NU in strong spot after McIntosh visit

Bryant McIntosh will be back. Find out more on his recruitment in this Purple Wildcats Premium Update.

Bryant McIntosh will be back.

He has the date marked down: October 19th, his final official visit.

In the next two months, McIntosh might watch his recruitment intensify even more. But after staging another excellent visit, this Northwestern coaching staff can only hope that the long process ends in Evanston.

They did everything they could.

"I had an excellent visit to Northwestern," McIntosh said. "People are going to have to come out and really show me how much they want me to be with their program… Northwestern did a great job of that."

It makes sense. NU lacks point guard depth and centered its recruiting efforts on McIntosh, the three-star Greensburg (Ind.) product. Right when McIntosh re-opened his recruitment–following an initial commitment to Indiana State–Chris Collins and Armon Gates gave him a call.

It's been an exciting process since then. McIntosh has continually raved about the recruiting techniques of Armon Gates, who reached out to "recruit" his entire family. That culminated in McIntosh bringing his "crew" (mother, father, sister, brother, grandparents and trainer) to Evanston for the weekend.

During July evaluations, players and coaches are exposed to this detached recruiting process. They can communicate, yes, but not at the court. (It's an awkward situation.) Despite any obstacles, McIntosh developed strong bonds with Gates and Collins. He believes in NU as well, saying: "The program is headed to an incredible place that NU has never seen."

He had time to talk schemes, visit dorms and tour the facilities. Most important, though, may have been the personal interactions with coaches–including the impressive Collins.

"My view of Coach Collins hasn't really changed," McIntosh said. "He's quieter but a big ball of energy. He's fun to be around."

McIntosh, in a smart move, will take his time before reaching his final decision. An entire slate of official visits will ensure that he makes the "right" choice. Vanderbilt, Xavier and Purdue are some schools coming on of late.

He plans to cut his list of schools sometime this week. And almost needless to say, NU will make it. Collins and his staff face one of their biggest challenges yet on the trail. They know this guy is worth trying for.

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