"I have Northwestern, Temple and Pitt," Artie Rowell said. "It was great. (The Northwestern offer) came out of nowhere. (Northwestern assistant) coach (Bob) Heffner, his recruiting area is PA, and he also has Washington, DC. He came to my school, saw my film, he liked me, and they decided to go ahead with the offer."
Rowell, so far, is impressed with Northwestern's academic reputation.
"Northwestern is a top academic school, that's one thing I value a lot," Rowell added. "I'm real fired up about that."
After being fired up about Northwestern's academic reputation, Rowell took another unofficial visit to Pitt, the first school to offer him. This time around, it wasn't to watch a practice or see the facilities. It was to learn about Pitt's academic plan.
"We were just in Oakland the whole time," Rowell said. "I got to see the dorms where the freshmen and sophomores live, all the cafeterias. I got to meet with the Dean of the business graduate school. I walked around campus. It was a really nice day. Me and my mother went out."
Regardless of whether it's Pitt or Northwestern, it's very clear that academics will weigh in as a major factor--if not the major factor, for Rowell, when picking a school. After the academics presentation, and what he saw of the campus, Rowell put a stamp on where Pitt stands.
"Pitt has impressed me since my freshman year when I met (tight ends) coach (Brian) Angelichio," Rowell said. "He's done a great job in recruiting me. The academics put everything together. I have a great idea of what Pitt is all about. I really like Pitt. At this point, they're my number-one school. That's where I stand."
With that being said, Rowell clarified as to why he will wait to make a decision, even though he's said he has a number-one school in Pitt.
"I want to go up to Northwestern," Rowell said. "I don't want to make a decision I'll later regret, or wonder ‘What if?' I want to make a trip out to Chicago. I‘ve been to Temple. There‘s other schools that are coming in. I could get another BCS offer, and hopefully really get to know (other coaches recruiting him)."