Crull Enjoys NU Visit

Kings (OH) High School defensive back Justin Crull traveled from Cincinnati to visit Northwestern's Saturday scrimmage. Crull was impressed with how the Wildcats interacted, both on the field and the sidelines. He details the visit in this recruiting update.

Northwestern's Saturday scrimmage allowed recruits to walk the sidelines and get a good look at how the program operates. Kings (OH) High School defensive back Justin Crull used that opportunity to watch the defense's interaction during the two-hour workout.

"It was great to see Coach (Jerry) Brown coaching and really talking to the guys," said Crull. "It was nice to see the way his coaching style is; it's like my current coach at home which is nice. It was also great to see the energy on the defensive sidelines. The support was awesome."

Crull, a 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back, made the trip from the Cincinnati suburb to visit Evanston. He enjoyed watching the interactions on the field and the sideliens.

"It went great," Crull said of the visit. "All the coaches were great, interacting with the players was fantastic. It was great to know the guys on the team and find out the personalities on the team."

Thus far, Crull has received interest from Northwestern, Purdue, Akron, Miami, Toledo, Princeton, Yale and others.

Northwestern coaches informed Crull they would like to see him at a summer camp in Evanston. He sees that as a chance to fight for a scholarship offer.

"It's a big deal," Crull said. "I've been working hard to get my (running) times better. I'm excited to go up to the camps and show them what I've got. I'm looking forward to working out for Coach Bown and showing him the technique I have."

Overall, Crull is impressed with Northwestern, given its history with football and academics, plus a few other factors.

"Northwesternhas a great football tradition, as well as acadmeic," he said. "It's incredible. The way they balance the athletics and academics is fantastic. You know Coach Fitzgerald is outstanding. He's an incredible coach and all the players love him. The family atmosphere there is really impressive."

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