"I really didn't know how to react," Pellerin told PurpleWildcats.com on Monday. "I was extremely surprised. He busted out with: ‘We'd like to offer you a full scholarship to Northwestern University' and I was speechless. I was amazed."
After reflecting on the offer, the New Iberia (La.) made plans to visit Northwestern on June 6. It will be the furthest he's ever traveled—making the trip even more exciting.
"I think I'll be going up with my football coach. I'm looking forward to seeing the campus and traveling the country," Pellerin said. "Everyone keeps saying how beautiful it is. I'm looking forward to being so close to Chicago… It looks like a great place to be."
From Louisiana, Pellerin understands the NU pitch. He mentioned the success of graduates and the football-school balance. More important, he said Fitzgerald's reputation adds to the appeal.
"Everyone's saying how nice of a guy Coach Fitzgerald is," he said. "It's great knowing that a young coach is having so much success. He's doing it the right way."
First, though, NU had to identify Pellerin. The Wildcats offered right as other schools began to express interest. Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Miami (Fla.) are among the teams watching him throw.
Pellerin has a clear vision of his role. He wants to work in the spread offense, given that he can "make a play when things hit the fan." That mobility seems attractive to NU—which enjoys its share of dual threat quarterbacks.
Still, the Wildcats need to persuade Pellerin of the right "fit." A strong June visit would be an important step, but for now, they have Pellerin listening.
"Obviously, they've been having success on the football field and academically," he said. "It was an honor to get an offer."