Etzler Weighing Options

Elida (OH) High School receiver Austin Etzler has a decision to make. He has two preferred walk-on offers on the table, including one from Northwestern. Go inside Etzler's decision process in this PurpleWildcats.com update.

Austin Etzler has a difficult, once-in-a-lifetime decision to make. The talented receiver has an offer to walk on at Northwestern or West Virginia, and has offers to play for a number of smaller schools.

The decision will be tough for numerous reasons—mainly, because he will do a family first.

"It's kind of nerve-wracking for me, because I'm the first one in my family to go to college," said Etzler. "My parents are nervous for me, too."

Etzler has maintained contact with Chris Bowers, who handles recruiting for Northwestern. He has learned a lot about what NU has to offer.

"I know it's a very prestigious school," Etzler said of Northwestern. "It would be amazing to play in the Big Ten. "

While Etzler is excited about the idea of playing football at college football's highest level, the idea of receiving an education from Northwestern means a bit more.>

"They play in the Big Ten, it's a great league, but they're pretty good with academics, and that's something I'm concerned about."

Etzler likes everything about Northwestern, from the football program itself to the color purple, but the main concern—as it is for any walk-on—is affording Northwestern's pricey tuition, as opposed to West Virginia's tuition, which is more than half the cost of NU.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound receiver is waiting to hear from Northwestern's admissions department, but expects to do so in the month of February. He plans to make a decision in the coming months.


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