The good: Garland will receive an offer under one condition.
The bad: It had to wait. Garland needed to improve his grade point average in order to qualify.
Then, Garland told PurpleWildcats.com that the challenge served as "extra drive," and that he needed A's and B's to earn the spot.
Now, with the results fast approaching, the Oak Park (Ill.) Fenwick cornerback told PurpleWildcats.com that he plans to visit Evanston next weekend.
Without speculating, this could be an excellent boost for Fitzgerald if the numbers are positive. The head coach thrives on strong, underrated local players.
The Wildcats would also become his almost undisputed best offer, with the next best from Northern Illinois and Nevada.
On the other end, NU could use at least one other defensive back for its class. The Wildcats reeled in four-star corner David Dowell in April. Their only other major target at the position appears to be Justice Shelton-Mosley of Sacramento Capital Christian.
Garland faces a difficult and intense recruiting process, one that rests on uncertainty. Still, he's right there for Northwestern.
If the numbers are good, turn your heads in time, because there might be another commitment coming.