It's June 15, and Northwestern sits No. 21 in Scout.com's national Class of 2015 rankings. The program is wasting no time ensuring that 2016 looks even better, and extended an offer to 2016 tight end Cary Angeline of Exton (Pa.) Downington East HS.
"It was an awesome feeling getting offered by Northwestern," Angeline told PurpleWildcats.com on Sunday. At 6-foot-7 and 230 lbs., Angeline is one of NU's most ambitious targets to date. His list of offers already includes Miami, Duke, Penn State and Michigan State.
An athletic tight end who also plays power forward for Downington East's basketball team, Angeline quickly caught the eye of Bob Heffer. The NU superbacks coach flew to Exton to watch him practice, and explained how he could fit in the team's speedy offensive scheme.
"It sounds like it's a mix between an H-back, tight end and receiver," Angeline said of the superback position. "I think I can fit the role well."
But the path to landing Angeline is a lengthy one. Angeline says that location won't be a factor in his recruitment, but prestige and tradition rank at the top of his priorities. MSU, Penn State and Miami will all offer strong pitches. The Hurricanes were the first program to extend an offer.
Angeline does plan to visit Northwestern. His uncle lives in the area, and though he doesn't expect to narrow down his growing list for almost a year, getting to as many campuses as possible is an immediate goal. Angeline has already toured Miami, Penn State, Rutgers, Temple and Boston College.
He and Heffer speak on a "weekly, or definitely bi-weekly" basis. Northwestern is aiming high from the get-go for the Class of ‘16 with Angeline.