Queiro believes in NU's future

Kyle Queiro believes in the future of Northwestern's program, and the 2012 helped support his feeling. A standout athlete from Bergen Catholic (NJ) High School, Queiro will play cornerback for the Wildcats. He previews Signing Day in this PurpleWildcats feature.

Name: Kyle Queiro
School: Bergen Catholic (NJ)
Height, Weight: 6-3, 195 lbs.
Position, Rating: 3-Star Cornerback

Scouting Report— What's not to like? Kyle Queiro has versatility and athleticism matched with a 6-foot-3 frame. Queiro, a wide receiver and safety in high school, will play cornerback for the Wildcats, creating quite a matchup. This would ordinarily be a bit of a risk, but it's something Queiro can certainly handle.

The recruiting process is all about hype. When a college coach sits down with a prospective recruit, he'll speak of the exciting things their program has going for it. Three-star prospect Kyle Queiro, a highly-recruited athlete from Oradell, NJ. has heard it all.

"Every coach," Queiro explained, "says, ‘We have the best school in the nation,' or ‘We're doing this and this to get better."

When Queiro first sat down with Northwestern's coaches, he heard the same thing. The talk was about brand new facilities, a rising program looking to take the next jump—first needing a bowl victory, of course—and of program stability.

Queiro committed to Northwestern largely due to its academic reputation, but believed in what Pat Fitzgerald was preaching. NU lived up to its promise, and is indeed working toward that next step.

"I'm extremely excited about the program as a whole," Queiro said. "There's the academic part, obviously, but football is on the rise; not only getting their first bowl win, but the players feel the same way I do—they're talking about Big Ten championships, and in a few years, a national championship. I can see why they're thinking so positively."

Queiro gave his verbal commitment to Northwestern in June, selecting it over a long list which included offers from Boston College, Colorado, Duke, Illinois, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, and Vanderbilt, among others.

One of Northwestern's top sells it offered was the type of people on campus. Queiro believes such an atmosphere is right for him.

"You just meet some great people," he said. "For me, that was the deciding factor. You want to be around people who are similar to you. At Northwestern, everyone from the football coaches, the players, and the academic support people, they strive to be the greatest that they can, and they're intellectuals. They're people I want to be around for four or five years."

Standing at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, Queiro will create a tough physical matchup at the cornerback position. A safety in high school with the elite Bergen Catholic (NJ) program, he is ready for the adjustment.

This won't be the last Northwestern recruitment of a Queiro. His younger brother, Cameron, is a high-school junior who currently holds an offer from the Wildcats.

"I'm secretly trying to work him over to Northwestern," joked Kyle.

First, Kyle will sign his national letter of intent, joined by friends and family.

"I'm pretty excited," he said. "It's a celebration of the completion of the whole process."

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. He resides on Chicago's north side.
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