2015 OT Trevor Ruhland hears NU pitch

Offensive tackle prospect Trevor Ruhland talks to PW about his Junior Day visit.

Trevor Ruhland found himself making a tough decision months before he expects to commit to a football program.

The son of two Iowa alumni — including former All-Big Ten defensive tackle Matt Ruhland — Trevor received a Northwestern offer just a day before the Wildcats took on the Hawkeyes on Oct. 26. Choosing who to pull for wasn't easy, especially as the game went to overtime.

"It would be pretty cool to play for Iowa, but I'm open to anything," Ruhland told PW Monday. "It would be cool to follow in my father's footsteps, but I would like to create my own legacy too."

Ruhland, a 2015 offensive tackle from Cary Grove (Ill.), visited NU as part of this weekend's Junior Day. An hour-long meeting with Pat Fitzgerald, conversations with Adam Cushing and Randy Bates and dorm room hangouts with Matt Alviti and Brad North made a positive impression, but Ruhland has his sights set on the future Northwestern can provide.

"It's definitely a program on the rise. They had a down season last year. But I like how they say they're providing not for the next four years, but for the next 40 years," he said. "It's really important that 100 percent of the players graduate and get employed. Being so close to a big city is great for internships. And the new facilities are going to be nice, too."

Ruhland expects to make another trip back to Northwestern for spring practices. He'll also see some of his other four offers — including Illinois and Minnesota — in the coming months. He plans to make a commitment by the end of his junior year.

But as the 2013 high school season wraps up and recruits pursue camps and overnights, Ruhland hopes that his offers expand. He plans to visit Michigan State and Notre Dame this spring, and won't declare a favorite or frontrunner school yet. "They list me as a three-star, and not to be cocky, but I think that's low. My film doesn't lie. I think I'm one of the best O-lineman in the country," Ruhland said. "I think I stack up very nicely against most players." Ruhland would be a nice addition for an offensive line that struggled mightily last fall.

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