Smith Drops Cincy Verbal, Commits to NU

Northwestern has picked up their 16th commit in the 2011 recruiting class. Three-star linebacker Andrew Smith of Colerain High School (Cincinnati, OH) has decommited from Cincinnati and committed to Northwestern.

"It's a weight off my shoulders, a lot of stress is gone," Smith said of his decision.

Despite giving his verbal commitment to Cincinnati, Smith admitted he always wanted to be a Wildcat. Smith had a scholarship offer from Northwestern on the table, but was still unsure if he could be admitted to the university. Once he was officially admitted, he knew he wanted to come to Northwestern.

Smith (6-1, 200-lb.) was on an official visit with Northwestern over the past weekend, and committed to Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats during his time in Evanston. The linebacker really felt compatible with Fitzgerald, the former standout linebacker with Northwestern.

"I know a lot about him, he was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year," Smith said of Pat Fitzgerald. "That was a factor in my decision, knowing that my head coach was a successful linebacker in college."

It didn't take much convincing to make Smith a Wildcat. The linebacker had great respect for Northwestern's head coach, and was excited about what he saw on the official visit. Smith was introduced to the Northwestern coaching staff, and was given information about the university, which was enough for him to pull the trigger and officially become a Wildcat.

"The coaches (we're the biggest factor), it's like a family, they care about you. Also, the prestige of the degree when you graduate."

Andrew Smith was one of four official visitors at Northwestern over the weekend, joining newly committed RB Jordan Perkins, RB Tevin Williams, and DE Deonte Gibson.

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