Playko Visits Evanston

Northwestern commit Kenton Playko made the trip to Evanston to meet with Northwestern coaches, players, and fellow class of 2012 commits. The three-star tackle talks about his visit in this PurpleWildcats.com update.

Kenton Playko already knew he loved Northwestern — he committed to the Wildcats in March — but he reaffirmed his confidence in his college choice with a visit to Evanston over the weekend.

The three-star offensive lineman from Olentangy (OH) HS got to hang out with other NU commits and meet with the current players, who will be his teammates next season.

"The visit went very well," he said. "It was a lot of fun getting to meet with more of my future teammates and a log of fun hanging out with the future recruits."

Playko has gotten to know a number of the commits in his class and he speaks with them, along with the coaches on a regular basis.

"We (the other commits) all message on Facebook; we stay in contact," he said. "I talk with (coach Pat Fitzgerald), Coach MacPherson and Coach Cushing once a week."

The coaches have been supportive throughout Playko's season, despite the fact that it "didn't go too well." Playko broke his right fibula in the second game of the season and wasn't able to come back until week seven. However, he said that his arm is at full strength now and was right when he started playing again, as well.

"I called (Fitzgerald) the day I found out to make sure everything was fine," Playko said. "He said there was absolutely no problem. There wasn't any permanent damage so I wasn't too worried. I was just making sure everything was in order."

In between high school games, Playko was able to Northwestern's games against Michigan and Michigan State. Overall, he went to Evanston five times this year.

"(At) the Michigan game, the atmosphere was amazing," he said. "It was so competitive; the stadium was maxed out. It was incredible; it was crazy."

Now, Playko has less than a year left until he can experience that atmosphere for himself. He plans to graduate with his class and then possibly start practicing with the team during the summer.

Soon, he'll be able to make his commitment official, with National Signing Day coming up in February.

"For actual signing day, there will be a ceremony at our school for me and any other football players who will be signing with Division 1 or Division 2 colleges," he said. "Of course, I'll be attending the Northwestern ceremony where I travel to Evanston and I'm introduced as a commit."


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