2015 RB John Moten: 'Cats set bar high

2015 running John Moten of St. Louis talks about his recent Northwestern offer and goes in-depth about the coaching staff's approach. He's a solid candidate to give the 'Cats some backfield depth.

It's early, yes.

But what's wrong with that?

In recent weeks, Northwestern made inroads with several key 2015 prospects. Some of them have just started their recruiting process, and have yet to narrow down offers. But still, the early moves can sometimes be influential, or in the case of John Moten, they can "set the bar high."

The St. Louis running back visited campus last weekend and earned an offer from NU.

"It meant a lot," Moten told PurpleWildcats.com. "I had a great time on my visit. I thought they were professional and organized."

Moten said he wants to find the elusive right "fit" during the process. The Wildcats are emerging as a candidate, namely because of strong work from the coaching staff.

"The first coach that I talked with was Coach Springer. He's been talking to me since September," Moten said. "He's come by my school a few times. I'm closest with him. And Coach Fitz is just a great guy to be around."

He was also impressed by running backs coach Matt MacPherson, with the two going over film together during his visit. MacPherson gave him several pieces of advice, which Moten found "informational."

"Even if I don't decide to go to Northwestern, he provided me with a few tools that could help me," Moten said.

Moten also picked up an offer from Illinois, and has received interest from schools including Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota and many others.

But this is where the early interest comes into play: Moten said his visit to NU set the standard for all others interested.

"At this point, Northwestern set the bar high," he said. "I'm just going to see what the best fit is for me. It could be Northwestern; it could be another school."

After making its strong impression, Northwestern will look to build depth at running back. They're in it for the long haul.

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