Noah Furbush set for Northwestern visit

From West Lafayette: Noah Furbush is on visit to Northwestern today. Find out more in this Purple Wildcats Insider update

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.—Everyone wants in on Noah Furbush. And today, Northwestern will have its opportunity.

The three-star outside linebacker from Kenton (Ohio) visits NU on Sunday. With his size and defensive awareness, he'd be an ideal addition to this impressive 2014 class.

Furbush said he's been paying attention to a group that materialized quickly. Another top Ohio talent, four-star wideout Dareian Watkins, gave his verbal to the Wildcats last month.

"I see that they've got a pretty good recruiting class," Furbush said. "But at the same time, I need to figure out what's best for me."

Some of the factors for Furbush include academics, a category in which NU might have an advantage. Asked about the team, many prospects mention academic reputation. For Furbush, this seemed especially authentic.

"Northwestern's very prestigious academically, which is a big thing for me—getting a great diploma," he said.

Today, Furbush said he hopes to get a better understanding of campus. He wants to meet the team, which has left a positive impression on many recruits this year. This "fit" could make the difference in his busy recruitment.

Furbush is a top priority of several Big Ten schools. He holds offers from NU, Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue among others. He listed those four schools as some of his favorites, though he's not close to his decision—which should arrive before the start of his senior season.

Furbush has been hearing from Matt MacPherson and Marty Long, who have been pitching the team's defensive approach.

"Basically, the defense likes to run and do things fast," Furbush said.

They feel this intense, frenetic play best suits his style of play, and Furbush tends to agree. NU is in on linebackers Brandon Lee and Jimmie Swain, but many experts think Furbush could be the most desirable option.

He's an exciting candidate to join the class, and this Sunday's visit his major implications.

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