That's the case with Snow College QB Cade Cooper who originally committed to Utah out of high school.
"That was tough when they had the coaching change there," Cooper told JCFootball.com. "I decided to come to Snow and see what happens and I couldn't be happier."
Cooper took his mission to Nicaragua and said it was the greatest thing he's ever done.
"It's my greatest accomplishment by far," Cooper, who is 24, said. "You're on a schedule and you have to meet people to preach the Lord's gospel and you are there to help them. It's pretty amazing.
"It also helps you grow up because you can only call home twice a year and you have to become your own man. I'm so glad I did it. I feel really blessed."
On the field, Cooper is blessed as well. He's put up some impressive stats – a 68-percent completion rate, over 3,000 yards, 29 touchdowns with only eight interceptions – and he has a backfield mate that makes his job that much easier.
"When you have a back like Matt Asiata, you don't have to ask too much of your quarterback," Cooper said. "The coaches never ask me to run, but I can still do it. I think I had like 150 yards on the ground this year, but Matt got the yardage for us."
Now heading into the Top of the Mountain Bowl against Coffeyville and ready to wrap up his JC football career, Cooper is ready to talk recruiting.
"I have visits scheduled BYU on the 8th (of December) and Troy on the 15th," Cooper said. "I'll take unofficial visits to Utah and Utah State during the week because they're so close. Those will probably happen between my two official visits. All of them have offered me.
"Nebraska offered me back in November, but then they got a commitment from a high school guy so they called me and said they weren't offering me anymore. That's okay, I totally understood where they were coming from."
In addition to his four offers from BYU, Troy, Utah and Utah State, Cooper also has offers from Northern Arizona and Weber State.
"I also talk quite a bit with Oklahoma and Boston College, but right now they haven't offered," Cooper said. "I'm graduating in December so I'd like to make my choice pretty soon."
Cooper will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.