind of new at this but we're getting late in the process," Mike Tolzien said. "We're starting to get pressured a little bit from some of the other schools."
Pressured or not, the Tolziens are trying to be patient and hoping to learn this week whether or not Scott has a chance to receive a Wisconsin offer.
"With the bowl game and everything else we understand how coaches are," Mike Tolzien said. "We've been around sports for a long time and we understand they have a lot of things going on….
"But we're going to try to find out some time this week where we stand (and) what Wisconsin's situation is. Whether they are in fact interested in us or not."
The Badgers are finalists for one of the top prizes of this recruiting season at any position anywhere in the country: former Tennessee quarterback Brent Schaeffer, who played at the College of the Sequoias this fall. Wisconsin is also a finalist for athlete Maurice Moore, who the Badgers are recruiting as a quarterback.
"We hope at some point in time we get a favorable response because we think the world of the University of Wisconsin," Mike Tolzien said.
"We're looking for bigger and better and we'd like very much to have the University of Wisconsin to consider us," Mike Tolzien said. "We love Madison. We think Madison's a great place. Both football wise and academically, we think it's a great place."
According to the Chicago Daily Herald, Scott Tolzien threw for 2,059 yards, 24 touchdowns and just five interceptions as a senior. He was his conference's offensive player of the year, an all-area and all-state selection.
Scout.com ranks Tolzien a two-star prospect and the No. 72 quarterback in the nation.
"Scott also very much likes the Big Ten conference, only because I'm his father and I'm a University of Illinois graduate," Mike Tolzien said. "He's been to literally every stadium that there is here in the Big Ten. He enjoys the game and he enjoys the college atmosphere and particularly enjoys the atmosphere at Wisconsin.
"We went up there for the Wisconsin-Michigan game in the fall. And we had a great time."
During the December contact period, Scott Tolzien received in-home visits from Kentucky, Kansas State, Pennsylvania and Western Michigan. Tolzien has taken official visits to Kentucky and Toledo and will make one to Western Michigan this month. He does not plan to take an official visit to Northern Illinois, but only because that campus is close to home.