UT from my perspective.......
I started getting recruited in my Junior year of high school. I had only known of one kid ever being recruited at my high school before this. The first school that offered was Alabama, followed closely by Tennessee. There were no internet boards, no blogs, no scouting services. To be honest, it scared the crap out of me to be recruited.
I started getting letters and coaches calling from all over the country. Didn't really know how to handle it nor did I have anyone to talk to about it. Back in the 70's, coaches could call anytime day or night, and could come visit you anytime. Fridays got quite hectic having to deal with college coaches all the time. I thought Ken Donahue from Alabama had moved into our house.
The call I remember the most came one night around 11:00. I had a phone in my room and the phone rang. I answered rather angered. The voice, called my name and asked if I was there. I shouted, "This is him!" The voice then replied, "This is Paul Bear Bryant, from the University of Alabama." I dropped the phone to my side and told my mom, she had came to my room to see who called that late, and said its Bear Bryant!
I had one of my HS coaches that lived down the street. He had two boys, one 10 and one 12. He had told them that Bill Battle would be coming to my house that afternoon. Those two and about 20 others kids where standing in my front yard when Coach Battle and Coach Larry Jones arrived. They stayed out there and talked to these kids for about 45 minutes before ever coming to the door. That impressed the heck out of my mom.
After official visits to UT, Bama, GT, and several others, I narrowed my choices down to UT and Bama. I had a 69 Dodge Van. Yes it had paneling and shag carpet!!!!! On the back on the right door I had a UT sticker, on the left I had a Bama.
to be continued....