Noah Westerfield has seen his recruitment skyrocket this spring and now holds a total of 13 offers. Options include schools from the ACC and Big 10 as well as an array of quality non-BCS programs.
But the Frisco Wakeland linebacker has narrowed it down to three favorites.
"Boise State and Northwestern are both in my top three because they are both very good schools. With Northwestern, you're going to get a great education, and I have a lot of family in Chicago," Westerfield said. "Boise State is just awesome. They have a great reputation, and I really love the coaching staff."
So which is the other school still in the race for this talented three-star prospect?
"SMU is probably my favorite right now," he said. "They offer a great education, and it's really close to home. Going back to the visit, I really liked the campus and the facilities, and all the coaches were great. It really exceeded my expectations."
Another big reason why SMU is still in contention for Westerfield is his strong relationship with defensive coordinator Tom Mason, who extended an offer in April. Westerfield says they communicate frequently and had a lengthy conversation last week.
"He checked in to see how I was doing and where I stood as far as the recruiting process. He let me know that they had a few linebackers already committed, but he would make things work for me," Westerfield said. "I enjoy talking to Coach Mason. He's just a really cool and laid back person. He is someone I would like to play for."
But SMU may see the competition for Westerfield heat up in the next few weeks. Westerfield has visited both Arizona State and TCU this summer and believes both schools could offer soon, which would shake up his current list.
Westerfield is scheduled to make an unofficial visit to Northwestern on July 5 and plans on traveling to Boise State a few weeks later. Following those two trips, Westerfield says he'll make his decision and commit.
"Right now, I'm just trying to focus on those three schools," he said. "I don't know what's going to happen with the other schools but right now, it's SMU, Northwestern and Boise State. I've already visited SMU so now I just need to see Northwestern and Boise State so I can make my decision."
The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder would be an excellent fit at outside linebacker in SMU's 3-4 scheme and says while the recruiting process has been exciting, he hasn't lost focus on working hard this offseason.
"I work out Monday through Thursday with the team and have been trying to improve my speed and strength," he said. "This season I'm going to be playing outside linebacker and defensive end and might even see time at wide receiver so I'm just getting ready."
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