The glitz and glamour that most schools put on display often get the most attention in the college football recruiting war.
But more so than that, when it really comes down to it, just about every single high school football recruit seeks the same three emotions.
To feel comfortable. To feel wanted. To feel part of the team.
Samuel Clemens High School defensive end Kaleb Hill is no different.
The desire to feel comfortable
"I just want to feel at home and go to a place where I feel comfortable and be successful," Hill told KTVB sports director Jay Tust last Thursday.
When Hill woke up Thursday morning, he realized those needs had been satisfied.
So Hill picked up the phone and dialed Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin's number to deliver the news: Hill was ready to verbally commit to the Broncos.
"He was very excited," Hill said about Harsin's reaction.
"I felt like Boise was the place for me and that I could do great things at Boise State University," Hill continued. "The academics are great. The coaching staff they brought in is great. The atmosphere is great."
The desire to feel wanted
The recruitment of Hill definitely started to gain momentum over the last week. With offers from Colorado, Nevada and UT-Arlington already on the table, Hill traveled to Boise for his official visit on Jan. 24. During his commute, Vanderbilt called and extended an invited to go play football for them as well.
Hill returned from Boise to his home in Schertz, TX, on Sunday. Vanderbilt then paid him an in-home visit on Tuesday.
When all was said and done, Hill acknowledged that Boise State simply did a better job of communicating.
"I just didn't feel comfortable really," Hill said about his visit with Vanderbilt coaches. "Coach (Scott) Huff (and Boise State) were the first staff to offer me. I just felt like Boise was the place."
The desire to feel part of the team
With in mind, the coaching staff at Boise State was able to detail the specific role they saw Hill playing.
"They explained it well," Hill recalled. "They see great things in me. That's one thing that Vanderbilt didn't really do. They didn't explain what I could contribute to the team."
"Boise State told me that I could come in, be a STUD linebacker, and that they need my athleticism to contribute to the team," he continued. "Being a hybrid linebacker, going off the edge, pass rushing and covering receivers."
On top of that, after talking with Boise State linebacker Ben Weaver and a few other players currently on the roster, Hill mentioned "it felt like I was part of the team."
I want to thank my family and all of the people that have been with me through this process. Thank you Bronco nation for taking me in! #ATF— Kaleb Hill (@Kaleb1Hill) January 30, 2014
Exactly one week ago, Hill told me "right now, Boise State is my No. 1."
But the cliche suggests, it's not about how you start, it's about how you finished.
This morning, Boise State managed to finish No. 1.