Michigan State commitment Andrew Maxwell is off to a strong start in his senior season. With his…
The Journey of Drew Moulton
The pain Drew Moulton had to endure last year came from two different sources. The Midland High (Midland, MI) wide receiver felt the physical pain of a season ending knee injury, but was also in agony as he watched his team press on without him, reaching the brink of a state title only to fall at Ford Field. It all started last summer, during two a days, when Moulton took a hit to his knee. Following an MRI, doctors thought it was an ACL tear. However, usual symptoms of such an injury -- buckling or looseness were not present, so Drew decided to give it a shot. "I decided to rehab for three weeks," he said, "and try to come back. My goal was to try to come back week three. I started in week three." On the first drive of the game, the Chemics marched right down the field. That's when Andrew Maxwell found Moulton in the end zone for his first varsity touchdown. However, he would tweak his knee again. "I sat out [after feeling discomfort], but I came back in the 2nd quarter," he explained, "I jumped up for a ball and it buckled and that was clear it was torn. I had played in 15 plays." Midland went on to a state title game appearance, where the Chemics fell to Detroit King. Moulton watched and supported his teammates from the sideline saying, "It was way too difficult, I can't put it into words. No player should have to deal with that. It was great being a part of it and I was very happy the team did so well, but sitting there in Ford Field...it was rough." Moulton rehabbed and now he says he is faster than ever even though his knee still is quite all the way back. "Size wise, it is not back to normal, it takes up to a year to get all the mass back and it still gets sore. I'm not 100%, I don't know what 100% is really, as far as training and stuff, I'm over 110% because I'm faster." He proved that last weekend when he came to Northwestern's camp, earned a scholarship and committed to the Wildcats on the spot. "Receiving that offer wasn't as surprising as going into Coach Fitzgerald's office after camp," he admitted, "they told me I'm a scholarship type guy but they needed to find out more about me and I was fine about that. I really hadn't even stepped on a varsity field yet, so it was more than enough to be in his office and get to know the coaches." Moulton, who had also been to Michigan State's camp, could have gone to more camps and waited through his senior season to prove to more schools he was worthy of an offer, but his rapport with the Cats was too strong. "Northwestern is where I wanted to be. I've been interested in the school ever since I thought I could play football there. They're amazing, Coach Fitzgerald and Coach MacPhearson showed me interest without knowing much about me. There is the academic reputation of the school and the campus is beautiful." With that out of the way, Moulton can now concentrate on the upcoming season. The Chemics have been left with a bad taste after nearly winning that elusive state title and of course, Moulton is right there with them. "We've been working for a couple weeks now. We know we have to step up, we know what it takes, we know what to expect and we're going to try to take it to another level." Moulton is Northwestern's fourth verbal commitment on the year.
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