Amini Silatolu wasn't highly recruited out of high school, and he couldn't qualify academically at Nevada after playing at San Joaquin Delta College.
So he ended up at Midwestern State and this week will become the school's first NFL Draft choice.
Silatolu, like so many before him, proves small-school players can reach the big time.
"I just know that if you put him at Oklahoma or Texas, he'd do the same things at Oklahoma or Texas that he did here," Midwestern State coach Bill Maskill said.
Midwestern State, with an enrollment of 6,182, is in Wichita Falls, which has a population of 101,000. Silatolu is the big man on campus, and not just because he's 6-foot-4, 311 pounds.
All 32 NFL teams have scouted him, and he visited 10 teams, including the Dallas Cowboys.
Silatolu, 23, could hear his name in the first round despite playing Division II football.