By Roy & Harv Schmidt
It was a huge recruiting weekend at Northwestern University, as the Wildcats had four in-state prospects from the class of 2009 on campus for unofficial visits. When it was said and done, two of them came away with scholarship offers.
Extremely reliable sources have informed Illinois Prep Bulls-eye that Northwestern University offered scholarships this weekend to both 6'3 Brandon Paul from Warren Township High School in Gurnee, IL and 7'0 Kyle Rowley from Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, IL. The offers were made yesterday while both players were taking unofficial visits to the Evanston campus, which included watching Northwestern's football game vs. Duke.
The offer from Northwestern brings Paul's scholarship count to four, as he has also been offered by Illinois, Loyola-Chicago, and Wisconsin-Green Bay. In addition, a number of other schools continue to recruit Paul hard and could offer at any time, including Iowa, Purdue, Southern Illinois, USC and Xavier just to name a few. Rowley now has a total of three offers, as he has also been offered by Baylor and Southern Illinois in addition to the Wildcats.
Besides Paul and Rowley, Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody and his coaching staff also had 6'5 Cortney Bell from Lincoln Park High School in Chicago and 6'8 Jack Cooley from Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, IL on campus for unofficial visits this weekend. While neither Bell nor Cooley have received offers from Northwestern as of yet, they both remain high recruiting priorities.
Carmody and his assistants have been absolutely relentless on the recruiting trail and are well positioned with many of the top in-state prospects from the class of 2009. They also had 6'8 forward Jordan Prosser from Eureka High School in Eureka, IL on campus recently.