Michigan State, Duke, Notre Dame.
While all three schools drew high win totals last season, they lacked one thing that Jordan Thompson liked.
Being the underdog.
The three-star defensive tackle from Cincinnati plays for La Salle—not necessarily dominant on the Ohio high school football circuit.
Still, Thompson likes the idea of working to achieve a goal. He chose Northwestern over the above three schools and many more, knowing that he can be part of building something.
"It reminded me a lot of home," Thompson told PurpleWildcats.com on Friday, after his commitment. "La Salle is not a powerhouse like some of the other [Greater Catholic League] schools.
"It's kind of on the lower end of the totem pole but has the potential to be one of the big dogs."
Still on the lower end, NU made strides to improve its future. The Wildcats locked up eight commits from Apr. 11-15, and then followed with one of their best gets.
Thompson visited NU three weekends ago, and stayed with Centerville (Ohio) native Ifeadi Odenigbo. That was a contributing factor to his decision.
"It was nice," he said. "I got to really sit down with the players and pick their brains about the school."
Talking to PurpleWildcats.com on April 17, Thompson listed NU, Duke and Michigan State as his three favorites. Shortly after, Notre Dame got in the mix by offering Thompson. He visited Duke to make sure, and immediately after, he "went ahead and made the decision" to attend Northwestern.
His decision in hand, he can get back to work. No one can sleep on the underdog.