The recruit has been in Chicago all this weekend with his family, taking in all of the sights and sounds of the Second City. Aurand has definitely enjoyed this experience.
"It'll be a busy week but it's definitely fun to see all these new places," he said. "As a kid, I've never traveled very much. It's pretty fun to see Chicago, see Cincinnati, and see these bigger places."
While Aurand has enjoyed his time in Chicago, the junior isn't letting the glow from the big city lights distract him from his main goal.
"Tomorrow is all business," Aurand said. "I'm interviewing them just as much as they're interviewing me. Once you're done with football in four or five years, what do you have? You have that education where you have to go out into the workforce and make a living. Sometimes nowadays people forget that you're going (to college) for an education. If you're fortunate enough to play college football, you have to remember education is first."
Aurand says Northwestern has set itself apart from a lot of other schools recruiting him. The junior is impressed with the university's strong focus on academics.
"The thing about Northwestern is that you're a student and you also play football. I definitely feel like Northwestern's key priority is academics. That degree is very important and a degree from Northwestern holds very well in the workforce."
The junior is an honor student at Troy High and holds a 3.46 GPA. He plans on studying engineering in college.
Aurand will attend the Wildcats' spring practice tomorrow morning. The junior has set no expectations for the visit but he's looking forward to speaking with the coaches in person.
"Hopefully if I'm lucky, I'll be able to meet Coach Fitzgerald," he said. "Family is very important to him, which is very important to me as well. I really like him."
Aurand has no offers at the moment, but the lineman is generating serious interest from schools all around the Midwest.
"Most of the schools that I've spoken with want to see me at their camps before they make an offer," he said. "I plan on attending quite a few camps in June and July."
The Troy High School standout is not discouraged by his situation, at all. Aurand is looking forward to performing in front of college coaches this summer.
"Honestly, I consider it a challenge," he said. "Essentially if I do well enough, I might walk away from those camps with an offer. I have to be at my best in June. I take it as challenge. It's a good thing to know that someone's noticed me. It definitely makes me excited to know that possibly come then, I could have an offer to play college football; I feel very blessed by that."
And while things are still early, Aurand can already envision himself wearing purple on Saturdays.
"So far I've been here for two days but I really could see myself going to Northwestern," he said. I really could see myself being a student athlete at Northwestern."