Alviti Getting Closer

Alviti still is still a long way from signing his letter of intent, but the four-star quarterback is getting close to giving his verbal commitment. Alviti has narrowed down his list of options to two schools, and is working to evaluate his two favorites. Get the latest on Alviti, plus a report on his Wednesday visit at Northwestern.

By now, Matthew Alviti knows his way to Northwestern's campus. The four-star quarterback has made a handful of trips to Evanston to visit with NU coaches.

Once again, Alviti made the short trip to Evanston to see the Wildcats' Wednesday morning practice.

"It went really well," said Alviti of his visit. "It was a really good practice and they looked really good today."

Alviti (6-foot, 175) joined Northwestern coaches for their morning pre-practice meetings and film sessions, then took in the Wildcats' practice from the sidelines.

After practice, Alviti met with head coach Pat Fitzgerald and offensive coordinator Mick McCall.

"They practice really hard and have a lot of fun when they practice," said Alviti of NU's practice. "Everything is up-tempo and quick. It wasn't too long today. Really crisp practice. They execute really well."

On Saturday, Alviti will be back at Northwestern to see the Wildcats take on Michigan State, in what will be his third game this season.

The junior quarterback has narrowed his list of options down to just two schools.

"I really like Notre Dame and I really like Northwestern," Alviti said. "I really like both of them. It's going to come down to those two and it's going to be a very difficult decision."

Alviti has also made multiple visits at Notre Dame, and stays in contact with the Irish coaches, including head coach Brian Kelly. A number of things have Alviti liking Northwestern and Notre Dame.

"Definitely, each school's academics," said Alviti. "Also, the quality of people at both schools. Just both their offenses, and just getting a chance to connect with both coaching staffs has been great."

Both Northwestern and Notre Dame have pursued senior quarterbacks for their 2012 recruiting class—most recently, with the Fighting Irish attempting to land five-star quarterback Gunner Kiel. Alviti knows that either school can add a senior quarterback. Would that influence his decision?

"It would change things a little bit, but competition is competition no matter where you go," he said. "You have to compete anywhere you go."

It's still more than 14 months till National Signing Day, but the junior is getting closer to giving his verbal commitment.

"I'd say I'm getting close," Alviti said. "I'm not going to wait as long as I can, but I'm going to take as much time as I need and my family needs to make a decision."

Alviti does not have a specific timetable for making a decision, but admitted his commitment may come soon.

"Probably in a month to two months range," said Alviti. "Maybe quicker. I'm still not really sure."

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