Big Minnesota Tackle on Northwestern's Radar

As the recruiting classes for the 2011 football season begins to finalize, it's time for Northwestern to get a jump-start on the 2012 class.

One player that the Wildcats could focus on to start off the 2012 class right is Blue Earth (Minn.) offensive tackle Jonah Pirsig.

Pirsig (6-9 295) holds offers from three Big 10 schools: Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. He figures to receive many more solid offers in the near future because of his size, but Pirsig says he isn't anywhere close to making a decision.

"I don't know if I could rank any school right now because I have only seen football stuff with all of the schools and I haven't seen anything really about the college life at those places," Pirsig said. "I'm going to wait it out to make sure my decision is the right one."

The 6-9 offensive tackle mentioned that the biggest factor in his decision would be the overall feel of a campus and it's surrounding area.

When talking specifically about Northwestern, Pirsig was excited about a lot that the program has to offer.

"Number one is probably their academics. The football team's not too bad either," Pirsig said with a laugh. "Chicago would be a cool place to go."

Pirsig comes from a small town in Minnesota that doesn't produce much college football talent. However, some Big 10 schools are also recruiting one of his offensive linemates, junior offensive guard Sam Lee. The two are experiencing the recruiting process together and it is paying off.

"We definitely talk about the process a lot," Pirsig said. "What we like about different schools and kind of compare them. It has helped me so far."

Pirsig has shown a lot of interest in Northwestern, but he hasn't been in direct contact with any members of the Northwestern coaching staff and has yet to receive an offer from the Wildcats.

As for his plans for a visit to Evanston in the near future?

"I haven't gotten anything about visits from them yet, but their junior day is coming up in February later than most of all the others, so maybe I could do that," Pirsig said.

Even though an offer hasn't come yet, don't be surprised if the Wildcats do their best to lure this big, three-star offensive tackle to campus.

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