Handler Impressed With NU Visit

Barrington (IL) wide receiver Sam Handler came to visit Northwestern with a large group of teammates, but quickly found himself divided from the pack. The NU coaches Handler to join the Junior Day program.

"It was cool, I got there and right away, they separated me and Dan Voltz from our team, and put us through Junior Day," said Sam Handler.

The 6'0, 190-lb wide receiver has received interest from Northwestern along with Purdue, Wyoming, Colorado, Air Force, Colorado State, and others.

This was Handler's first trip to Northwestern in his recruitment, and he left very impressed. During the trip, Handler went to the receivers' meeting, watched practice, met with Pat Fitzgerald and the coaches, and then ate lunch with Coach Cushing and Coach Heffner.

Handler was very interested in Northwestern's upbeat style of practice, and their demeanor during the practice.

"I know how high the intensity was, but it was very well organized," Handler said. "Just the way they present themselves, it's a mix of business people and football people. Everything ran well and was very organized. It was very impressive."

During the presentation for recruits, Handler learned something new about the university, which really impressed him.

"I learned that they have very, very strong alumni base," Handler said. "Each player is put with an ex-football player that has gone through it, and they help you with college life and they help you with finding a job. Not every player goes to the NFL, so that's something you need to rely on."

So on a scale from 1-10, how does Handler rate his visit?

"It was a 9, it was fun."

Handler wasn't the only Barrington product who left impressed. The wide receiver spent the day with his teammate, Dan Voltz, a four-star offensive lineman with an offer from Northwestern. Handler said Voltz was also satisfied with his Junior Day visit.

"Dan liked it," He's been there more than I have, so he knew what to expect. He just likes Northwestern. It's a great school. He's a great kid and does very well in the classroom. I think it's a good fit."

This won't be Handler's last visit to Northwestern. The NU coaches want to see how Handler can perform. He was invited to a one-day camp, for the chance to workout in front of the coaches.

"They said they were going to stay in contact and visit me this spring," Handler said. "They want me to come up for a one-day camp. They don't know what position they want me at so they want to see me in action and see what I can do."

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