After speaking with Vic Law following his visit to Northwestern on Sunday, this was certainly the case. As was true of the first time we spoke with Law, the four-star small forward clearly explained the Chris Collins vision.
The first interview helped to inspire a feature story; the second may help the Wildcats land their first elite signing in the Collins era. Law said that while his recruitment is open and competitive, he's optimistic about the future of this team.
"We'll see how [Coach Collins] does in his first year, but I really believe in him," Law said. "I think he'll able to turn the program around and make Northwestern a power."
We can never be sure of those initial results. Still, from just about every account, Collins has excelled in pitching the future of NU basketball. Law felt this directness from the entire coaching staff when meeting with them. They're passionate and have demonstrated synergy in the early days of working together.
Law said that NU is one of the schools most dedicated to his recruitment. That's how it should be: The staff identified Law as one of its chief priorities and let him know it.
"It was great to talk to all of the coaches," he said. "[Collins] thinks of me highly. He thinks I could be a great player."
The St. Rita (Ill.) talent has attracted interest from across the country. He named West Virginia, Creighton, VCU, Stanford, NU and Florida State as some of the most involved schools in his recruitment.
He also outlined factors in his decision, many of which bode well for NU: "Great academics, great college atmosphere, a team that wants to win, and coaches with great energy."
For now, it's enough that he believes in the NU program. He would arguably be the most exciting pickup in school history. If it happens this quickly, all the better. Even if he chooses elsewhere, NU continues to expand its reputation on the trail. Vic Law is still listening.
"It's a great opportunity to be recruited by such a great school."
Here, Law could help to build a truly great basketball team.