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Prevot enjoying recruiting process

Junior defensive end has 14 offers but will take time and enjoy 'the ride'

Updated: March 2, 2012, 12:41 PM ET
By Max Olson | HornsNation

HOUSTON -- A month ago, Torrodney Prevot wondered when it all would begin.

The Houston Alief Taylor junior defensive end knew he was good, no doubt, but he figured the colleges wouldn't come calling until they saw him shine on a practice field later this spring.

Three weeks ago, LSU gave Prevot his first scholarship offer. He couldn't believe that. Utah followed two days later. If those schools were just politely knocking on his door, soon a dozen others kicked it down.

"I didn't see it coming this soon," Prevot said with a smile.

Today, he holds 14 scholarship offers. Prevot keeps a white plastic grocery sack next to his bed and fills it with all the letters from college coaches.

At first it was the little things that impressed him, like getting handwritten notes from Kevin Sumlin and each of his Texas A&M assistants, or the heartfelt phone conversation about religion with a coach from Vanderbilt.

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Max Olson/ESPN.comJunior defensive end Torrodney Prevot says he has been overwhelmed at times with the amount of attention he has received.

But these days, when everyone wants a piece of the 6-foot-4, 220-pound rush end who racked up 12 sacks last fall, those little things can get lost in the avalanche of envelopes, emails, calls and texts.

Prevot already has all the attention and recognition he could've hoped for -- so much, in fact, that his cell phone won't stop buzzing, even when he's in class.

"Sometimes it can get overwhelming," he said, "and I turn my phone off and do some homework."

But Prevot isn't complaining about the interest. He returns all the calls, does all the interviews and will listen to any coach who wants him. He even started updating his Twitter page every time a new offer came in so fans and friends could follow along. Make no mistake, Prevot has been looking forward to this moment.

Maybe that's why he's not looking to end his recruitment soon. While his peers rush to accept offers and join 2013 classes, Prevot wants to wait and think this through. But now that he holds offers from every school he loves, what exactly is he waiting for?

Prevot was one of the select few recruits who received an offer from Texas after the Longhorns' junior day last weekend. The trip was a special one for a kid who'd always loved the Horns -- and the color burnt orange -- growing up.

He has a hard time listing off all the highlights. Lunch with defensive ends coach Oscar Giles, strength coach Bennie Wylie and their wives. Sitting in on a defensive ends meeting and watching in awe as Giles showed the current Longhorns some of Prevot's highlights. Walking around in DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium for the first time.

And then there was the opportunity to watch a spring practice. Prevot quickly figured out he has some growing to do before he gets to college.

"I was looking at myself and thinking, how can I compare of these guys?" he said. "Like when I was looking at Alex Okafor. Whoa. That guy is huge."

Still, as Prevot sat in the car with Alief Taylor coach J.D. Jordan on the three-hour drive home, he wasn't quite sure why he didn't have an offer. Giles cleared that up the next day.

"When I got on the phone with coach Giles, he said, 'You think we didn't offer you?' And I thought, no, no conversations about an offer came up," Prevot said. "And he says, 'You think we didn't offer.' Then Mack Brown came into coach Giles' office.

"Giles said, 'He thinks we're not interested!' And then they went crazy."

The interest is certainly mutual. Prevot considers UT, LSU and Texas A&M his three favorite schools right now. But he sees no reason to make a hasty choice without first visiting Baton Rouge and College Station this spring.

He can't help but notice, though, that the number of people who want to know where he's going keeps growing. Prevot doesn't betray much when their questions arise. My decision is coming at the end of the spring, he'll say. Before the fall. Whenever I'm ready.

"I really have to be careful about choosing my friends and people that I hang around with now," he said.

Prevot's parents want him to get an education and get out of the house, he says with a chuckle, and they just want him to be happy. When it come to the recruiting process, though, Prevot has one confidant: Uncle Robin.

The man always has been looking out for him. When Torrodney was in middle school, Robin Toy got a job at the school to keep an eye on him. The former accountant has aided Prevot as the recruitment has amped up. He seems to like LSU most of all, but he doesn't inject his opinion. Just guidance.

"He's always been there," Prevot said. "He took me home from the hospital when I was born. He's always been my influence and my role model."

And Prevot has needed a steadying presence lately. When you go from zero offers to 14 in a span of three weeks, it's hard not to feel overwhelmed. He's trying to embrace it.

"A lot of people tell me to enjoy the recruiting process, because it's the only time you'll have it," he said. "I think that's pretty big."

But the phone keeps ringing. The offers will keep coming. The grocery bag will only get heavier.

Maybe life will slow down and, at least for a little while, go back to normal whenever Prevot does announce his decision. But why would he want this all to end?

"I get the thrill of this," he said. "I'm enjoying the ride."

Max Olson covers University of Texas sports and recruiting for HornsNation.
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