Azubike Relieved By NU Offer

When Nashville defensive end Caleb Azubike picked up an offer from Northwestern, he felt relieved. Through six months of recruiting the three-star defensive end, the Wildcats—the first school to express interest—had not offered. On Tuesday, NU linebackers coach Randy Bates called Azubike with an offer.

"I was just relieved," Caleb Azubike said of his latest offer. "I've been talking with Coach Bates for about six months now. When I first gave him my highlight tape, they were one of the first schools to show interest in me.

Azubike (6-5, 240) was worth of a Northwestern offer all along, but had a low score on the English portion of his ACT. Once he brought that score up, NU finally extended a scholarship offer.

The three-star also holds offers from Boston College, Miami, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, and a list of others. However, picking up an offer from the Wildcats was big.

"I think really highly of Northwestern," Azubike said.

For Azubike, Northwestern's combination of strong academics and football is what stands out the most. However, another thing that stands out about the Wildcats is their head coach, Pat Fitzgerald. The two have a strong relationship.

"Our relationship is really great," Azubike said. "I talk to him almost every week. Great guy, great personality, and a great person to look up to."

The Nashville native has not visited Northwestern, but hopes to do so in the future. He has friends who have been to NU, and reported back with positive comments.

"(I like) just the whole atmosphere of Northwestern," he said. "I've heard it's a great place. I'm going to try to see if I can get up there."

Azubike is searching for a school and football program which strongly values education, and is looking for coaches who "want to help me achieve my academic and athletic goals.

With a number of options, Azubike is working to narrow down his list, but is planning on taking his time in doing so. He has no favorites, but admits he likes Northwestern/

"Right now, I really think highly of Northwestern," Azubike said. "I'm trying to take the entire process fully. They could really run quickly up my recruiting ranks. I think really highly of them."

As a junior, Azubike finished with 70 tackles and 17 sacks. Off the field, he reports a 3.4 grade point average.


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