That pitch was made to weekend visitor Marcus McShepard the moment he arrived on Northwestern's campus on Friday.
"It was really close, it's like a small family here in Evanston," said McShepard. "Everybody knows each other. As soon as I got here, I had a handshake with each and every coach, the graduate assistants, trainers, assistants, everybody. It's a pretty good feeling when you know all the coaches and that they're behind you 100 percent."
"These are the guys I'm going to be with for the next couple years of my life—almost every day," he said. "I felt comfortable around these guys right when I got here. This was home."
The at-home feeling on Northwestern's campus felt very familiar for McShepard, which was one of the factors which led to his decision.
"I made the realization that it's a lot like my high school and my area," he said. "I felt at home with Northwestern. I felt it was my time to make my commitment so I did."
On Sunday, McShepard stopped by a Northwestern team store and picked up a souvenirs to bring home.
"I got a hat, a hoodie, a shirt, and I got a keychain," he said. "I'm sure I'll get more some before I get there."