After exploding onto the recruiting scene over the summer, then proving his value on the field in the fall, Midwest City defensive back Will Sunderland has already seen the inside view of the recruiting world.
“I'll be watching TV and the phone rings, and I don't know the number,” Sunderland said. “So I pick it up and it'll be a coach wanting to talk to me. And as soon as I hang up, some other coach calls. It's just crazy.”
At 6-foot-3, 194 pounds, Sunderland had 98 tackles and five interceptions in his junior season to earn a spot on The Oklahoman's All-State team. His athletic gifts helped him earn a lot of attention from colleges across the country.
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State offered early, and others have come in since. And still more, like Alabama, Notre Dame, Missouri, Florida State, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Kansas State and others, are showing interest.
The overload of phone calls hasn't been the strangest thing Sunderland has experienced on the recruiting scene so far. A woman he had never met approached him at his high school offering him sweatshirts of one of the teams that was recruiting him.
“I was like, ‘No, I can't take those,'” Sunderland said with a laugh. “Some lady I didn't even know and she's just coming up to me. That's the strangest thing that's happened to me so far.”