2015 DE Jacob Robinson talks Wildcats offer

2015 DE Jacob Robinson talks Northwestern offer and the appeal of the Wildcats' lakefront facility.

From the start, Jacob Robinson was guaranteed a strong Junior Day.

Northwestern offered the 2015 defensive end from Westfield (Ind.) on Saturday—continuing their search for top pass rushers.

For many top prospects, Junior Day can be a positive introduction to the NU program. A team built on "family" can meet the parents, endear themselves to recruits and pitch their strengths.

Asked about his favorite part of the visit, Robinson told PW: "The coaching staff and how into it they were, how nice they were to my family and I."

His interest with NU begins with the staff, especially Dennis Springer–his area coordinator–and position coach Marty Long.

It continues, though, with something that should please the Northwestern faithful. Robinson praised the $220 million lakefront athletic facility plan.

"I like the school — it stood out to me the most. But their new plan to build that football facility, it's very cool," he said.

NU has clearly identified defensive end as an area of need for this 2015 class. Early on Sunday, Brian Dohn of Scout.com reported that the Wildcats offered Red Bank (N.J.) product Jamie Gordinier.

"I met with Coach Long as a defensive end," he said. "That's where they're recruiting me. They like my size and my highlight film."

Other schools are catching on. Robinson also holds offers from Indiana and Toledo, while fielding interest from schools including Purdue, Michigan State, Missouri and Oregon.

At this point, like many 2015 recruits, he's not cutting teams or settling on timetables.

But NU hopes that Junior Day sets the precedent for a long and successful recruitment. They started it off all right.

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