Hart Hearing From Wildcats

Fenwick (IL) High School junior quarterback Pat Hart knew of Northwestern's academic reputation, but wanted to see the campus and football program first-hand. During a recent bowl practice, Hart got the chance to see how the NU program operates, and left feeling impressed.

As a native of the Chicago-area and student at Fenwick High School, Pat Hart knows all about Northwestern. It was only recently that he got to see the school first-hand.

Hart (6-foot-2, 220) has received plenty of recruiting interest from Northwestern, and recently visited campus for a bowl practice. He got a good glimpse at the school and football program while in Evanston.

"It was awesome," said Hart. "I love the feel of the school. It's a great school and a great atmosphere. This most recent visit, I got a feel of the program. I was pretty impressed by it."

While visiting the Wildcats' bowl prep, Hart was looking at how Northwestern's players and coaches interact during practice.

"I visited and went to one of their bowl practices in the indoor facility and it was just awesome," said Hart. "I though practices were run pretty well. It was a good experience."

Hart has largely heard from Northwestern's Matt MacPherson, but has also talked with Tim McGargile. The quarterback has built a strong relationship with the NU coaches.

"They said I've been doing the right things, staying in touch, getting to know them," said Hart. "Everything is going well right now."

As offseason training begins, Hart is still waiting for his first offer, but things are heating up. He has heard from local schools such as Northwestern, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, as well as Ivy League schools like Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and others.

Hart is hoping to find a school with a strong academic prestige and a great football program. He believes Northwestern fits that mold.

"Obviously, Northwestern is a great school that's really high on my list," said Hart. "I like Northwestern. I want the best combination of academics and a football program that I can find."

One edge that Northwestern has is the Chicago appeal, which catches the eye of the Fenwick High School standout.

"I kind of want to stay close, in the Midwest," he said. "Big Ten football, the fact that (Northwestern) is close, in the Chicago-area, that's a huge factor for me."

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