Lemke-Bell picks NU after Fitzgerald speech

2015 offensive tackle Adam Lemke-Bell talks about his Northwestern commitment, and the pitch that made his decision sensible.

On a weekend visit to Northwestern, Adam Lemke-Bell sat down with Pat Fitzgerald and running backs coach Matt MacPherson.

During the meeting, Fitzgerald frankly asked him: "What kind of man do you want to grow up to be?"

Lemke-Bell knew the answer, and after considering it overnight, he woke up and made his pivotal college decision.

"The only thing I could think about was Northwestern," Lemke-Bell told PurpleWildcats.com an hour after his commitment.

The three-star offensive tackle from Oak Park (Ill.) River Forest HS became the 11th commit for Northwestern's 2015 recruiting class.

On Saturday morning, he considered his decision, and then planned to call other coaches who were recruiting him. Though he was "grateful" to other schools–a show of class—he needed only one visit to Northwestern.

"When Northwestern offered, I said it was a game changer," Lemke-Bell said. "Yesterday, I visited and didn't know what to expect.

"But I thought there was a lot of good stuff. I thought I was probably going to end up going here, but I didn't want to make any commitments."

Earlier in May, Lemke-Bell told PurpleWildcats.com that he planned to make a decision right before his high school season. After receiving an offer, he spoke to his coaches about the potential of making an earlier decision. They understood.

Almost overwhelmed by the situation, Lemke-Bell said he had "gratitude" for the opportunity to play for Northwestern. And as a highly touted local offensive tackle, he's joining a program that truly needs him.

Lemke-Bell becomes the first (of likely two) offensive linemen to join the 2015 recruiting class. He called position coach Adam Cushing about his decision shortly after making the call and said: "You've got yourself a Wildcat."

So they did, and before the end of the May, NU sits in excellent position. With 11 commits for the class, the Wildcats rank among the nation leaders in commit numbers-while addressing key positions including the offensive line.

Adam Lemke-Bell knew what he wanted to grow up to be. After a careful pitch, Pat Fitzgerald sold him on Northwestern being the best option.

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