2015 OG Jared Thomas likes NU combo

2015 OG Jared Thomas spoke to PurpleWildcats.com about last weekend's Northwestern campus visit and where his recruitment stands.

"It's highly praised for its academics, but the football gets overshadowed sometimes. It's been a top-25 team multiple times."

One of Northwestern's favorite prospects might take his time, but that quotation means the Wildcats are doing it right.

2015 offensive guard Jared Thomas of Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral HS visited NU two weekends ago. Though Thomas and his family enjoyed the experience, Thomas plans to take visits to Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Wake Forest.

That could be dangerous, as we've seen in the past: Northwestern can fill up positions quickly. The Wildcats offered Jalen Merrick of New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) and are evaluating Ryan Gibson of Bay Saint Louis (Miss.). They offered Blake Camper in early April and are still recruiting four-star tackle Grant Newsome.

Still a favorite to land with Northwestern, Thomas could be pressured soon. But as long as his recruitment drags, NU can take solace in the fact that Thomas left with the right impression.

"I had a football meeting with Pat Fitzgerald about where he sees me in the program. I saw the campus and where the new facilities are going. My family loved it a lot," Thomas told PurpleWildcats.com on Wednesday.

Thomas became an early target for NU, which offered him in late January. He then told PW about his interest in broadcast journalism—with NU and the Medill School of Journalism a sensible choice in that regard.

This visit functioned more as an opportunity for the Thomas family to check out the program. They started with academics, and Thomas asked any necessary questions about his desired major. With the right combination of school—and of course football—the Wildcats stand in strong position with Thomas and his family.

"As far as the visit, they all had positive things to say," Thomas said. "Of course, they love that it's close to home compared to Boston [College], but they'll support me in everything I do."

It's not done yet, but NU will keep fighting for its top guard priority.


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