Worth The Wait

Months after giving an impressive performance at Northwestern camp, Spring-Ford (PA) High School wide receiver Andrew Scanlan had lost contact with the Wildcats. On Sunday night, his luck changed. Scanlan received a phone call from Coach Bob Heffner, who then handed the phone to Pat Fitzgerald. His patience was rewarded with a scholarship offered.

Nearly four months after leaving his mark, Andrew Scanlan was unsure if he would hear back from Northwestern. Now, he is thrilled to have an offer from the Wildcats.

"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.

Thus far, Scanlan holds offers from Akron, Northern Illinois, and Delaware, and has recently picked up interest from Boston College, Maryland, and others.

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."

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