But 2013 Mansfield tight end Trent Gow gets a better gauge than most. The talented prospect gets to match up with a Longhorn commitment in defensive end Hassan Ridgeway everyday in practice.
"Going against Hassan everyday can be pretty tough," Gow said. "I guess that when I saw that I could block him, and then he committed to Texas last year, I felt like I had a chance (to be a major prospect). And when I made All-State last year too, I felt like I set myself apart from other players."
So what's the best part of the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Gow's game?
"It's probably my blocking," Gow said. "Our offense is the power-I, so I block most of the time. I do think I can catch and run too, we just don't throw it as much as we run it."
Gow has displayed an ability to catch and run. Claiming a 4.7-second time in the 40-yard dash, Gow averaged 13 yards per catch before blowing up in his last game, snagging two catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns. His play has helped Mansfield to a 9-1 record heading into the playoffs.
With that success has come recruiting attention. Gow has received letters from Florida State, Nebraska, TCU, Oklahoma State, Virginia, Houston, Tulsa and Air Force among others. And he expects to begin hearing more from the home-state Longhorns, who have seen him in person this season. Gow grew up a Texas fan, and he has family in Georgetown.
"I would like to be hearing more from them," Gow said. "My coach said that when they came down for Hassan, they were watching me. They came to at least one of my games and seem to be somewhat interested in me.
"I would like (whoever is recruiting me) to have really good coaches," Gow said. "I've always had good coaches growing up, and I want them to be good guys as well. I want them to be someone who can help me outside of football, too."
Gow, who grew up idolizing Jason Witten, said that he believed his big receiving day would probably lead to increased defensive attention, as that happened earlier this year.
"I caught four passes in a game, and the next one I was double-teamed," Gow said. "If that happens, we can run the ball and mess with the defense a little bit.
"My goal is just to play like I have been," Gow said. "We're 9-1, and if I can keep doing what I've been doing all season, hopefully that can get us to the state championship. I think we're good enough."
That could give Gow's recruitment that last little boost heading into his senior year.
"I don't think I would want to commit before my senior year," Gow said. "But we'll just have to wait and see."