Allen (TX) High School center Brad North committed this weekend after an unofficial visit. North is Northwestern’s fourth commit of their 2013 class.
“All of the people at the school just made me feel at home, I knew it was the right decision,” North said. “I have no regrets, I’m confident that this is the right place for me.”
The junior had offers from Boise State, Nevada, Washington State, San Diego State and Houston, among others.
North’s recruiting process took a turn for the better when he attended the Nike Training Combine at Cowboys Stadium (March 24-25). Prior to the two-day workout, he had no offers. After being named MVP of the combine, he received three, including NU.
“I was really happy with my results,” he said. “It felt like everything was coming together. It was a big weekend for me.”
The most impressive part about his performance at the combine was his medical state at the time. North was recovering from a broken scaphoid in his wrist. He has since recovered, and now feels that he can play better than he did in late March.
North’s had two main reasons for making his decision. The first was Pat Fitzgerald’s coaching style and the noticeable upward trajectory of the program since he inherited the head coaching job. The second is the academics, the belief that NU can best prepare him for a life after football.
“I kept having conversations with my parents, and it [Northwestern] always seemed like the best option,” he said. “I’m very humbled to have this opportunity and I will make the most of it.”