Menifield verbals to Northwestern

PurpleWildcats.com Publisher
Posted Jun 20, 2012


Northwestern has continued its roll on the recruiting trails. Chatsworth, Calif. running back prospect Xavier Menifield gave his verbal commitment to the Wildcats.

Xavier Menifield didn't know much about Northwestern before he received a scholarship offer. After doing research on what the Wildcats offer, he was sold.

The Chatsworth, Calif. running back had to resist himself from committing on the spot. Less that two weeks later, with more knowledge of Northwestern under his belt, Menifield committed to the Wildcats.

"It was the best of both worlds, it has great academics and a great, well-known program," said Menifield, a two-star prospect.

Menifield, a 5-foot-10, 185-pounder, held offers from Air Force, Army and Wyoming. Northwestern became his lone BCS offer, and immediately jumped in as his favorite school.

Menifield has yet to visit Evanston, though plans to do so in July. He put in extensive research on Northwestern's academics, campus and of course the football program. NU won him over.

"After I did my research and found out it's one of the top 10 schools in the country, in the Big Ten and all the prestige that goes with it, It just caught me," Menifield said.

So Menifield discussed Northwestern with his mother and made the decision official tonight. He called head coach Pat Fitzgerald with the news.

"He seemed just as excited as I was," Menifield said.

Now, Menifield can continue work toward his senior season with Sierra Canyon High School, while preparing for his Northwestern career. He is relieved the recruiting process is over.

"It feels amazing," he said. "I'm glad it's finally over."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs. He currently resides on Chicago's north side.
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