Coverdale sets NU as the 'benchmark'

Kenston (OH) High School offensive tackle Sam Coverdale has set Northwestern as his early leader. The three-star prospect says all other schools must catch up with the Wildcats. He talks recruiting in this update.

Northwestern currently stands alone as Sam Coverdale's favorite school. Now it's a competition to see if any other program can beat it.

"If anyone beats that benchmark, then they're new at the top of my list," Coverdale said. "If no one beats Northwestern, it's an easy no-brainer."

Coverdale, a 6-foot-7, 280-pound tackle, holds offers from Northwestern, Arizona State, Boston College, Kansas, Louisville, North Carolina State, Virginia, West Virginia and others.

Northwestern took the lead for Coverdale after his two visits, which solidified a positive feeling about the football program.

"They're at the top of my list, I really like them a lot," said Coverdale of Northwestern. "I've been up there twice; like the coaching staff and players."

Coverdale, rated as a three-star recruit, has built a solid relationship with NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald and assistant coach Adam Cushing, his lead recruiter.

"I talk to Coach Fitz once a week, and same with Coach Cushing," Coverdale said. "I really like both of them and they like me too."

With Northwestern set as his early favorite, Coverdale is looking to see how other schools compare. However, he feels confident in the Wildcats being his leader.

"I feel like I have a complete view of what Northwestern has," the tackle said. "They're my benchmark right now. I compare (every other school) back to Northwestern."

Coverdale is prepared to look at each option, with a commitment currently planned for the summer's end.

Chris Emma has covered college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports since 2009. He covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs.
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