The Frisco (Texas) Wakeland three-star committed to Northwestern Tuesday after visiting campus this weekend. The 13th member of the class of 2014 and the third from Texas, Westerfield provides the athleticism and position flexibility NU looks for in defenders. He chose the Wildcats over his final list of three, which included Boise State and Southern Methodist.
"I was already pretty fired up by this weekend," Westerfield told PW after getting off the phone with Pat Fitzgerald. "I just had to talk to my high school coach and my teammates. Everybody's excited for me."
Westerfield said his family is thrilled to see him join the Cats. Though the distance from his native Texas was originally a deterrent, he added that Northwestern now seems like home, regardless of proximity.
"It felt like home to me, I've been coming to Chicago every summer," he said. "It just felt right."
Westerfield is the fifth defensive commit this offseason. He joins one of the most talented recruiting classes in program history, yet Westerfield said he won't shy from the expectations.
"I'll get to the quarterback. I'm gonna come in and work hard every day, challenge the team and prove that this class is the real deal," he promised.
Westerfield recorded two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and seven quarterback hurries for the Wakeland Wolverines as a junior. Two spots remain in the class of 2014. Stay tuned for more coverage on Westerfield's commitment.