Springer's message to Painter, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound lineman, was simple: you're on our radar.
"(Springer) wants to see me in person, so I'm definitely attending that camp," Painter said. "He said I'll keep in coantact with you. He really just wants to see me in person."
Painter has received strong interest from Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Purdue, Wisconsin, plus a number of MAC schools. Northwestern recently entered the mix, sending recruiting letters. Early on, at least one Painter is very high on the Wildcats.
"I think it's a great program, awesome school, and my mom really likes Northwestern beause of the great academics," Painter said.
Painter is still learning about Northwestern, but is building a strong relationship with Springer. He hopes to expand his knowledge on the school.
"I really like Coach Springer because he's a great guy and told me a lot about the program," said Painter.
Painter has committed to attending Northwestern's prospect camp in July, with hopes of earning an offer.