It turned out the way Sadiq Olanrewaju always wanted it to.
He dreamed of attending Virginia and visualized what the campus was like. So when he visited and Virginia offered, it was perfect, so he committed to coach Mike London.
"It was kind of my No. 1 going into the whole process," he said. "I always heard good things about Virginia and it's been somewhere I wanted to to go for a long time.
"I went into the visit with high expectations. If I didn't get an offer from UVa, Rutgers would have probably been the place I went."
The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Olanrewaju heard stories about how players fall in love with campuses and schools.
"Virginia did that for me," he said. "Whether it was the football program, the place it was, the people there, people always said you will know that is the school you know you should be at.
"I like the coaching staff a lot, and I feel like they are more like teachers than coaches."
Olanrewaju, who is from Maryland, loved the feeling and look of the campus.
"This is my first time going there," he said. "I always heard good stuff about it. It's huge, it's beautiful, the architecture ...it blew me away."
Academics played an enormous role in Olanrewaju's decision.
"It's been the front-runner because of that exactly," he said. "To know I can get a scholarship ship offer from a school with such a low acceptance rate ...a Virginia degree is a huge part of my decision-making process."