WARREN, Mich. – Offensive guard Jordan Asbury, a junior out of Warren (Mich.) De La Salle, added onto a steadily growing offer sheet when the Northwestern Wildcats joined the fray on Wednesday. Northwestern joins Air Force, Army, Ball State, and Bowling Green as schools to offer Asbury.
“I thought it was amazing” Asbury said. “It was great. My first Big Ten offer. It’s what I have dreamed about since I was a little boy, so it was very exciting.”
Standing at 6’4” and 268-pounds, Asbury says he has been hearing from a host of schools, but Northwestern and Iowa top that list. Although his recruitment from the Wildcats is rather new, Northwestern had been coming on strong before extending an offer earlier yesterday.
“It started maybe three weeks ago or a month ago,” Asbury said. “Coach Cushing, the offensive lineman coach at Northwestern, came to visit my school. I wasn’t there because I was in Georgia at the time, but I got his number from my coach so I called to talk to him. He seemed very interested and I had a good talk with him.
“We’ve kept in contact through Twitter and he said he was going to come to one of my workouts to watch me. He came last Thursday to my workout–my lineman workout after school–and afterwards he talked to me through Twitter that he was very excited to meet me, and that we will be talking soon. Today he sent me a message through Twitter, and then he called me and said he was going to offer me. When I got out of school, I called him and received the offer.”
Since his recruitment from Northwestern is still rather recent, Asbury is still taking time to build relationships with members of the Wildcats’ staff.
“As of now, I have only really built a good relationship with the offensive line coach,” Asbury said. “Today I did talk with coach Fitzgerald, the head coach, so I plan on visiting there in a couple weeks.”
Growing up in Michigan, Asbury has been familiar with the Northwestern program for quite some time, and a childhood friend’s father is responsible for planting the seed early on.
“One of my friends at school, his father played at Northwestern and was a captain,” Asbury said. “I hang out with him a lot, so he has a ton of Northwestern stuff at his house. I’ve always been kind of interested in them, but growing up I’ve known them. I know that they’re one of the best academic schools in the nation and they’ve been competing in the Big Ten, really raising their game in the past five to seven years by going to some bowl games and doing better.”
As of right now, Asbury intends to visit both Northwestern and Iowa this summer, although the dates have not been worked out at this point. For the Hawkeyes’, Asbury has been in contact for much longer, and it appears that an offer may be on the way.
“It all started the first day that they could send you mail,” Asbury said. “Iowa has been sending mail since the beginning of my junior year. Then a couple of coaches from Iowa–coach Wallace and coach Bell–they have been talking to me through Twitter.
“Coach Bell came into my school maybe two or three weeks ago to talk to me for a minute. This past Monday morning their offensive lineman coach came to my morning workouts, and I had a nice talk with him. Sounds like they have two guys right now that are going to commit, and he said I will know within ten days if I will be getting an offer or not.”
Once Asbury does take a visit to the pair of Big Ten programs, the rising junior offensive lineman knows what he is going to be looking for from each school.
“I’m definitely going to be looking at the academic portion, and obviously the football program,” Asbury said. “I’m definitely looking at my major and their criminal justice programs now. Another big thing is I would be staying the night on these visits, and getting a feel for the players and getting their honest opinion on how things go and asking them questions.”