NU Visits Leander

When Leander (TX) defensive back Martel Summers took the field for practice on Monday, there were two spectators watching from the bleachers wearing purple. Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald and defensive backs coach (and Texas recruiter) Jerry Brown flew in to watch Summers practice.

Due to NCAA rules, Summers was not allowed to speak with the coaches in person, but talked on the phone with Coach Brown on Monday night, and is supposed to speak with Coach Fitzgerald tonight.

Summers (6-foot, 180) has narrowed down his options to three schools: Northwestern, Arizona, and Texas State. The next step in his recruitment will be to visit Arizona—something which he has not been able to do yet. No visit is scheduled, but that is a priority.

"I really need to get on the phone with Coach (Mike) Stoops because he's been planning this whole thing out," Summers said. "I need to give him a call soon so I can set up a date to get up there. The sooner I talk to him, the sooner I can get up there."

After that visit, Summers will nearly be done with his recruitment.

"I keep saying I want to go ahead and take this visit to Arizona," he said. "Once I take this visit, I'll be ready to make my decision."

Summers was hoping he could make a visit to Northwestern, but isn't sure that is a possibility. At this point, he says it's not a priority.

"I would like to make a visit but if I can't, I have all the important facts that will help me," Summers said. "I feel pretty confident about the college."

At the moment, Summers says Northwestern is his favorite, but only because he has not had a chance to explore and assess Arizona. Once Summers makes that visit, he will evaluate both Wildcats.

"Those are two major schools so I think we've kind of narrowed down our options," he said.

Summers has averaged double-digit tackles through four games in his senior season.


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