The three-star Buchanan (Calif.) safety told PW that he plans to see Northwestern, one of his two remaining choices, the week of August 5 after locking in a plan with coaches Tuesday. It marks a busy time for the program, which could be hosting fellow defensive backs Ladarius Wiley and Terrence Alexander at the beginning of the month. Soesman will see "the only other one he's considering," Orgeon State, later in August.
"That's going to help me make a decision," he said Wednesday. "I need to meet staff in person and see the facilities."
It's the personal connection to the staff that has Soesman interested in the first place. While he noted the intrigue of the Wildcats' rising Big Ten stock and the prestige of Northwestern's academics, Soesman's rapport with Jerry Brown and Pat Fitzgerald is what brings him to campus.
"I like being able to just talk to them. At most of the other schools I wasn't really able to do that. Getting an offer from Coach Fitzgerald personally was great," he said.
Soesman is a viable candidate to take one of the class of 2014's two remaining slots. A physical safety who told PW that he loves to come in and crash the box on runs, he doesn't figure to make a decision until the end of summer, right before his senior season at Buchanan begins in late August.
While Soesman's been able to narrow his standing offers to two finalists, he's not done exploring other possibilities.
"I'm still waiting on a couple of offers, including Stanford and UCLA," he said. "If I can get one of those, I'd definitely consider it."
Geographic proximity won't factor in his decision, he added, but academics certainly will be an influence. The waiting game could prove to be dangerous, as Northwestern's hard cap of 15 commits could be reached before Soesman even steps foot on Oregon State's campus, but it's ultimately worth it for a player who said he wants to weigh all his possibilities equally.
Soesman's 4.87 40 won't turn any heads, but his physical follow-the-ball style of play would be a natural fit in Northwestern's stingy run defense. As a junior, Soesman averaged 6.5 tackles per game for the Buchanan Bears, tacking on a 27-yard interception return and seven pass deflections. He would be the Cats' first California commitment after the program landed three last class.