Wildcats On Obioha's Radar

With several offers on the table, Brother Martin High School (New Orleans, LA) defensive lineman Julien Obioha has begun to narrow down his options. Obioha said he still has high interest in Northwestern.

"I think that you really get the best of both worlds, academically and athletically, when you look at Northwestern," Julien Obioha said.

Obioha listed academics as one of the most important factors for him in deciding what school to attend. Obioha also said he wants a good campus lifestyle, and he wants a school that his parents like.

"I'm looking for a good campus lifestyle, not much of a party university, but one where there's obviously stuff to do when I'm bored," Obioha said. "I want a place where my parents feel is safe. I want to go to a university that my mom loves, that's important to me."

Obioha has not visited Northwestern yet, however, and says he is not sure whether he will be able to visit this summer. For Obioha, visiting the school is a crucial step in the recruitment process.

"Any school that I'm interested in, I have to visit in order to make a decision," Obioha said. "Any school I don't visit falls off because I can't commit somewhere that I haven't seen."

Obioha said that he might commit this summer if he finds the right school on an unofficial visit. If that doesn't happen, however, Obioha said that he would do official visits in the fall in the hopes of finding the right fit.

"If I go on all these unofficial visits and don't like any of the colleges, I'll wait it out and see if I can pick up an offer in the fall," Obioha said. "Or if I see a school on an official visit in the fall, then I'll make a decision."

Obioha said he has an unofficial top-5 ranking for potential schools, but is not yet willing to make his list public. However, as far as Northwestern goes, Obioha said, "if they're not in the top-five, they're pretty close to it."

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