Monday, March 18, 2013
Thorson sees bright future at Northwestern
By Jared Shanker
When Pat Fitzgerald talks with a recruit, he always leaves one question for prospects to ponder.
“How can the next four years prepare you for the next 40 years?”
That question hit home with Watch List quarterback Clayton Thorson (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton North), and the answer he came up with is that Northwestern is the school that will prepare him best for life after football.
So on Sunday, Thorson committed to the Wildcats and Fitzgerald.
“I’ve been blessed with these opportunities to spend time with a lot of coaches and visited many schools,” Thorson said, “and I’d like to play in the Big Ten and felt Northwestern was the best fit for me.”
Thorson was only a few days removed from a two-day midweek visit to Penn State when he and his parents sat down to talk over the weekend. He did not visit Northwestern recently, but his relationship with Fitzgerald and his recruiting pitch resonated with Thorson.
When talking with his family, Thorson felt a degree from Northwestern would mean more in the business and financial spectrum -- which he plans to enter after graduation -- than any other school that offered.
On the field, Thorson took notice of the job Fitzgerald and quarterbacks coach Mick McCall have done developing the position.
“Coach McCall has done a great job with Mike Kafka and Dan Persa and Trevor Siemian and Kain Colter,” Thorson said. “It’s going to be a joy working with him. It’ll develop me into the quarterback I’d like to be.”
While much of the decision had to do with the next 40 years of Thorson’s life, he feels the next four could be special, too.
“Coach Fitzgerald is a great guy,” Thorson said. “I want to be a part of what he’s building. They’re gonna win Big Ten championships and national championships and I want to be a part of those teams.”