Despite distance, Darnold plans to visit NU

After Northwestern offered, Sam Darnold wanted to visit Evanston. Will a strong trip outweigh his current preferences?

Sam Darnold wants warm weather.

He wants to play near his home in San Clemente, California.

But even though Northwestern provides neither of those qualities, Darnold wants to weight the prospect of playing at NU.

"If I go up to Northwestern, and I really like what I see and how I feel, anything could happen," Darnold told PurpleWildcats.com on Thursday.

Two weeks ago, offensive coordinator Mick McCall watched Darnold throw and liked the three-star quarterback. Why? Darnold said he threw well in the wind—one quality that McCall had been looking for.

"I got on the phone a week later with Coach Fitzgerald, and he just said how great of a fit I would be," Darnold said. "They wanted to offer me a full scholarship."

Darnold hopes to visit Evanston in the next few weeks before making his decision at the end of June. The short timeline hurts NU, which needs to work quickly and build strong relationships with him.

"No doubt Northwestern is a great academic school," he said. "That's just amazing in itself. I just want to try to build on that and really take some more steps with the coaches there."

Darnold holds other offers from Tennessee, Utah, Nevada and Wake Forest, all of which could be on the visit agenda in the busy late stages of his recruitment. Still, he said Northwestern is "definitely on that list."

The NU quarterback carousel continues: The Wildcats have also offered Travis Waller and Jason Pellerin. They are considering Keith Washington, who they offered as an athlete, and local prospect Lloyd Yates.

NU landed Matt Alviti and Clayton Thorson in consecutive years, but of course, will try to land the best possible candidate.


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