Porcelli Can't Pass on Offer

Chuck Porcelli, a 6-foot-8, 286-pound, offensive tackle, from Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic enjoyed a spring in which several schools offered him a scholarship. When Porcelli received offer #7 from Northwestern, he immediately ended his recruitment with a pledge to the Wildcats.

"Northwestern has everything that I'm looking for in a school," Chuck Porcelli told Scout.com.

"I've been talking to them (Northwestern) since January. I've been to the campus a few times for junior days and unofficial visits.

"I kind of had an idea that Northwestern wanted to offer me for a while now but they needed to see my transcripts and clear through admissions. When that finally happened earlier this month, I received the offer.

"I committed to Northwestern on the spot. It's a great location for me and my family. I really like the coaches and the players. The academics are great and its Big Ten football."

Porcelli also had scholarship offers from Northern Illinois, Toledo, Wyoming, Eastern Michigan, New Mexico and Bowling Green. Rice offered Chuck a scholarship the day after he gave Northwestern a verbal commitment.

Montini Catholic is loaded with D-1 talent. Defensive tackle Garrett Goebel is amongst the nation's elite prospects and linebacker Dex Jones is going to play D-1 football as well.

Bronco's head coach Chris Andreano, a Hall-of-Fame coach in the Land of Lincoln had this to say about Porcelli.

"Chuck (Porcelli) is still a young buck." Coach Andreano said.

"Porcelli's best football days are ahead of him. He's so big that his feet haven't grown into his body yet but we're working on that and Chuck is getting better every day. Chuck has extremely long arms and now we're working on his hips and feet."

Northwestern put together an impressive recruiting class a year ago and Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcat staff haven't missed a beat with verbal commitments from four of the top offensive line prospects in Illinois.

Nequa Valley's Jeff Radek, Loyola Academy's Brian Mulroe and Wheaton North's Nick Adamle all join Chuck Porcelli as Northwestern verbal commitments.

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