Of the 10 commits who visited Northwestern
this past weekend, Cameron Queiro
might have left Evanston the proudest.
During the visit, his friend and high school teammate Garrett Dickerson continued the family bond and committed to the Wildcats. The Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic HS linebacker felt he was worthy of some credit.
"I feel good about it because I feel like I helped so much in recruiting him," Queiro said. "I'm glad he's coming with us. He just found the same thing I found: the academics and the football culture and a bunch of people just like him."
Beyond playing their entire careers alongside each other, Queiro and Dickerson have something else in common: They followed their brothers to the program that fit best.
The most memorable event of the weekend – for practically everybody – was when they went to Pat Fitzgerald's house for dinner. Some commits learned of Dickerson's decision at that point, and congratulated him on joining them.
Queiro was struck by something else. Though he'll play with his brother and some close friend, the dinner at Fitz's exposed the closeness existing within the NU football community.
"Even if you don't have family there, the players there are basically family," Queiro said. "I've never seen a group of people so close."
Queiro and fellow commit Fred Wyatt both spoke about the increased communication between 2014 pledges. If anything, NU's recent seven-game losing streak strengthened their connection: "We're motivated to change it."
Queiro compared this season to that of Michigan State in 2012, when the Spartans stumbled before returning to form in this year's Big Ten Championship campaign.
Basically, this weekend was perfect for NU football: Everyone's buying in, no one's flinching and the class of 2014 seems committed to helping this program recover from its most disappointing season.
"I've been [to Evanston] a bunch of times so I liked it," Queiro said. "The players I was with, they love it as well."
Cameron Queiro talks about Garrett Dickerson's commitment and the class of 2014's loyalty.
The Oradell (N.J.) helped to secure another NU family connection.