Westerfield nearing decision

In this PW update, Steven Goldstein caught up with three-star recruit Noah Westerfield shortly after his visit to campus.

Ironically, there wasn't any rush for Noah Westerfield.

Though he has a penchant for hurrying quarterbacks out of the pocket, the Frisco (Texas) Wakeland defensive end didn't commit to Northwestern after visiting the school Friday. With a few days to process everything, however, a verdict may be coming shortly.

"It could be a change of heart, but right now NU is my decision," Westerfield told PW Saturday. "I'm making my decision pretty soon."

Westerfield's trip to Evanston was his first college visit, an experience that was marked by a flood of new information. His curiosity about academic and social adjustments were quelled by Traveon Henry and Anthony Walker, who hosted him for the overnight, while his initial concerns about fitting into the Wildcats' defensive scheme were ameliorated after talking to Pat Fitzgerald.

"I can't even begin to tell you," Westerfield said when asked to recall his conversation with Fitz. "He sat me down and went through everything that NU is about." The three-star end added that Fitzgerald compared the graduation rates of his top five offers, leading him to realize "how much more of an advantage" Northwestern could be.

Westerfield initially had the Cats up with Boise State and instate Souther Methodist in his final three choices, but a successful weekend on campus may have sealed the deal. He notes that SMU already has four linebackers (where they would play him) in its class of 2014, which would force Westerfield to "grayshirt." And while he still hopes to make a visit to Boise, he's not sure if a trip up to see the Broncos is still feasible this summer.

That doesn't mean Westerfield isn't without a few reservations about Northwestern.

"Being away from home, my mom wouldn't be able to see my games," he said. Though he has family in the Chicago area, NU's distance from Texas is still a little daunting. It does help that two of the Wildcats' 12 commits are from Westerfield's home state, something that isn't lost on him.

"They say I should come to Northwestern, no excuse," Westerfield said of other members of the class of 2014. "They're not pressuring me, but they're trying to influence my decision."

Westerfield's athleticism and position flexibility make him a great fit for the Wildcat defense. It's hard not to see him as one of the final three commits of the summer.

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