Good things come to those who wait.
Lake Highland Prep cornerback Ty Law saw his recruitment get off to a fast start prior to his senior year when NC State and West Virginia offered him. He learned quickly, however, that patience and perseverance were key parts to surviving the recruiting process.
Unfortunately for Law (5-10, 170) — ranked No. 54 on the Sentinel’s 2012 Central Florida Super60 — both BCS schools filled up their cornerback spots and his two best offers were abruptly pulled.
Fast forward nearly half a year. With National Signing Day (Feb. 1) three weeks away, Law’s choices were narrowed down to MAC and Sun Belt schools, and he wasn’t sure if another legitimate BCS-caliber offer would come … until Wednesday.
That is when Law received a call and verbal offer from SMU head coach June Jones.
He was shocked.
“It was kind of sudden, I didn’t expect it,” Law said. “They said they needed some corners and hit me up. They threw an offer at me. Coach [June] Jones called me [Wednesday] and told me everything was set.”
SMU, a Conference USA school that is set to join the Big East in 2013 along with fellow conference members UCF and Houston, stands out to Law because of the school’s future BCS ties.
“It’s definitely big,” Law said. “I [want] to show what I can do in the big-boys conference.”
Law is also considering Middle Tennessee State, Ball State and Troy.
He visited Middle Tennessee last weekend and said the trip provided a good measuring stick for his future official visits.
“I enjoyed the campus, even with the kids off campus and stuff like that,” Law said of Middle Tennessee. “I loved it. I just need something to compare it to now.”
He will get that chance soon. Law heads to Ball State today (Jan. 13) along with Tampa Catholic corner Tyree Holder.
“As far as where they stand, I’m not sure, but they’re definitely still in the race now,” Law said of Ball State. “I love the coaches there. I probably have the best relationship with them and Mid Tennessee as far as coaches are concerned.”
After that, Law then plans on taking a visit to Troy the following weekend.
However, Troy hasn’t officially offered Law, so he might opt to visit SMU if Jones wants him to take a trip Jan 20 . If he doesn’t visit SMU then, he will go to Dallas during the final weekend before National Signing Day, Jan. 26-27.
It’s a lot to keep track of, but after the way his recruitment started, Law will gladly embrace the hectic month.
“It’s stressful,” Law said. “But at least it’s an opportunity.”
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