Courtney Dalcourt could've played quarterback at colleges that have had recent success - Central Michigan and Georgia Tech wanted the Franklin-Simpson High School star under center.
He could've changed positions to play at Kentucky, a school that's won three straight postseason bowl games.
Instead, Dalcourt hopes to help build success closer to Franklin - committing Tuesday to play collegiately at Western Kentucky University, a place he said felt like home.
"I got to sit down and have a discussion with (WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell), which doesn't happen at a lot of the campuses I've been to," said Dalcourt. "That shows that they really wanted me there and that I'm important to them. It made me feel special.
"The coaching staff there is one of a kind - great to be around. I enjoyed being around all of them... the atmosphere was just great."
Dalcourt said the opportunity to play quarterback in WKU's spread offense was a big factor in his commitment, too. He completed 64 percent of his passes in 2008, amassing 1,949 passing yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for 1,150 yards and 14 more scores.
In all, WKU now has three members of the Courier-Journal All-State first team in the class of 2009 - Dalcourt joins Fort Campbell linebacker Josh Carter and Bell County kicker/punter Monte Merrick. Carter and Merrick also joined Dalcourt on the Associated Press first team offense, while Carter and Lone Oak athlete Jamarielle Brown joined Dalcourt in being named Class of the Commonwealth by the Lexington Herald-Leader.
"(WKU's coaches) said their class is gonna be one of the best they've had and I'd love to be part of that," Dalcourt said. "I'd like to help give WKU one of the best teams in Kentucky.
"WKU's on the rise and I want to be part of that legacy."