Tyler Lancaster had Northwestern standing as his favorite school since longer than he could remember. On Friday, he attended the Wildcats' one-day camp, entering with hopes that he could earn a scholarship offer.
After performing in front of Pat Fitzgerald, Lancaster was called into the head coach's office, and told to wait patiently as the coaching staff evaluated his performance. That wait didn't last too long.
Lancaster received the scholarship offer shortly after leaving camp, and immediately made the decision, he would be a Wildcat.
"It feels great, it's such a relief right now," Lancaster said of his commitment to Northwestern. "I feel like I can sit back and focus on high school. I don't have to worry about the college (searching) aspect, I'm going to be a 'Cat."
When Lancaster broke the news to Fitzgerald, the two were equally excited.
"It was great, we were both ecstatic," Lancaster said. "I told him and his reaction was just great, he sounded extremely happy that I accepted being a Wildcat."
"They saw how athletic I was and put me on both sides of the ball," Lancaster said. "They are thinking of putting me on defensive line. They liked how much I've improved."
Lancaster is Northwestern's third verbal commitment from Friday, joining the company of Allen (TX) High School offensive lineman Brad North and Kinkaid (TX) High School wide receiver Macan Wilson.
For Lancaster, it was a no-brainer to become a Wildcat; he just had to earn the chance.
"They're Big Ten, always wanted to play in the Big Ten," he said. "They're an hour away from home, so I can come home whenever I need to, and their academics are outstanding. It was pretty clear cut for me."