Update: Since the time of publication, PurpleWildcats.com reported that El Attrach received an offer from Northwestern. NU, of course, moved to the top of his recruiting list.Forget about Duke, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt.
If Mehdi El Attrach picks up an offer from Northwestern, he said the Wildcats would immediately lead his recruitment.
"I definitely see an offer coming," he told PurpleWildcats.com on Wednesday afternoon. "I'm definitely on their recruiting board. They just want to meet me face-to-face and get me up there to see some facilities."
The 2015 wide receiver from Orlando (Fla.) Lake Nona HS first heard from Northwestern about one month ago. He spoke to receivers coach Dennis Springer—who introduced him to the thought of attending NU.
"He said I can definitely be a part of Northwestern and the offense as a wide receiver," he said. "I didn't know much about Northwestern but he gave more information of what it's about."
Clearly, that was effective. El Attrach said that if NU offered, it would become the favorite to land his commitment. Though he has no immediate visit plans, it could change the equation for an NU team that needs young wideouts.
"If Northwestern offers, I'm all in," he said. "It's a great place. I like the vibe of Northwestern and how the program is set up."
El Attrach said academics are a real, major factor in his recruitment. Wake Forest, Duke and Vanderbilt are his top three offers, he said, with each having a solid academic reputation.
"I'd like to compete on the football level, and academically also," he said. "[NU] can compete in the classroom. That's also great with Northwestern … You can rely on the degree."
Sometimes, the pitch works right away. Even without a visit, Springer persuaded El Attrach of Northwestern's value. That could lead to an eventual commitment, and one the Wildcats might sorely need.