Coming from a small town in between two major metropolitan areas, it can be hard to be noticed.
When one plays for a school that has only been in existence for three years and has yet to have a winning record, it is even harder.
That is what Oregon commit Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon) was faced with entering the spring and summer camp circuit.
Despite breaking records and being named all-league as a junior, Seisay garnered little attention from Division I programs.
Then Seisay started receiving letters and eventually some phone calls to invite him to team camps this summer. When Boise State and Oregon called, it was a dream come true.
"I didn't know what to think. I was so excited that they wanted me to come to camp," Seisay said. "Once I showed up I realized they were just as excited to have me there."
The Boise State staff was thrilled to have the two-way star on campus. After a standout performance at their camp, Seisay was surprised when the Broncos offered him a scholarship soon after the camp.
"I was so hyped and ready to go that I committed in the spot," Seisay said.
Later that week, Seisay made his way to Eugene for the Ducks' camp.
After playing almost exclusively at wide receiver growing up, Seisay played defense in 2011.
"I'm still raw at defensive back but that is where Oregon likes me," Seisay said. "When I went to their camp I played corner and safety the whole time."
Just like he did on the blue turf, Seisay impressed to the point that he was asked to call the Oregon coaches as soon as he left the camp.
"I called them right away and they offered me a scholarship. I knew I wanted to be a Duck right then and there," Seisay said.
His experience with the Broncos the week prior told him that he needed to get home and talk things over with his parents to make sure it was what he wanted.
"I knew I wanted to be a Duck but I had to take a deep breath and talk to my parents because I wanted it to be my final decision," Seisay said.
After a brief discussion, Seisay called Oregon defensive backs coach John Neal and told him he was a Duck.
"It was good to get it out of the way. I am solid to the Ducks and can't wait to get up there," Seisay said. "Now I can concentrate on my senior season and try to get my team to state."
His team is still a young one, as it had no seniors in 2011.
"We went 4-6 last year because we had no seniors. This year we have big plans," Seisay said. "I want to break all of my receiving records and work on my skills at defensive back while trying to help us win the section and hopefully go to state."
I met Darren and Johnny at the Oakland Nike Camp and hung out with them at the Oregon camp as well. They are both cool guys and we all have big plans to do big things at Oregon," Seisay said. "I have talked to Dontre [Wilson] and [Thomas] Tyner online. Those guys are both ballers who are going to be great running backs for us down the line. We have a good class and we can't wait to leave our mark on the Ducks program."