Bookman Visits Northwestern

Northwestern hosted Canal Winchester (OH) safety Patrick Bookman for Thursday's spring practice. Will the Wildcats offer the under-the-radar defensive back? Go inside in this recruiting update.

Patrick Bookman wants to play at Northwestern. The only problem is that NU may not have enough room for the Canal Winchester (OH) safety in its 2013 class.

Northwestern has offered three safeties thus far—Kameron Miles, Austin Logan, and Raaquan Davis—and are only looking to bring in one player at that position, according to Bookman. But NU recruiting coordinator Matt MacPherson told Bookman that none of the aforementioned three are expected to commit and that Bookman would be next in line.

"[MacPherson] told me that the three safeties they offered are really sought-after guys who have been getting interest from 15 or 20 schools," Bookman said. "If one of those guys sign, then I won't have an offer because those are some of the top guys in the country. But the way I look at it, there's a pretty good shot that none of those guys decide to come here."

Bookman visited NU Thursday and spent most of his time with MacPherson. He left feeling confident about his possible future with the Wildcats.

"I'm very excited, I think everything went really well today," Bookman said. "You have to love it when a coach is willing to sit down and tell you exactly where you stand. He [MacPherson] knew all about my past and the other schools that are interested in me. It gave me a great feeling."

Besides NU, the 6-foot junior has drawn interest from Auburn, Vanderbilt, Michigan State, Purdue and Youngstown State—among others—but has only been offered by the Penguins. While he admits that he is not yet ready to make a decision, he said that Purdue and NU are his top two favorites.

"I guess you could say that I'm open to playing anywhere at this point," he said. "But after today, I'm going to have to say that Purdue and Northwestern are at the top of my list. I'd be honored to play in the Big Ten."

Before transferring to Canal Winchester for his junior season, Bookman often lined up at cornerback and outside linebacker for Bishop Watterson (OH). But Bookman believes that his best fit at the next level is at safety.

"I used to be pretty good matching up one on one taller with receivers because I was strong enough to jam at the line of scrimmage," he said. "But I know that my best shot at playing at the best school possible is if I play safety."

Bookman plans to visit the Tigers and attend several camps at the end of the school year. Until then, he will wait for an invitation to workout in Evanston, hoping that none of NU's top safety prospects commit.

"It gives me something to look forward to," he said. "Hopefully I get that call from Coach MacPherson and I can go and show them what I can do. It's definitely exciting."

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