2015 DE Joe Gaziano talks Northwestern commit

"I'm going to be set up for success," 2015 defensive end Joe Gaziano said after committing to Northwestern.

Joe Gaziano began the trend.

He committed. Trent Goens committed. Zach Allen committed.

The group forms an unrivaled trio of defensive ends heading to Evanston in 2015.

For more than a month, Gaziano reflected on his visit to Northwestern. And nothing rivaled that either.

"They had a resounding impact," Gaziano told PurpleWildcats.com, which first reported his commitment. "It was the best fit for me academically. The NU family—you can just see it when you visit. They have a program set up."

Gaziano cited coaching stability as a major factor behind his decision. The Westwood (Mass.) Xaverian Brothers HS prospect praised the entire staff—including lead recruiter Bob Heffner.

"Coach Fitz is here to stay," he said. "He's invested in the program. It's his school. He grew up loving Northwestern, and it shows with how much he's invested."

Even more important: It benefits players to know which system they're playing under. NU values defensive ends, even running a "cheetah package" at times last season. All three DE commits can find success at NU.

Gaziano reiterated many of the comments from past recruits. The 2013 season was an unfortunate setback for Northwestern, but it should be a one-year process. The best football, they say, lies ahead for Northwestern.

"They have more kids coming in and more kids stepping up that will be able to take them to the next level," he said. "This past year, it was the first in the last seven years they hadn't been to a bowl game."

Gaziano spoke to PW on Sunday about eyeing an early commitment. He triggered a couple of others, but reflected the surge in program momentum.

It's simple. He got the feeling NU was the best place for him.

"The recruiting process is just a whirlwind," he said. "Now, I'm going to be set up for success."


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