For over three months, North Side senior D'Marcus Moon has been weighing his options since he received his first and only Division I scholarship offer from Eastern Michigan.
Next week, he may just be ready to make a final decision.
The Redskins linebacker who finished with 101 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and an area-high 14 sacks in his senior year while helping North Side to its first SAC championship since 1991 will visit Eastern Michigan on an official visit next weekend.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Moon will meet new Eagles head coach Chris Creighton for the first time and discuss his potential future with the program.
“I plan on making my decision on my official visit,” Moon said. “I most likely will end up at Eastern Michigan.”
That is not to say that other programs still have not been in contact. Moon has recently heard from Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Indiana and Purdue, with Hoosiers linebacker coach and co-defensive coordinator William Inge staying in daily contact.
Indiana has told Moon it wants to see what happens with some of its other remaining linebacker targets and has yet to offer a scholarship.
Moon visited Eastern Michigan during the college football season when the Eagles hosted Ohio University in mid-October. Despite a lopsided defeat, Moon was impressed with what he saw.
“It was amazing,” Moon said. “The game atmosphere was unbelievable.”
Eastern Michigan went 2-10 this past season in a tumultuous campaign. Junior wide receiver Demarius Reed was shot and killed at his off-campus apartment in October, a tragedy that was followed up by former head coach Ron English's firing in November after a tape surfaced of him berating his players with vulgarity.
Creighton takes over after six years at Drake University.
Creighton has been in contact with Moon and has reassured him that he still wants the linebacker a member of the Eastern Michigan recruiting class.
“He said they were very excited about me,” said Moon about his conversations with Creighton, who was hired in mid-December. “They see me having a big impact.”
That impact could begin as soon as next Friday.