"I'm very interested in Northwestern," Uter told PW Sunday. "I just have to see if the baseball side of things will work out. I have a rare opportunity to explore both in college, and I have to make sure that coaches know I'm going to try to play both."
Uter, a three-star athlete from Atlanta, wasn't a serious football prospect until his senior season at Pace Academy. He was heavily eyed as a pitcher with MLB Draft potential, which drew concern from bigger programs. Uter committed to Vanderbilt in October, but reopened his recruitment once head coach James Franklin left for Penn State.
"It was quite the transition. I kind of feared that he would leave eventually, possibly. My coach at school warned me," Uter said of Franklin's departure. "Since he left, I haven't heard much from Vanderbilt."
Northwestern has since taken interest, and Uter could be a good fit to replace Jordan Thomas in the class of 2014. After tallying more than 800 all-purpose yards and 12 receiving touchdowns, Uter offers high upside as a wide receiver.
Uter will visit campus on Jan. 31, and a week after he'll return to see Vanderbilt. The senior saw Wake Forest this weekend, and is drawing attention from southern programs like Clemson, Arkansas and Alabama. Uter acknowledges that location will have a hand in finding his new fit.
"I'm not going to lie, it's an influence. I don't want to be too far from home. I have to feel out Northwestern and see if I'll be comfortable there," he said. "But Chicago's not that far. I'm definitely interested in learning more about the program. It'll be a bit chilly up there, but I'll adjust hopefully."
Uter admits he didn't follow Northwestern's season, but is learning more about the program through NU walk-on and Pace Academy alum Arthur Omilian. A trip to campus at the end of the month will help solidify where the Wildcats stand.
"I want to go to a school where I can really challenge myself as a person. Make my mind work. You know that Northwestern is good for that," Uter said. "Wherever I go, I want to bring an urgency; a readiness to win. I want to put Northwestern on the map."