NU Watching Local Linebacker

Northwestern coaches travel all across the country in search of recruits, yet one of their linebacker prospects isn't too far away. As a matter of fact, he is within walking distance of Ryan Field. Evanston Township linebacker Leonard Garron can visit campus anytime he wants, and likes the convenience of possibly going to school close to home—very close to home.

"I love Northwestern," said Leonard Garron. "It's a great school. One of the best educations in the country. It's almost right next-door to my house. I could be next to my family. It would be the perfect school for me."

Garron (6-3, 215) holds just one offer from Northern Illinois, but has picked up interest from Northwestern throughout his recruitment.

In early June, Garron attended Northwestern's one-day camp and returned for the Chicagoland Showcase later in the month.

"I think they both went pretty well," he said.

NU linebackers coach Randy Bates told Garron they want to see highlight film from the beginning of his season. Garron exclusively played defensive end during his junior season but has moved to outside linebacker—a position which he admits he feels natural at.

Overall, Garron says he wouldn't mind being close to home in college—even if close means walking distance.

"It's a top notch education and my family could come out and see me play all my games," Garron said. "They wouldn't have to go across the country. I like it."

While Northwestern is waiting to see more of Garron, he could theoretically commit at any time. However, that isn't likely to happen. Garron is planning to wait for more doors to open.

"Everything is pretty open," he said. "NIU, I talk to them every few weeks, I'm pretty confident my offer is going to stay on the table. I think I'm going to wait out my senior year and see if anyone else as interest before committing."

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