Knee injuries don't just take a physical toll on the body. Having the confidence and the belief that it will perform like it used to is just as important.
Ask Kendall Baker (Atlanta, Ga./Marist).
The 6-foot-6, 257-pound two-way lineman tore his ACL last year. And while his physical rehab went well, his mental conditioning was imperative to his comeback.
"I am really getting back into the swing of things," he said. "Over the summer, I was just trying to trust my leg again and I am not really having any problems with that.
"I am feeling a whole lot better because of all the work that I did."
Florida State and Vanderbilt have been the first two teams to offer the big 2014 lineman. The Seminoles' efforts, led by recruiting coordinator Dameyune Craig, have Baker interested.
"Florida State is a really good program," said Baker. "I watched them play and they played really well. I am considering going down there."
Meanwhile, the SEC East's Commodores have provided some intrigue of their own.
"Vanderbilt, they have great education and they are a team that could be on the rise," Baker mentioned. "That is also a place I could see myself going. So I just have to figure out where I want to go."
Right now, Baker isn't too concerned with which line he will play on in college. And neither are the scouts for either team.
It will be a wait-and-see approach to find out where he best fits. Baker's just fine with that.
"They both are recruiting me for either side of the line," he said. "They both just want to see which one I do better at, I guess.
"I honestly just want to make it there and whichever one they take me at, that's where I want to go. I just want to get my education and have a chance to make it to the league."