One of three NU offers, 2014 DB set to visit

Northwestern faces an uphill battle to land Khari Blasingame, one of only three offers that Northwestern has extended.

After winning a bowl game, earning a spot in preseason polls and compiling one of the best recruiting classes in program history, Northwestern collapsed.

Khari Blasingame didn't notice.

"I didn't even know they were on a seven-game losing streak. I didn't do my research," the 2014 defensive back admits to PW. "Everybody has down years, but it definitely sways my decision now that I know their record."

Blasingame, a safety at Buckhorn (AL) High School, earned an offer from Northwestern Nov. 21, five days after the Wildcats lost to Michigan in triple-overtime. Before that, his only other offers came from Minnesota, Alabama at Birmingham, South Alabama, Middle Tennessee and Appalachian State.

He's one of three remaining offers for Cats, along with Garrett Dickerson and Parrker Westphal; all three will join 10 commits from the class of 2014 this weekend for an official visit. It's Blasingame's second time venturing from Alabama to the Midwest, after visiting Minnesota last month.

Unlike four-stars Dickerson and Westphal, Blasingame hasn't received much attention in the recruiting world, despite tallying 10 rushing touchdowns and two interceptions as a senior. He plays both sides of the ball with a chip on his shoulder as a result.

"I feel like I'm an underrated guy. I feel like most people don't know about me. Given the chance, I can use my work ethic and my grind to put myself on the map," he says. "I think I can get on the field and give good energy in my first year."

Blasingame adds that he believes he can be an immediate contributor at either Northwestern or Minnesota. Blasingame would be arriving as Ibraheim Campbell enters his senior season; the Wildcats ranked 99th in the FBS in pass defense, while the Gophers ranked 41st.

Blasingame says he'll make a decision between the two programs shortly after his visit this weekend. He rang the praise of Minnesota's coaching staff, saying that his visit revealed the personalization and family atmosphere of the team. At Northwestern, Blasingame will be focusing more on academics.

"I would say right now, my leader is Minnesota," he says. "But who knows what will happen?"

For now, safety Jordan Thomas remains the Cats' only defensive back in the class of 2014. Though Northwestern's secondary is young — none of the four starters this season were seniors — the team will need to add either Blasingame or Westphal to round out its commits.

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