Vitabile commits

Earlier today, Brandon Vitabile, a three-star center from New Jersey, gave an oral commitment to Northwestern. Vitable, who chose NU over Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Michigan State, talked with Purple Reign about his commitment. Inside, see what the No. 16 center had to say about his new team.

Center Brandon Vitabile committed to Northwestern today, becoming the second offensive lineman of the 2010 class along with Paul Jorgenson.

Vitable, a three-star prospect, is ranked by Scout as the No. 16 center in the nation. While a handful of schools had offered the 6-3, 295-pound recruit, Northwestern ultimately won out over Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Michigan State.

On how it feels to have a decision made...

It's nice. It takes a little off your shoulders. I'm glad it's over and now I can go focus on getting better for when I get there.

On what helped lure him to NU...

(One a June visit) I sat down with Coach (Bob) Heffner, who made me feel great. He showed me what he thinks I can do under his guidance at the next level, and It made me fee like I could be successful. And then I sat down with coach Fitzgerald and that was a great conversation. He's a great guy and he's young and he was in the same position I was in, so he knows what it's like to go through this process.

And I also got to meet with a couple of the players. They call it the NU football family, and that's what it feels like. It's a team effort, and football's a team sports, and however good you are as a person, you can only go as far as your team can take you. It's a good thing to have that when you'll be as far away from home as I am. It'll be good to have a surrogate family, I guess....

You know, the coaching staff is a young group of guys. They know what they're doing and the program is taking off, and playing in the Big Ten – you can't beat that. Plus the education is unrivaled anywhere in Division I sports.

On whether he thought Evanston may be a little far from his native New Jersey...

That's what my mom keeps saying. Even if I went to school down the school down the street, the time I have at home wouldn't be too much. But I just wanted to find someplace where I was comfortable.

Special thanks to Mike Fowler from for his help with this story.

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