Time to close on Noah Westerfield

As Noah Westerfield prepares for his July 5th visit to NU, here's the latest on his recruitment.

Noah Westerfield recently said he'd planned his Northwestern visit for July 5th.

In the quiet summer stretch for a program that locked up 12 commitments by the middle of June, Westerfield finally gave Wildcats fans another date to mark on their calendars.

For him, the process now seems simple. He scheduled trips to his top three schools–Southern Methodist, Northwestern and Boise State–before arriving at his final decision.

As the Wildcats have done in several competitive recruitments, it's time to close on a much-needed player—this one a defensive end. Westerfield continued to praise the overall program, which appears to have beaten several schools that offered.

"It's a great school," he said. "And right now, the football team is coming up very well."

Westerfield already visited SMU, which set the bar high. NU, to win the battle, needs to distinguish itself.

The coaching staff has poured attention into Westerfield's recruitment. The three-star talent from Wakeland HS (Tex.) picked up 11 offers, but grew especially impressed by the efforts of NU coaches. He rattled off names: Fitzgerald, Long, MacPherson and several others.

"All of them are great guys," Westerfield said of the staff. "I want to talk to them a little more, and get to know them on a personal level."

Westerfield's entire family will visit campus alongside him: they want to see the campus, tour the football facilities and build these strong relationships with coaches. Still, Westerfield wants to meet with players—and better understand the program as they see it.

"You can talk to the coaches all you want, but it's really about those players," he said. "You have to get a feel from their standpoint."

Westerfield said he thinks the NU defensive schemes mesh well with his overall game. He's a natural pass rusher who could excel in the 4-3 defense.

As with many prospects, however, commitment is based on comfort. He needs to envision himself jogging onto Ryan Field for these coaches and with these players.

It's no easy task to beat out two other schools, both with some winning tradition. But NU, as always, is ready for the task ahead. This could be another recruiting victory.

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