Northwestern on Kent's early list

Austin Kent knows that he has a lot of time to make a decision. And he plans on taking that time. But still, the Oregon quarterback has thought about his college options. And right now – admittedly months, maybe even a year before he makes a commitment – Kent says that Northwestern is definitely in the mix.

Austin Kent knows that he has a lot of time to make a decision. And he plans on taking that time.

But that doesn't mean Kent, a 6-6 quarterback from Lake Oswego, Ore., hasn't thought about his college options. And right now – admittedly months, maybe even a year before he makes a commitment – Kent says that Northwestern is in the mix.

"Northwestern seems like a great school," Kent said in an interview with Purple Reign, "and with the combination of academics and athletics, it's definitely a school I'm interested in….They're definitely in the top five."

The other schools in that early top five are Stanford, Washington, Duke and UCLA. Kent said that a few schools – namely Minnesota and North Carolina – have come on recently, but that those five are the most interested in him, and vice-versa.

Kent doesn't have an offer from Northwestern or any of the other schools at the moment. He has, however, been talking with Northwestern recruiting coordinator Adam Cushing and has been receiving letters from NU offensive coordinator Mick McCall.

According to Kent, NU has been recruiting him since last July. And he said that he has every intention of repaying the attention the Wildcats have been paying him.

"I'm going to try to get out there for at least a couple days," Kent said. "One day to check out the campus and then another day for a camp. I'll have to see when I can get out there. I may want to go check out spring practice. That'd be fun. So I'll just see what works out with my parents and take it from there."

Evidenced by some of the schools recruiting him – Duke, Stanford, Northwestern – Kent takes care of business in the classroom. He said he has a 3.6 GPA, and that that number will be going up when he gets his most recent grades, which will include some weighted AP classes.

Again, Kent won't be deciding anything for months; he said he'll be taking visits in June and narrowing things down in July. And who knows what other schools will take an interest in Kent in the meantime. But right now, Northwestern is on the short list, and that's all you can hope for at this point.

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