Class of 2015 quarterback Willie Bourbon is preparing to lead a loaded Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson squad this fall, and he prepared over the summer by hitting several Division I college camps.
"It was a good summer," Bourbon said. "I went to Vandy, I went to a Georgia camp and… I also camped at Northwestern.
"At Vanderbilt, me and [teammate] Cameron [Green] went there together and they worked with us extensively," Bourbon said. "I know [quarterbacks coach] Ricky Rahne and have been talking to him a little bit. He gave me some feedback after the camp to stay in touch."
Bourbon did not get much chance to impress Georgia coaches during his stop in Athens due to rainy conditions, but he was able to further build a relationship with Northwestern coaches during his stop in Evanston.
"I have been talking to Coach [Mick] McCall and he is a great guy," Bourbon said. "I really like what they are doing there. They always talk about how they like to get things right and take their time before they offer. I think that is a great philosophy to have."
While college coaches are not yet able to phone the class of 2015 prospect, Bourbon has started to receive mail from several programs.
"I think out of the ones I have talked to, I have probably received the most interest from Vanderbilt," he said. "I had a great time down there. I went down on a visit a few weeks before, and Coach Ricky Rahne took me around to check things out. It's just a beautiful place and I got a good vibe from all the coaches there. I look forward to keep talking to them."
This fall, though, Bourbon's focus will be on Lincolnshire Stevenson's 2013 season, and he expects to only get out to see college games within driving distance.
"I definitely want to go see a Northwestern game," he said. "I may be going back to a few Illinois games with some of my teammates like Cameron Green and Nick Dillon."
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Bourbon is entering his second year as the starting quarterback for Lincolnshire Stevenson and he returns to a deep group of wide receivers which includes Michigan State commit Matt Morrissey and 2015 stand out Cameron Green.
"We have a ton of weapons out there," Bourbon noted. "It's awesome knowing I can throw it out there and they'll go and get it."