Northwestern verbal commit Adam DePietro faces an estimated 12-week recovery after an injury in the Chesapeake Bowl, isn’t feeling down. In fact, the Northwestern commit considers himself lucky.
DePietro suffered a dislocated knee cap, broke some cartilage, and also tore a ligament, which required knee surgery. However, he will be ready for Northwestern football practice in August.
“It’s serious, but it’s not devastating,” said DePietro. “I’m really thankful for that.”
On Monday, DePietro had his knee surgically repaired, beginning the long recovery. Later that evening, he hosted his friends, family members, and high school coaches for dinner with special guests Pat Fitzgerald and Bob Heffner.
DePietro’s family and close friends discussed his future at Northwestern with the coaches. He was grateful that Fitzgerald and Heffner came to check in after his surgery.
“That meant a lot to me,” said DePietro. “Knowing that he cared that much about my surgery, me being ok, and recovering well. He has made an investment in me and I really appreciate him coming out.”
DePietro’s physical therapist and doctor are working together to guide his rehabilitation process along, and he hopes to be fully recovered before the projected date in early April.
“It has been less than a week and I’m already walking lightly on it,” DePietro said. “The recovery is supposed to be 12 weeks, but I’m going to work my tail off to make it less than that.”
“We have high expectations and a lot of potential,” DePietro said of his future teammates. “In order to reach that potential, we have to work really hard.”
The highly-touted guard has been continuous receiving phone calls from coaches at Penn State and Pittsburgh, but has not answered the phone. Instead, he allows his parents to politely decline the interest.
“They’re really persistent,” he said. “But they understand that I made my decision and I’m a man of my word.”