Xavier Youngblood-Ary Commits to Northwestern

Northwestern has picked up their 14th commit for the 2011 recruiting class. Lake Brantley, FL, native Xavier Youngblood-Ary (Lake Brantley H.S.) committed to Northwestern on Saturday.

"I called Coach Fitz, and I said I wanted to be a Wildcat," said Youngblood-Ary. He just told me he accepts my commitment aned welcome to the family."

Xavier Youngblood -Ary (6-3, 175-lb) had narrowed his decision to either Northwestern or Rice, before choosing the Wildcats. When Youngblood-Ary called, he wide receiver was in Evanston for the weekend, to do his first tour of the campus.

Just last week, Youngblood-Ary stated that he needed a little more time to make his decision, but was close to making it official. However, after giving it a week of consideration, Youngblood-Ary decided Northwestern was the perfect fit.

"It happened fast," Youngblood-Ary said. "I was on campus for my official visit. It's a great coaching staff, great program, great academics, great people. I'll get a good education."

Having the decision process completed is a huge relief for the wide receiver. Now, it's time to focus on finishing high school, and moving on to Northwestern.

"It feels much better," Youngblood-Ary said about his feeling of relief. "The monkey is off my back. No more stress. I'll just finish out school, and go to the next level."

Adding to his decision was the news of wide receiver coach Kevin Johns leaving Northwestern to join Kevin Wilson's staff at Indiana. However, the WR Youngblood-Ary said that despite his close relationship with Coach Johns, the news was not a factor in his final decision.

"Coach Fitz is a good man, I know I'll be playing for him," Youngblood-Ary said of the coaching change. "(Coach Johns leaving) didn't affect my choosing at all."

Youngblood-Ary said he met with a few other commits, who are in on their official visit. Among those was three-star offensive line commit Geoff Mogus. Mogus is on campus with high school teammate Deonte Gibson, who is considering Northwestern as well.

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