Meersand Takes Trip To Evanston

As the interest picks up, Mira Costa High School (Calif.) long snapper Grant Meersand took a red eye flight from California to Chicago, and is in Evanston for the Wildcats' spring game.

After a long, exhausting flight in, the 6-1, 218-lb long snapper spent his entire Friday touring Evanston. At the conclusion of his five-hour tour across Northwestern's campus, Grant Meersand met all of the NU coaches, including head coach Pat Fitzgerald.

"It was great, they were really friendly," Meersand said of the NU coaches. "You could tell they wanted to get to know me and talk to me. Coach Fitzgerald gave me his number and told me to call him anytime, because he really wants to talk to me more."

Throughout his long tour, Meersand saw Northwestern's campus, met with academic advisors, and being a California kid—the beaches.

All in all, Meersand was impressed by his first day on campus.

"I thought it was great," he said. "They just knew everything, and how their academics work with the football, and everything sounded really appealing how kids get jobs after college and do so well at Northwestern."

Meersand lists academics as his top priority in finding a school, so he was excited to learn about how Northwestern takes academics very seriously.

"I know they're one of the top academics schools in the country," Meersand said. "I really like that because the number one thing for me is obviously academics. When I met up with the academic counselors, they told me 95% of (Northwestern) football players get a job out of graduation. I was really impressed by that."

The California native has been receiving a lot of interest from the Wildcats, with most of that coming recently. Thus far, Meersand has not been able to come and visit Northwestern, and has been left to communicate with the coaches over the phone and messaging. Now, Meersand has a full day of Northwestern under his belt, with another day coming. He is staying the night with his player host, NU long snapper Pat Hickey. Then on Saturday, he will take in another tour, and watch the Wildcats' annual spring scrimmage.

Thus far, Meersand has received interest from Northwestern along with Colorado, UCLA, Arizona State, LSU, and others. He is a member of the Chris Rubio Long Snapping School.

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