NU Leaving Good Impression With Aurand

Offensive guard Andrew Aurand has been busy planning visits to a number of schools in his home state of Michigan and around the Midwest.

The Troy High School product hasn't received any offers yet, but has received interest from Michigan, Michigan State Toledo, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Purdue, Northern Illinois, Penn State, and Western Michigan.

"During the late fall/early winter, I visited Toledo, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Central Michigan, Northwestern, and Penn State," he said. "This January I went to Central [Michigan] again and Toledo. This Friday I'm going to visit Michigan State and in late March I'm going to visit Western [Michigan]. I'm in the process of setting up more visits over spring break."

While Aurand has not picked out a favorite school, he "really enjoyed Northwestern" after visiting during the fall.

"I went to the Iowa game," he said. "They were one of the few schools that when I went into the locker room, I felt like I was already apart of the team. I wasn't an outsider."

That type of close-knit team feeling is one of the traits that Aurand will look for in his future team.

"The feel of the team is important," he said. "I don't want it to be segregated, like skill players and offensive linemen. I want it to be like a brotherhood."

Aurand will also base his decision on academics and cited Northwestern as a good fit for him in that area.

"For me its not all about football," he said. "It's about the school, because after football is over I have to use my degree.

"I plan on being an engineer and I was able to visit the engineering department and I talked to the dean there and I liked it a lot," he added.

Academics and football aside, Aurand enjoyed the general feel of the Northwestern campus, saying student life will be another important factor in his decision.

"I got to tour the campus and I liked it a lot," he said.

While Northwestern has definitely left a positive impression on Aurand, he doesn't want to rush into a decision.

"I have no offers yet, but I definitely want to view all my options before I make decision, as well," he said.

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