NU hosts Joe Giles-Harris on Thursday and Friday, hoping to shore up the future at linebacker.
The three-star prospect from Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph spoke with PurpleWildcats.com on Wednesday about his interest.
"Northwestern is one of the top educational schools in the country and they play big-time football," he said. "It's a good match."
Even better, Chicago is speaking for itself. Giles-Harris will spend Wednesday night in the city—which reminds him of his situation in Montvale.
"It's a lot like home in some ways," he said. "Where I'm from is 15 minutes outside of NYC. [NU is] a comfortable place and I could see myself playing there."
In recent years, Northwestern has delved into its New Jersey pipeline with recruiting coordinator Bob Heffner. Recruits usually describe Heffner as "honest," and able to explain to each player how NU could use him.
"He's telling me they need someone like me," Giles-Harris said. "Someone who can cover and play inside in the run game."
Giles-Harris will stay overnight on Thursday with Kyle Queiro, the redshirt freshman who also resides in New Jersey. Though he's "not sure" how NU recruits the Northeast so well, he says the commit numbers are telling.
"They've been pulling kids out of New Jersey and it's a constant stream," he said. "It gives the thought to most people that you should come down and look at it. I don't know why anyone wouldn't want to go there."
That glowing praise still needs completion. Giles-Harris is considering other schools—mainly Duke and Maryland—and wants to plan return trips.
Giles-Harris and Simba Short appear to be the two major priorities. We could see a similar situation to Monday, when Joe Gaziano committed. After that, Pat Fitzgerald contacted other defensive ends and said they had a small timeframe to accept a spot. Trent Goens and Zach Allen did. Or, in this instance, we could see Fitzgerald and NU fill up at linebacker and only accept one.
But of course, first things first. It's the race for even more linebacker depth, and for another player who can add to the sudden program momentum.