"You know, to win their state," Chaffin said.
One school has made the extra effort, and will continue to pursue the second-ranked center in the nation.
"I thought that was a big deal," Chaffin told PW. "That's him taking time out of his schedule to come and do that."
Chaffin then returned the favor, visiting NU for Junior Day this weekend. He left with an ideal overall message: Northwestern football sets you up for success beyond four years.
"I feel like they set their players up to succeed," he said. "They have internships at Fortune 500 companies in Chicago. Northwestern offers an education. That speaks out for itself."
In addition to a personal meeting with Pat Fitzgerald, Chaffin talked logistics. Cushing explained to him where he sees him playing, and how he'd work in this offense.
Cushing gave the first perspective of a "family" atmosphere that permeates NU football.
"He's been honest with me," Chaffin said. "We talked for a good while about depth and where I fit in. He's a genuine recruiter. What he's going to tell you is what he's going to do."
Hopefully for NU, the strong recruiting relationship will turn into some O-line help. When Brandon Vitabile leaves after next season, the Wildcats will need to find his ideal replacement.
It could be a tough get. The above schools will try to keep him south, with Clemson also figuring into his recruitment.
"I'm not really doing any favorites or anything like that right now," Chaffin said. "Right now, I'm letting everything play out."
His recruitment still wide open, NU is focused on landing the center of its future.