As a high-school sophomore, Matthew Alviti was called upon to lead 0-2 Maine South. Unproven and inexperienced, Alviti made history, leading the Redhawks to 12 straight wins and a state championship.
Shortly after that game, Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald called the sophomore to offer a scholarship.
Little did Alviti know, he was about to become a commodity. Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska and Notre Dame, among others, made a strong push for the four-star quarterback.
While attending Northwestern's Saturday spring game, Alviti chose the school which was loyal from the very beginning.
"The fact that they recruited me so hard, they were there for me and always showed great interest in me, that means a lot," Alviti said of Northwestern.
Alviti, ranked the No. 11 quarterback in the country, had narrowed his list of options to Northwestern, Michigan State and Nebraska, cutting Notre Dame just recently.
Though Alviti was receiving heavy interest from his other suitors, he wanted to be a Wildcat; not for any specific reason, though.
"I really can't point to one (deciding factor) specifically, it's the right place for me and the right fit for me," said Alviti.
After taking the ACT test in the morning, Alviti arrived at Ryan Field to watch the Wildcats spring game. During the visit, he sat down with Pat Fitzgerald in the football office and broke the news. Northwestern got its guy.
"He was very excited," Alviti said of Fitzgerald. "I'm the first one to commit in the class. He was very excited and very happy that I committed."
Alviti becomes Northwestern's first member of the 2013 recruiting class, and is also NU's third four-star recruit since last year.
The highly-touted quarterback is relieved his busy recruitment is over, but thrilled to be a Northwestern Wildcat.
"It feels great now that I don't have to really worry about much anymore," he said. "Coach Fitzgerald is a great coach and a great guy. I'm excited to be a part of the Wildcat family."