On Friday, the Toledo Rockets became the first school to offer Oak Lawn Richards wide receiver Spencer Tears, and the 6-foot-2, 170-pound junior is happy to have it.
"He's very excited," Richards head coach Anthony Sheehan said. "They've been a winning program the last few years. They're on the up and up and he is very excited."
As for a visit, Sheehan said, "He has not been there, but they want him to come out next Saturday, the 26th. We haven't confirmed yet. He's a basketball player too and we don't know schedule wise what else is going on."
The Rockets may be the first offer, but they are not alone in their interest.
"Central Michigan and Western Michigan both like him. Illinois wants him down to their junior day this Saturday. Purdue asked him to come to their one the beginning of February, Michigan State has been showing a lot of interest, Missouri, Indiana."
Sheehan believes all of that interest is warranted based, not only what Tears accomplished this season, but what he is capable of in the future.
"He's got great speed, breakaway speed, long strides. He's 6'2, 170, 6'3, right on that bubble. He runs great routes, uses his hands, and he got better as a blocker this year. He had a good year for us. He was one of four guy who had over 35 receptions for us this year. He was All-Conference."
And the school that lands him will get all of those physical attributes and many intangible ones as well.
"He's a good kid, always smiling. He's a hard worker. He likes to joke around, play around with the guys, but when it's time to get serious, he works hard. He really works on his craft, his hands and getting stronger."