Ready to Sign

National Signing Day is a day of celebration for those fortunate enough to have such an opportunity. Each individual high school has an elaborate ceremony, to celebrate their signees. But thanks to Mother Nature, NU commit Mark Szott and some of his fellow commits will not have their signing ceremony as scheduled.

The midwest and east coast are in the midst of one of the worst blizzards of all-time, which is closing down schools in the path of the storm. Waubonsie Valley (Aurora, IL) tight end Mark Szott was one of the numerous Northwestern commits whose Signing Day ceremony will not occur on Signing Day.

"Our superintendent left a message and said the signing was canceled and postponed till next Wednesday," said Mark Szott.

The storm is impacting most of Northwestern's 2011 recruiting class. In total, 11 of Northwestern's 17 commits face the potential of having their ceremony's canceled.

So Szott, like many of his future teammate, will officially sign his letter of intent unceremoniously.

But not all is lost for Mark Szott. Along with his unofficial signing ceremony one week later, his parents have sweetened the pot.

"My parents said they were going to take me out to dinner at the restaurant of my choice, so I'll have to find a good steak place."

The 6'4, 230-lb. prospect is exoected to work as a hybrid tight end-wide receiver with the Wildcats. Szott finished his high school career as two-time member of the all-conference team in the Upstate Eight conference.

It's been nearly six months since Szott gave his verbal commitment to the Wildcats. The anticipation and excitement to start is becoming too much for the Aurora (IL) native. While eagerly anticipating Signing Day, Mark Szott has been following along as the 2011 recruiting class was built, and is staying in touch with his future teammates.

"Pretty much right after I committed, we started picking up everyone else, that's where we got a big chunk of the class," said Szott. "I'm excited to get out there. We've been talking and getting to know each other on Facebook."

The tight end has become close with, Zack Oliver, Jack Konopka, Matt Frazier, Shane Mertz, and Max Chapman, the five commits that he met on his official visit.

Szott said most of the conversations between future teammates involve football and their futures. The long road to commitment comes to an end on Wednesday, when the 17 Wildcat recruits, and thousands of other nationwide recruits put the pen to the paper and make their commitments official.

"We're all really excited about it, ready to make it official and make it real."


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