Scholarships aren't handed out like cups of water at a marathon. Their distribution is carefully thought out by a coaching staff, which is tasked with putting together a never-ending puzzle of athletes.
Twin brothers Stephen and Eric Amoako of Arlington Martin were well aware of this as they began their trek down the recruiting trail, which very easily could have sent them down separate paths.
Fortunately for these two defensive backs, who stand around 6-foot and 190 pounds, their skills were appealing enough to get dual scholarship offers from several schools. But it wasn't until the Oregon Ducks committed to them that their recruiting came to an end.
"We both knew if we didn't get the same offer that we would go where we both thought we would fit in," Eric said. "But to be able to go to a school of that magnitude with that kind of program together, it doesn't get any better."
They committed to Oregon on May 10 over dual offers from Pittsburgh, Purdue, Kansas State, Minnesota and North Texas. The twins became acquainted with the school last year during the Nike 7 on 7 national tournament in Beaverton, Ore.
"After our team got invited to that 7-on-7 tournament in Oregon and we got off the plane and saw our mom, I told her if I get an Oregon offer then that is where I wanted to go," said Eric, who was named to the first-team all-tournament team. "When it actually came I knew that is where I wanted to be."
To help navigate the recruiting process, the Amoakos sought advice from family friend Russell Okung, the sixth-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.
"We were in Houston, down for spring break, and he told us how the recruiting process works, how to weigh our options pretty much," Stephen said.
Among those options was a school's academics, which gave Oregon a boost because of its sports marketing program.
The Amoakos might be interested in marketing but they didn't market themselves as a packaged deal.
"I wouldn't call us a package deal because we both got offered our scholarships based on our individual abilities." Stephen said. "It wasn't that one of us wouldn't go there unless we both got offered. To play together at the next level is a blessing."