"There was a period of time where I wasn't really in contact much with Northwestern," said Scanlan. "I was just worried because I loved it there, it was great. I was grateful for them coming back and expressing interest."
At the conclusion of Northwestern's football camp, Scanlan talked with NU receivers coach Dennis Springer, who was impressed by his performance. Scanlan was motivated after the camp, and dedicated himself to improving.
"I had a few good tests and a few bad ones, but they said they were really impressed with my route running and confidence level," Scanlan said. "I took that and used it as motivation."
Scanlan's newest offer is now his favorite one—the 6-foot-2 receiver now has a front-runner in his recruitment.
"They're at the top of my list," Scanlan said of Northwestern.
With a clear favorite in place, what is holding Scanlan from giving his commitment already? He wants to be sure of his decision, and has Pat Fitzgerald's blessing to do so.
"I've been talking to my mom and my coach—they've been big influences and big helps," he said. "They're helping me out but they're not making me lean toward anything, they're giving me facts. I'm really excited about Northwestern but I just want to weigh my options out."
However, Scanlan is considering a surprise for his community—potentially giving his verbal commitment next Friday, during Spring-Ford's homecoming ceremonies.
"I could see what I could do—make it a little surprise for the community," Scanlan said. "I'll see what happens and see how it goes."