Bookman Planning NU Visit

Junior defensive back Patrick Bookman's name is on the rise in the recruiting world. Bookman is receiving interest from a number of big schools, including Northwestern. If the Wildcats were to offer a scholarship, Bookman would have a hard time passing it up.

Canal Winchester (OH) defensive back Patrick Bookman is hoping to find a school with a combination of strong academics and football. When he first received interest from Northwestern back in November, it was a thrill.

"I was like a giddy little schoolgirl, I was so excited," Bookman joked. "That is somewhere I ¬¬feel like I could fit in and could be a part of. It would mean the world to me."

Bookman has received interest from Auburn, Cincinnati, Duke, Michigan State and Purdue, to go with the Wildcats' interest.

The defensive back is high on Northwestern's academics and impressed by the program's recent success.

"Northwestern is the best you can get in the Big Ten and one of the best you can get in the entire country," said Bookman. "The football program, Coach Fitzgerald is doing some great things with that program."

During the season, Bookman received an invitation to attend Northwestern's final home game, a contest with Michigan State, but was unable to make the trip. He is making plans to visit campus during the spring.

"I know that I'd like to see all around campus," he said. "I've heard it's one of the most beautiful campuses. That would be important to me; nobody wants to go to school on an ugly campus. That's definitely important."

Bookman happens to be close friends with Northwestern signee Jaylen Prater. The two have discussed the idea of playing on the same team in Evanston.

"We were both talking about how cool it would be if we would play together," Bookman said. "He's a linebacker and I'm a defensive back. We would love to play together."

Bookman has yet to receive a scholarship offer but a number of schools are showing serious interest—Purdue leading in that category. If the Wildcats were to offer a scholarship, Bookman would have a hard time passing that up.

"If Northwestern offered me, it would be pretty tough for any school to top what Northwestern is capable of offering me with that scholarship," said Bookman. "There are truly not many other schools which can offer the academic and athletic aspect, as well as the atmosphere."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college football, college basketball and college baseball for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2009. He served as a writer for Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics, and is now the Publisher of PurpleWildcats.com, covering the Northwestern Wildcats.
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