Church Stops By Northwestern

With offers from Boston College, Bowling Green, and Toledo so far, 2012 running back Devin Church is hoping to add a Northwestern offer to his list after visiting Evanston on Tuesday.

The Bloomfield, Michigan product is considering those four schools, along with Cincinnati, and said that an offer from the Wildcats looks promising if he can get his academics in order.

"I do think they're probably going to offer soon," he said. "Football-wise, [coach Pat Fitzgerald] said I deserve an offer. Northwestern is mainly an academic school so he said I have to get my ACT score up."

Even though his grades need to improve to receive an offer, Church liked what he saw at Northwestern, including its tradition of strong academics.

"I spoke with the academic person of the school," he said. "He was just telling me that Northwestern is No. 1 in academics and has a 100-percent graduation rate [among football players].

"I walked around campus. It's a nice campus, right off the lake," he said. "It's got a nice view. The campus is pretty sweet."

Church was on hand for Northwestern's first spring practice of 2011 and enjoyed meeting the team and learning about the football program.

"It was good," he said. "My host was Trevor [Siemian], a freshman quarterback. I was with him most of the time. I met some of the players. The next morning I went to practice and got to see them practice and that was good."

Church has been in contact with the Northwestern coaches, especially coach Matt McPherson, who he has talked to "a lot" over the phone.

As his recruitment progresses, Church plans to take more visits to the other schools on his list. He is going to a Toledo practice on March 19 and going to Boston College on April 8. He already attended the Cincinnati junior day and plans on going back before picking a school.

Does he have a favorite so far?

"I can't really say right now because I haven't been to every school and checked it out yet," he said.

Church doesn't plan to rush his recruitment and says that a decision regarding his college choice "probably is not going to be soon."

"Right now, I'm just going to keep my options open," he said.

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