Northwestern assistant coach Dennis Springer stopped by Fort Wayne Snider (Ind) High School on…
Painter Takes First Unofficial
The strong start Weston Painter has had to his junior year is a welcomed sight for him, his teammates and everyone around the Snider program. The 6'3, 277-lb defensive tackle is coming off a season ending injury from last year, but seems to have left that behind him. "I'm coming off an ACL," he explained. "The first game was confidence and getting it back, but last week, I played a really good game and it feels like it's all back, locked in and ready and I hope it keeps going up from there." Schools noting his talent and recovery have been in contact since everything opened up on September 1st. "Things were pretty busy," Painter said. "I've heard from Purdue and I just recently went to Indiana over the weekend to go to a game and check out campus. Another one is Michigan State and some MAC schools as well. They're coming in slowly, but they're coming." That trip to Bloomington was Painter's first unofficial visit, and he says it was a positive experience. "It went really well. I like what they're about down there. There's a lot to see. I like how they play their defensive front and the facilities are nice." The Hoosiers are intrigued enough by Painter that they will personally evaluate him very soon. "They're going to come in. One of the coaches is going to come to Fort Wayne in a couple weeks here to see me play and get back to them with e-mail, letters and phone. They didn't say too much to me because it was before the game and they were all locked in and stuff." From here, Painter will continue to visit schools and hope to show them that he is all the way back and worthy of a scholarship offer. "I plan to go back to Indiana. They wanted me to go back this weekend, but I can't make it. I might go up to Ball State, and I really want to go to Western Michigan. I like them and I want to go see that school."
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