In the past month, Northwestern coaches have visited Aka at Pike High School twice, and left a good vibe with the three-star defensive end. Northwestern was impressed with his highlight film, but want to see his test scores.
Aka (6-4, 253) is planning on taking the SAT on June 6th and the ACT on June 11th. Once those scores are in, he feels optimistic that the Wildcats will extend an offer.
"My guess is they're pretty close to offering," Aka said.
Throughout his recruitment, Aka has grown close to Northwestern wide receivers coach Dennis Springer—his main recruiter. Now, NU defensive line coach Marty Long is hoping to build a relationship with Aka.
The two spoke on the phone this afternoon, and had a very nice talk.
"We were just talking about getting closer to each other and getting to know each other a little better," said Aka.
The Indianapolis native has visited Evanston and learned a lot more about the school. Overall, Northwestern has left a positive impression.
"I like the school and I like the fact that it's in Chicago—not far from Indiana," Aka said. "Great academics schools—not big but not too small. Not everyone is going to get in so to get in, you feel special. You feel like the type of person who's at a high level. I think that's a good thing."
And with that positive impression, Aka can see himself as a Wildcat down the road.
"(Northwestern) is definitely a school that I can see myself going to in the next four years," said Aka.
Thus far, Aka has offers from Akron, Arkansas State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Kentucky, and Western Michigan. He's also picked up interest from Northwestern, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Stanford, and others.
Aka is not in any rush to make a commitment because he's waiting for more offers to come in.
"I'm being patient," he said.
Off the field, Aka carries a 3.4 grade point average. He's hoping to be a biochemical engineer in college.