Hytchye takes in Northwestern

Jaleel Hytchye and Keith Watkins, two of Ohio's most coveted prospects for the 2013 recruiting class, visited Evanston together to tour Northwestern. Could the two could potentially create a two-for-one package? Go inside this PurpleWildcats.com recruiting update.

Jaleel Hytchye and Keith Watkins have known each other since kindergarten, when the two were classmates.

While the two are good friends they are both bitter rivals; Hytchye serving as a defensive back for La Salle High School while Watkins is a running back for city rival Moeller High School.

"Every time we go against each other, you would never think that we're friends," joked Hytchye. "On the field, we get really competitive. He doesn't like to lose; I hate to lose. Off the field, we're really good friends."

Both Hytchye and Watkins -- two of Ohio's most coveted prospects -- have hit the recruiting trails together, leaving many coaches drooling over the idea of a two-for-one package of talent.

The two, along with their families, made a trip to Evanston last week where they toured Northwestern's campus. The tour, conducted by Pat Fitzgerald, Randy Bates, and Jerry Brown, offered the two a chance to meet NU's entire coaching and support staffs.

"It was nice, I got to meet a lot of them," Hytchye said. "The ones I didn't know, I got to know a little bit."

For Hytchye, the experience was highlighted by his meeting with the academic support staff, where he learned a little of how Northwestern's academics work. The main factor which stood out for Hytchye was "Just the graduation rate and how prestigious their academic programs are."

Hytchye is aiming to give his verbal commitment prior to the start of his senior campaign, if not then, at the end of the season. He already has pointed to what likely will make the difference in his decision.

"Being comfortable with one school," said Hytchye. "I don't know what that will be. The school I feel the most comfortable with, that's the one I will go to."

Could Hytchye and his good friend, Watkins, offer a two-for-one package to one lucky school?

"It's a possibility," he said. "I'm not saying it's going to happen."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs. He currently resides on Chicago's north side.
Facebook | Twitter| E-Mail |

Purple Wildcats Top Stories