NU Recruiting Notebook

In the first installment of the Northwestern recruiting notebook, we take a look at the week that was for Northwestern recruiting, and preview what's next.

It probably isn't fair to bring the recruiting notebook now, because the biggest recruiting news of the week hasn't happened yet. Here's the scoop on a talented quarterback who's ready to commit.

Tyler O'Connor ready to commit

I exchanged a few text messages with Lima (OH) quarterback Tyler O'Connor, and he confirmed that he is down to two schools—Northwestern and Michigan State. He wouldn't leave me any further hints as to where he's leaning, but he did say a commitment will come in the next coming days.

If you look at past stories (Story), you'll see there has always been some high interest between O'Connor and Northwestern. NU made is fairly clear to the three-star quarterback that he's been their top prospect. Now, decision day is almost here.

You can get a look at his film and 2010 stats by clicking HERE. PurpleWildcats.com will keep you updated on this story.

Campers looking for their shot

In the coming months, Northwestern will host a large number of prospects in Evanston for various camps. The first camp date is June 10th. PurpleWildcats.com has been in touch with a number of these recruits. In the next few weeks, we will attempt to gather a list of campers by speaking with as many campers as possible.

We've already spoken with a few campers this week, and a few interested storylines have emerged. Wheaton Warrenville South long snapper Greg Hohenstein will attempt to earn a scholarship offer from Northwestern by attending a camp in Evanston. He's been receiving plenty of interest from NU coaches—most recently coming in the form of a visit from Matt MacPherson.

Hohenstein and Wheaton Warrenville South teammate Travis Vitale visited Northwestern in March, and have remained in touch with the Northwestern coaching staff. Hohenstein has seen his recruitment pick ever since Scott Daly committed to Notre Dame.

Northwestern does not have an offer out to a long snapper—Daly was the only offer out at the time. Chris Fitzpatrick and Grant Meersand—two Chris Rubio's top long snappers—each visited Evanston for the Northwestern spring game, and will each return to NU for a camp.

After evaluating each of the long snapper's workouts, it is likely that one of the snappers will receive an offer.

Another prospect who's looking to pick up an offer at Northwestern's camp is offensive lineman Wes Rogers, who PurpleWildcats wrote about yesterday—see HERE. Rogers seems to be very high on Northwestern, and more specifically, their academics.

Rogers is another prospect who's hoping to impress Northwestern coaches with a big camp, and eventually gain an offer.

Camp will be big for two other Northwestern prospects, who are hoping for an offer. Northwood (IN) High School running back Coy Brown confirmed that he will be attending a camp in Evanston. Throughout his recruitment, Brown has made it very clear that Northwestern is his top school. He's a big fan of Pat Fitzgerald and the NU program. Now, he's hoping for an offer.

Brother Rice (MI) High School defensive back Cody Ellwanger is another prospect who is very high on Northwestern. His step-sister is a NU alum—graduating in the same class as Pat Fitzgerald—and Ellwanger has always been a Northwestern fan.

During the spring, Ellwanger came in for a visit, while wearing a purple Northwestern shirt. He's hoping to prove himself at a camp in Evanston.

PurpleWildcats.com will keep you updated on everything from Northwestern's summer camps.

A few visitors last weekend Last weekend, PurpleWildcats.com brought the news that a pair of prospects from the sunshine state came in to Evanston for a visit. Running back Traveon Henry and tight end Sean Culkin took a break from their Florida Rams AAU team and made the short trip from their AAU tournament in Deerfield to Northwestern's campus in Evanston, and took in campus for the first time.

You can see the story on Culkin HERE and the one-on-one video interview with Henry HERE.

Henry holds a Northwestern offer, and is a very impressive all-around athlete, as he demonstrated on the basketball court. He plays point guard like a running back, which was very impressive to watch. At 6-1, 200-lbs., he is built like a physical back.

The NU basketball coaches may want to keep an eye on Henry as well. Henry said he would like to try to walk on to the school of his choice's basketball team.

Culkin is another impressive two-sport star, who has seen his recruitment pick up quite a bit recently. He visited Florida the on May 27th, and is beginning to draw attention from BCS schools. Culkin made it clear that he would like to play football at the college level—despite having offers for both football and basketball.

We'll keep you updated on both of these prospects.

Northwestern's ‘other' recruiters I know I've mentioned it on the boards before, but Northwestern has a nice little advantage for them.

Northwestern's first 2012 commit, Malin Jones, has been working to recruit local Illinois prospects to Northwestern. Jones is close with Aurora Christian quarterback Anthony Maddie, and has been pushing Maddie to look closely at NU. Earlier this week, we wrote about how NU commit Ian Park has been pushing his teammate, Jack Schwaba, to Northwestern. You can see that story HERE.

A few new offers Northwestern had a busy week with offers. Prestonwood Christian (TX) High School safety picked up an offer from NU on Thursday. Thomas Worthington (OH) cornerback Nana Kyermemeh also picked up an offer from the Wildcats on Thursday. Liberty (TX) High School safety Izaiah Robinson is another recent recipient of a NU offer. One more NU prospect who picked up a Northwestern offer is three-star wide receiver Jehu Chesson. You can see that update HERE.

This past weekend, PW.com caught up with talented dual-threat quarterback Bilal Marshall, who recently picked up a Northwestern offer. You can see that story HERE.

One more note. Buhack Colony (CA) High School defensive tackle Aziz Shittu has re-opened his recruitment after a short commitment to Stanford. The four-star holds an offer from Northwestern.


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