"I was very surprised," Amadi told PurpleWildcats.com. "The offer came from the head coach so it really meant a lot."
The three-star Nashville cornerback was right. And not only that, he was among the Wildcats' first 2015 offers.
Since then, even through the difficult season, NU built extremely strong relationships with Amadi. He said he's spoken with every single NU coach through the recruiting process.
"It's been a very strong recruitment," Amadi said. "At least two times a week, I'll talk to [linebackers coach] Randy Bates. But they all keep in contact with me. I like how they're trying to recruit me."
Any talented Tennessee prospect can expect interest from pipeline schools. Amadi mainly mentioned SEC teams including Tennessee, Ole Miss and Mississippi State on his list of interest.
But the Wildcats are connecting with Amadi, even from a distance. Though the relationships and academics are major factors, Ugo hit on another point: "They care about me."
And again, he's right.
Amadi has yet to establish any favorites, but Northwestern stands in strong shape early on.
"I don't have top rankings, but I really like Northwestern," he said. "They really offer an education.
"I'm trying to set a date for my visit. It has to be sometime at the end of the [school] year—summertime, somewhere like then."
Until then, one of NU's top defensive back priorities will continue to expand his game. He said he plans to "work on his craft" by improving his eye discipline.
And with a calculated, early start to his recruitment, Northwestern will continue to make frequent contact with Amadi. Sometimes, better than loud wins, the Wildcats can connect with the right player. That could very well be the case here.