Fingers Crossed

After twice speaking on the phone with Northwestern coaches, Cameron Countryman admits he's optimistic an offer could come. NU assistant coach Jerry Brown said he hopes to remain in contact with the standout wide receiver over the coming weeks. Countryman is hoping he'll pick up an offer from the Wildcats.

"I'm crossing my fingers right now," Countryman said. "I just talked to Coach Springer yesterday. I'm really hopeful for an offer."

Springer suggested that Countryman take a visit at Northwestern but after a long east coast swing of campus visits, Countryman said it wasn't going to work out. However, he is planning an official visit in the fall.

Countryman (5-11, 156) holds offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Utah, Air Force, Harvard, Montana, Penn, and Princeton. In addition, he's picked up interest from the Wildcats as well as California, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, and others.

Northwestern continues to show high interest in Countryman and he's excited about it. So where do the Wildcats stand?

"Pretty high up there," Countryman said. "Just because of how it's such a great academic school as well as a great football school. That's what I what in a university. What Coach Brown and Springer preach is academics first. That really stands out."

For Countryman, the most important thing to find in a school is strong academics; More specifically, the opportunities provided while in school and after graduation.

"I'm just want to meet people and having something to bounce back on once football is over," he said.

Countryman is taking his time with the recruitment process. So far, he doesn't have any favorites.

"I don't' know, I really don't have an order or list," Countryman said. "I think it's going to come down to making my official visits and wanting to see the atmosphere on campus and in the athletic offices and getting a feel of all of that. I have no idea where I want to go right now."

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