Daryll Clark nearly wound up playing quarterback for Rich Rodriguez at West Virginia instead of coming to Penn State.
"It was neck and neck," Clark said of his decision between the Nittany Lions and Mountaineers.
"I guess I did not commit to them right away and someone had stepped in, another quarterback had stepped in and committed," Clark added. "I think they lost interest then, and that made the decision easy for me."
Rodriguez, who left West Virginia for Michigan following the 2007 season, was asked this week about his memories of Clark during the recruiting process.
"You could see his leadership and his competitiveness, as well as his athletic ability, when he was in high school," Rodriguez said.
Clark spoke to Rodriguez on the phone a couple of times and met with him on the WVU campus.
"He just seemed like a guy that you could definitely get along with right off the bat," Clark said.
He went on to add, "The attitude that he brought to that whole program, that whole football team was definitely all about winning, was all about his players.
"Me and my mother had met him. We met down in his office, and he spoke really, really well about what West Virginia had to offer. It was a pretty good deal. I really thought it would have been a good fit, but then again I wasn't sure yet."
Rodriguez has been impressed by Clark's growth at PSU.
"He's done a tremendous job in developing himself into not only a big time college quarterback ... but certainly an NFL prospect," Rodriguez said.