Northwestern has not often resonated in the minds of many of the nation's top college football recruits in the past; however, the Wildcats have made significant strides on the recruiting trail as of late and managed to secure a commitment from 4-star quarterback Matt Alviti (Park Ridge, IL) on Saturday afternoon.
"I'm all done and I committed to Northwestern today," Alviti told EdgyTim.com shortly after his announcement. "I knew for a while that I wanted to play for Northwestern but I took a few extra days to talk things over with my family. Everyone is really excited about my decision including the coaches at Northwestern."
The Maine South High School standout described Northwestern as "the perfect fit" for him in terms of the kind of program the Wildcats are building as well as their offensive philosophies.
"As a quarterback I can't think of a better offense to run than the Northwestern offense," the 6'0", 176-pounder said. "It's just a really good fit for me and I also just love the coaches and the energy surrounding the football program."
Alviti's skill set is similar to current Northwestern quarterback and incumbent starter Kain Colter along with the Wildcats' outgoing star signal-caller Dan Persa, who were both able to make big plays with their arms as well as their legs. The Illinois native has 4.6 40-yard dash speed and recorded a time of 4.51 seconds in the shuttle.
The No. 210 overall prospect and No. 9 ranked dual-threat quarterback, according to Rivals.com, had his list narrowed down to Northwestern and Michigan State after highly touted quarterback prospect Malik Zaire (Kettering, OH) committed to Notre Dame on March 25th.
"I honestly knew for awhile Northwestern was the team to beat for me," Alviti said. "I also really liked Michigan State but in the end I chose the school that is the best fit all around for me."
The highly touted recruit became only the third 4-star caliber prospect to commit to Northwestern over the past two seasons.
Prior to the 2012 recruiting class, the Wildcats only managed to sign one 4-star prospect since 2003, which indicates seventh year head coach Pat Fitzgerald has Northwestern heading in the right direction.
Now that Alviti has decided where he will play collegiate football, the first commit in Northwestern's 2013 recruiting class is determined to get back to work and focus on winning a state championship in his senior year of high school.
"I'm just really happy and excited about my decision," Alviti said. "I can just focus on Maine South and we have a lot of business to take care of next season."
Zach Dirlam is the lead editor of the College Basketball section as well as Big Ten columnist for the Fox Sports/MSN/YardBarker affiliate website Sports at Work. Check out his blog, Dirlam’s Dirty Dugout Sports Blog, which features this story, along with other articles and video reports on major sports.
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