Scherer Wraps Up Weekend Visits

Junior linebacker Michael Scherer is finally back home after a busy weekend filled with college visits. The St. Louis product's first stop was to Northwestern on Friday.

The three-star recruit spent most of the day just getting accumulated with the program. The junior said he didn't know much about Northwestern before his visit, but wanted to give the Wildcats a fair shot. Fortunately, his first impression of the school is a good one.

"It went great. I got to talk to a lot of coaches, got to see the whole campus; it's a beautiful campus," he said. "Overall it was a great visit."

The linebacker got the impression right away that everyone associated with the program has wholeheartedly bought into what Coach Fitzgerald is trying to preach.

"I think the number one thing that impressed me is that they're very honest," Scherer said. "You can tell that everyone there truly believes in Coach Fitzgerald. They truly believe where (he) can take the program."

Scherer met with Coach Fitzgerald briefly but had only good things to say about Northwestern's head coach.

"(Coach Fitzgerald) is a great guy and he's going to take the program to places it's never been before," he said. "If I pick Northwestern I would definitely buy into his program."

And from his time on campus, Scherer was able to pick up on Northwestern's defensive philosophies.

"The main thing Coach Fitzgerald is trying to ingrain is it's as much a mental game as it is physical. The whole mental side of what football is all about was definitely there. You can tell it's something (he) is trying to preach to all the players."

The two were set to have a one-on-one meeting during the linebacker's visit, however, another obligation pulled Coach Fitzgerald away.

Scherer plans to speak with him over the phone sometime this week though. The junior is eager for their conversation and hopes Coach Fitzgerald extends him an offer to join the Wildcats.

Aside from football though, Scherer realizes the chance to receive a Northwestern education would be second to none.

"College is a forty year decision, not a four year decision," he said. "Northwestern is one of the best schools in the country; so getting that education is something that can take you very far in life."

Scherer's weekend ended with a visit to Notre Dame on Saturday. The linebacker sat down with the Irish coaching staff to discuss where he fits in with their program. Notre Dame appears to be set at the inside linebacker position which leaves doubt in the recruit's mind that his services would be needed in South Bend.

"I don't know how far things with Notre Dame and myself will last," he said. "They're not going to offer any inside linebackers for my class but they will re-evaluate after spring practice. But they still are looking at me as an H-back, fullback type of thing so I'm not sure where that's going to go."

While Scherer would prefer to stay on the defensive side of the ball, Scherer says he's not opposed to playing anywhere coaches want to put him at.

Ultimately it comes down to whether or not Scherer feels comfortable with whichever school he chooses. Once he finds that perfect match, the rest will take care of itself.

"If I'm playing football, I'm going to be happy."

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