Westerfield prepares for July visit

Steven Goldstein provides an update on the recruitment of 3-star defensive end Noah Westerfield in this PW Insider Update.

Three years of high school football demonstrated that Noah Westerfield would make an impact on the field for Northwestern. The 2014 prospect from Wakeland HS (Tex.) is a natural fit for the Wildcats' pressure-heavy defense.

Still, the three-star defensive end is focused on making an even stronger impact off the field.

"I'm not always the hardest hitter, I'm not the biggest or the strongest," Westerfield told PW Wednesday. "But just how much I care about football and getting better, I think I can contribute and put my team first."

It's a recurring theme with this class of 2014: athleticism and accolades are certainly in place, but a love for the game shines through.

After he recently scooped up an offer from Boise State and received first-team all-district honors, Westerfield noted that a decision likely won't come until the end of the summer.

"It's hard to cut them down, because more [offers] are coming in," Westerfield said. "I might have to drag my timeline back a little bit."

With only three members of NU's class of 2014 playing on the defensive side of the ball (one of them being Ben Oxley, who still might end up on the offensive line), Westerfield would be a major addition to an already impressive group.

Westerfield is slated to visit Chicago on July Fourth. With family in the area, playing near the city takes on additional implications.

"My grandma, she always wanted to see me play there," he said. "It still means a lot to me that I'd have a chance to play there. Hopefully I have a chance to walk around campus."

It's not just a Chicago connection that bolsters his recruitment at Northwestern, either. Though they play different positions and come from different parts of Texas, Westerfield has already reached out to commit Auston Anderson through Twitter. He plans to ask the 2014 running back more about the program and his recruitment within the week.

Westerfield also stays in contact with Pat Fitzgerald through Twitter. Social media outreach is something Westerfield appreciates, no matter how small a gesture.

It might be difficult for Westerfield to leave the family atmosphere of Texas, yet it's also hard to ignore what the Wildcats have been doing in the recruiting world these days.

July 4th is still a world away, and no one knows what the class of 2014 will look like on defense by that time. For now, though, get that barbecue ready.


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