While most high school seniors-to-be are announcing their college choices, Early is getting letters from coaches telling him that if he keeps working hard, playing hard and keeps putting up good numbers, that school would most likely offer.
With most committed seniors potentially taking their foot off the accelerator after making their decision, Early knows he's going to keep working hard, and wouldn't want it any other way.
"I want to go to the best school I can get to," Early told Badger Nation. "I am just training hard and pushing myself to get there. All these letters are big motivation for me to have a great senior season."
As a 2009 junior at Cathedral, Early had 35 receptions for 988 yards and 12 touchdowns (28.23 ypc), and was named All-CIF San Diego Section, All North County and All-Eastern League, helping Cathedral to the CIF-San Diego Section D-III title.
Those numbers were good enough for San Jose State to become Early's first scholarship offer.
"I've been waiting to see who would be the first one and I was pretty anxious to see," Early said. "Once I got it, I was pretty excited and it felt pretty good because I've been working really hard for it."
To say Early has been working hard for the first offer is an understatement. Camping at Arizona, Arizona State and Iowa, Early – recently reclassified as a three-star athlete and the 135th-best receiver in the country by Scout.com - earned positive reviews from each stop. In addition to working out, Early has already visited Oklahoma and Wisconsin and will head out to Stanford and Nevada this week for its senior day.
"Since I got the first offer, it seems like more coaches from more schools are sending me more handwritten letters and emails," Early said. "It's pretty cool."
Although most of the interest has come from the West Coast, Early hasn't ruled out a college career in the Midwest. His father, Quinn, played for 12 years in the NFL after a stellar career at Iowa (1984-87), earning first-team all-Big Ten honors as a senior. Quinn accompanied Chance on his visits to Iowa City and Madison, showing him around and introducing him to old friends, like Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez.
"Iowa filmed the camp and the coach talked to me a week after camp, telling me they were a lot more interested in me and that they were going to watch me a lot closer during the season," Early said. "Going to Wisconsin, I was really excited. I really like it there and the coaches liked me to. I've gotten a lot of letters from them and from Coach (DelVaughn) Alexander."
Through all the camps, Early has spent the offseason refining the little things in his game that each camp has taught him – his cuts, being precise in his route running and bursting off the line off scrimmage.
With his new tools and motivation in his hip pocket, Early expects the best.
"I think big offers are going to come," Early said. "I could see myself going to there (San Jose State) and being a really good player for them, but I would really like to play Division 1."