Lyons Township (Ill.) two-way standout Matt Harris held offers from a number of schools, which he believed each hold their own positive characteristics. However, one school stood above the rest in his mind.
Harris feels Northwestern is the perfect school for him, so he pledged to the Wildcats' 2013 recruiting class during a Thursday campus visit.
"I just felt like it was the best fit for me," Harris said of Northwestern. "All the other schools that I got offers from, they were all great schools, and I feel like any one would have been good, but Northwestern was the perfect fit for me and my family."
The 12th member of Northwestern's class, Harris committed to play cornerback for the Wildcats.
Harris and his family visited Evanston during Thursday morning, and he had intentions of committing to Northwestern. The visit solidified his feelings for the school.
"I felt like it was the perfect school for me, so there was no point in waiting," said Harris. "There are great schools out there but I feel like Northwestern is the best one for me."
Harris also held scholarship offers from Boston College, Illinois, Miami, Toledo and Wisconsin. In the end, his choice came down to the Badgers and Wildcats.
The difference-maker for Harris was comfort with Northwestern and its football program, though NU's academic prestige was also a plus.
"I just felt more comfortable, my family is the most important thing in my life," Harris said. "It means a lot to get a great education and play football at the same time."
The recruiting process became tiring for Harris and he was ready to end it.
"It feels great, it's a big load off, but it feels great," Harris said of his decision. "I'm excited to be a part of the family."