Tommy Doles Commits to Northwestern

Three-star offensive lineman Tommy Doles of Grand Rapids Christian HS (MI) told PurpleWildcats.com that he committed to Northwestern on Friday.

Three-star offensive lineman Tommy Doles of Grand Rapids Christian (MI) became the sixth member of the Northwestern 2014 recruiting class on Friday.

The group–which has shaped up quickly–continues to turn heads. After an impressive collective recruiting effort from the coaching staff, Doles settled on the Wildcats.

"I didn't see any reason to wait longer," Doles said. "I've had enough of this recruiting process and knew what I was looking for."

Doles originally heard from defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz, the area recruiter Then, Doles was in awe of the careful attention that the entire staff paid to his game film. They raved about his athleticism and how that would into the offensive line dynamic.

"They've done a lot in the recruiting process for me," Doles said. "They've shown me how I would be a great fit."

Part of that involved offensive line coach Adam Cushing, who added another considerable talent. He hauled in four recruits to his position group last season, and that number continues to grow.

With Brian Mulroe and Patrick Ward the latest group of standouts, O-line prospects are paying attention. Doles noted the culture for success as well as the people—a simple but important aspect of his recruitment.

"The academics is one thing, but it's about a lot more than that," he said. "I got to spend time with the players and it all revolves around character.

"That starts with Coach Fitzgerald. It was evident that people there work hard and are passionate. There's really a sense of purpose."

Doles understands purpose. He expressed interest in service academies like Army and Navy. Michigan also offered, though it was unclear whether that held after the Wolverines added Juwan Bushell-Beatty this week. Prospects are usually well aware of the scenario, though, so there's little doubt he was leaning towards NU.

Tired of his recruitment, Doles was happy to end up in the perfect situation.

"I'm glad the process has taken me here. I'm glad to know where I'm going heading into my senior season. And I couldn't be more excited to play for someone like Coach Fitzgerald."


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