Eric Joraskie entered his visit to Northwestern unsure of what to expect. The Mount Carmel, PA. native knew of the university's academic prestige and success on the football field, but had no idea what he would find on campus.
Northwestern blew away Joraskie, who committed to the Wildcats' 2013 recruiting class as he said goodbye to head coach Pat Fitzgerald.
"I just absolutely loved everything about it, there's not a better place I've been," Joraskie said of Northwestern. "It has a beautiful campus, high-end academics, high-end football, has a small-town feel. Evanston is a great town and still has all the opportunities of Chicago. The people were the best part. Everything you'd want is there."
Upon arriving on campus, Joraskie remained unsure if he would pledge to Northwestern. He held the Wildcats "on a high pedestal" entering the visit, but needed to discover more. NU sold him during his time in Evanston.
"I had never seen the place before," Joraskie said. "I knew the academics were as prestigious as it gets, and it's Big Ten football, but I had never been there. I had to be around the people and see if I fit. I wasn't sure about anything. After being there for a while, I was sure."
During the visit, Joraskie met with Northwestern players and coaches, toured the campus and football facilities, then spent the night with Wildcat players.
As Joraskie prepared to leave campus, Pat Fitzgerald said goodbye and wished him same travels. Joraskie told the head coach he wanted to be a Wildcat.
Fitzgerald was thrilled, letting out an excited scream. He then told Joraskie, "Welcome to the family."
Northwestern lands Joraskie, a three-star defensive tackle prospect, was recruited to play that position with the Wildcats. Now that his commitment is made, Joraskie feels relieved the recruiting process is over.
"I'm happy to know I made the right decision," he said. "It's a great place to be."