Persa Finds Perfect Fit

Dan Persa might not be Jimmy Clausen or Willy Korn but Northwestern appears to have found their man. Persa, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound, quarterback from Liberty high in Bethlehem, Pa., is everything that the Wildcats look for in a signal caller. Persa told Purple Reign why Northwestern came out on top of the likes of West Virginia and others.

"I just felt that Northwestern was the best fit for me." Dan Persa said.

"Northwestern is known as one of the great academic institutions in the world and the fact that I'm going to get to play in the Big Ten was also a big reason why I gave Northwestern my verbal commitment.

"Northwestern runs a similar offense to what we run here at Bethlehem. I'm a dual-threat quarterback, so I can run and throw. I've been timed at 4.47 in the 40-yard dash.

"I visited the (Northwestern) campus a couple of times and had a blast. The campus has that Ivy League feel to it and it's right on Lake Michigan. The fact that Evanston is right outside of Chicago also helped in my decision."

Persa walked on campus as a freshman at Liberty and was brought up to quarterback the varsity. As a junior, he threw for 1,916 yards and 25 touchdowns. He rushed for 765 yards and eight touchdowns.

Those numbers were good enough to earn Persa all-conference and area player-of-the year honors.

We asked Persa what his memories were of former coach Randy Walker.

"When Coach Walker offered me, he just told me that he felt that there was no doubt that I was going to be a great player in the Big Ten." Persa said. "What I remember the most though was that he told me that I was a great person."

"I was sad and shocked when Coach (Adam) Cushing sent me a text message telling me that Coach Walk had passed.

"I'm still 110% committed to Northwestern. Coach Fitzgerald and I had a nice talk and he told me that I was going to be his quarterback and he's excited have me committed to the program."

Persa is a two-star recruit according to Scout.com but other web sites have Persa listed as a three-star recruit. Dan carries a 4.3 GPA and he scored an 1100 on his SAT.

U Conn, West Virginia, Akron, Temple and New Hampshire all offered Persa a scholarship.

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