Three-star running back Adonis Ameen-Moore has had an offer from Northwestern since March. He's been talking with offensive coordinator Mick McCall, Facebooking with Fitz and handling logistics – sending his transcripts, social security number and the like to Evanston. (In fact, it was via Facebook that Fitz implored Ameen-Moore to shoot off that info.)On those fronts, Ameen-Moore's recruitment is moving right along.
But Ameen-Moore, Scout.com's No. 69 back for 2011, doesn't want to make a decision blind. Indeed, he wants to visit Northwestern this fall, maybe catch a game, stroll around campus, check out Chi-town, etc. Those are all things he wants to inform his decision.Now it's a matter of finding out whether or not he'll get the invite.
"I'm trying to call coach (Mick) McCall and set up an official (visit) this fall," said the 5-10, 215-pound Ameen-Moore. "I'm going to go out there this fall for sure if they let me. I was supposed to go out this month for an unofficial visit, but now I'm looking to get out there this fall for an official."When asked if he thought Northwestern was going to bring him in for a visit, Ameen-Moore said he wasn't sure.
"I don't know yet (if they'll invite me out)," Ameen-Moore said. "I got the offer but I don't know if they're going to have me for a visit."Ameen-Moore, a native of Denver, said he wanted to make it to Evanston this summer for an unofficial, but between basketball, football workouts and volunteering at a youth football camp, he was simply too busy to make it happen.
Northwestern has offered scholarships to a number of 2011 running backs, some of whom are still uncommitted. Four-star prospect Justice Hayes says that he is seriously considering Northwestern, and three-star back Tra Carson is also still a candidate.A few other back with NU offers have already committed elsewhere. Remound Wright (who committed to Stanford), Jarrell Oliver (Utah) and Tom Smith (Tennessee) were all holding offers from the Wildcats before they gave their commitments.
Thus, Ameen-Moore is one of the top-rated running backs left on the docket for NU's 2011 class – and he's backed up the hype. As a junior last season, Ameen-Moore ran for more than 1,600 yards and scored 20 touchdowns; he has 59 TDs for his career.Ameen-Moore has a special connection with NU's offensive coordinator Mick McCall. McCall coached at Mullen High School – Ameen-Moore's current stomping grounds – and won a state title there in 1998, a feat Ameen-Moore duplicated last season. McCall also graduated from Southern Colorado, where he later coached for five years.
"That's real cool to me," Ameen-Moore said of McCall's Colorado's roots. "We know the same things; he knows what's going on at Mullen. He's a dude from Colorado, so he's always looking out for Colorado players. That's a big plus right there."As for a front-runner, Ameen-Moore said there isn't one yet.
"I'm keeping them all even. I got no schools ahead of any other schools. I'm keeping them all even."Maybe a visit to Evanston could change that.
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