Monheim Likes Northwestern Visit

Monheim Likes Northwestern Visit

Orrville (OH) linebacker Mason Monheim is in the middle of his tour of visits, which included a stop in Evanston to see Northwestern. He left knowing where he stands with the Wildcats.

This weekend, Mason Monheim stopped by Northwestern on Friday, Illinois on Saturday, and will visit Boston College on Monday. Monheim had a chance to visit Northwestern's campus, and really enjoyed his tour.

"It was a beautiful campus," Monheim said. "It looks out on Lake Michigan. It's got a city feel. It went well all-around."

During his tour, Monheim toured Northwestern's athletic facilities and campus, went to lunch, and visited with Coach Pat Fitzgerald, Adam Cushing, and Randy Bates. It was his talk with Coach Bates—who would be his position coach—that he will remember the most.

Coach Bates was completely honest in answering each question, and the Monheim was very appreciative of that.

"He basically wasn't going to sit there and talk me up, and that's exactly what I wanted," Monheim said.

Later in their conversation, Bates told the three-star linebacker about the Wildcats' linebacker, how they fit in with the defense, and where Monheim fits in with Northwestern's plans.

"He told me the truth," Monheim said. "He told me my position—probably a "Will" or "Sam" linebacker. He touched on how I'm not the prototypical Mike linebacker. He said if you come around and look at their players, they're not the prototypical linebacker either. He said the people they're going to offer, they're going to fit with the team and the academics there. They're not going to offer a lot of kids, they're going to look at the kind of kids they are."

The 6'1, 215-lb linebacker was told to attend one of the Wildcats' summer camps, which will give him the opportunity to prove himself to the Northwestern coaches. Monheim said he definitely plans on attending.

During his talk with Bates, Monheim learned that he is definitely in Northwestern's plans for linebacker recruiting. Though he has not been offered, the linebacker was told that it is a definite possibility. In the meantime, Monheim feels assured that he can earn an offer from the Wildcats.

"I feel confident in that I can go out there and perform pretty well, and impressive some people," Monheim said. "I feel like I can meet his expectation level to get an offer. I feel pretty confident about it."

As Monheim sorts out his visits, he knows one thing for sure that will impact his decision—academics are the most-important thing. He says Northwestern has an edge in that aspect.

"I said it before, I'm big on academics and you can't get better than Northwestern," he said. "That's definitely a big plus."

Thus far, Monheim has received offers from Illinois, Kent State, and Miami (OH). In addition, he's gotten interest from Northwestern along with Boston College, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and others.

During his sophomore season, Monheim recorded 100 tackles. He ousted himself as a junior, finishing with 190 tackles--13.5 tackles per game--including 36 tackles for a loss. He currently carries a 3.98 GPA.

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