Wildcats Offer Texas Cornerback

Leander (TX) High School cornerback Martel Summers knew adding a Northwestern offer was a possibility but was left waiting as the NU coaches made a decision. On Saturday, they decided Summers was their best option and offered a scholarship.

The phone call came from Northwestern defensive backs coach Jerry Brown on Saturday morning—just one day after Northwestern held their one-day camp.

"I talked to him and he said they had the two camps and he pretty much said he looked at all the cornerbacks and he hasn't found one he likes better than me," said Martel Summers. "He said he's going to offer and have Coach Fitzgerald call me."

Summers (6-0, 180) now holds offers from Northwestern, New Mexico, Texas State, and UTEP. However, adding an offer from the Wildcats was a big one.

For Summers, it was something he had never considered. Growing up, he had watched Northwestern football games on television and has family in the Chicagoland. Now, the standout cornerback has the Wildcats at the top of his list.

"Honestly, I think the probably stand the highest," Summers said. "All the schools that have offered are great school but they're not elite programs. If you graduated from (other schools), it would be cool but if you play at Northwestern and get a degree, that really says something."

Summers has a number of options but the thing that makes the Wildcats stand out is academics.

"I'm looking at academics first of all," he said. "Everyone wants to play college football but academics come first and I want to get a degree. There's no better place than Northwestern to get a degree."

Like his older brother, a student at Texas State, Summer hopes to be a business management major in college. Summers has heard about Northwestern's prestigious business school, but has yet to see it in person. He hopes that will change soon.

Summers is planning his first visit to Evanston to see the campus, meet the rest of the coaching staff, and see the football facilities.

"I'm probably going to take a visit in July, fly up there, and meet all the coaches," Summers said. "I've only met Coach Jerry Brown but haven't talked to any of the other coaches. I want to get up there, see facilities, walk the campus, and all that other good stuff."

Summers expects to make a decision in the next few months. In the meantime, he's hoping to visit his options and evaluate his options. However, he added, "I think Northwestern is probably my best choice right now."

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