Dutra To Visit NU, Again

Brownsburg (IN) wide receiver Chase Dutra was happy when Northwestern's Dennis Springer made the trip to visit him, so he was happy to return the favor and visit for the Wildcats' game with Michigan. The rising junior was recently invited back to Evanston for NU's homecoming game with Penn State. What are Dutra's plans with Northwestern? Find out in this PurpleWildcats.com recruiting update.

Junior receiver Chase Dutra was excited with his visit to Northwestern last week. He toured the football facilities, met with NU coaches, and learned about the university.

Dutra has grown to like what Northwestern has to offer, so is thrilled that the interest is mutual.

"They are one of the schools that is recruiting me the hardest," Dutra said of Northwestern. "They recently invited me back for homecoming against Penn State. They're interested in me and I'm interested in them."

On his most recent visit to Northwestern for the Michigan game, Dutra joined a group of recruits on a long tour around the facilities. During this next trip, he hopes for a few things to happen.

"I didn't get to see the head coach, Pat Fitzgerald, so maybe I can talk to him," Dutra said. "Hopefully I can talk with Coach Springer some more. Hopefully they win this time, too."

Dennis Springer is leading Northwestern's recruitment of the junior receiver, and the two have built a nice relationship.

"He's one of the coaches that came in to see me in school, so him coming all the way here, I should return the favor and go to his game," Dutra said of Coach Springer. "I like him as a guy and I like him as a coach."

Dutra (6-foot-2, 200) does not have any offers yet, but has picked up interest from Northwestern, Ball State, Indiana, Vanderbilt, and others.

While Northwestern has yet to offer Dutra, he remains optimistic an offer could come in the future. That possibility has him excited.

"Obviously, it would be a huge offer because they're a huge academic school," he said. "I've been working my but off for an offer. It would be great to get that first offer in the bag. After that, I'd keep working harder and harder."

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