Recruiting has grown into a huge industry, and prospects usually get on the radar as juniors. By the time their recruiting year begins, most players are known commodities and already have received several scholarship offers.
The evolution of websites, message boards, YouTube and 7-on-7 football has made it tough for an elite player to enter a recruiting cycle as an unknown prospect.
However, sometimes recruits play in areas that don't receive much coverage. Other times, they play at schools with coaches who don't send out film and seek exposure for their players. Some recruits miss their junior seasons and are forgotten, while others don't actually start to peak until right before their senior campaigns.
Whatever the case may be, each recruiting cycle has a few prospects who come out of nowhere.
A talented left tackle prospect was off the radar and now is coveted by every program in the country. A good linebacker in Hawaii did not get much attention at the start of this cycle, and his future teammate is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the country while yet to start a high school game.