In addition, a number of Northwestern's top prospects committed elsewhere, and subsequently opened up a scholarship for this class, and some recruits who were high on the recruiting board may be getting an offer.
In this installment of the NU Recruiting Notebook, we breakdown the busy week and look at what's to come next week. The NU verbals
Not long after I hit "Publish" on last week's recruiting notebook, I got my text message from Dan Vitale. Entering last Friday's camp, Vitale was hoping to make a strong impression on the Northwestern coaches. He was offered and committed on the spot.
Northwestern pulled in a pair on Tuesday night. Both Kirkwood (MO) wide receiver Mike McHugh and Malvern Prep (PA) defensive lineman Connor Mahoney gave their verbals to Northwestern. Like Vitale, McHugh was offered on campus and left as a NU verbal commit.
Both Connor Mahoney and Dan Vitale have something in common from their recruitment. Each committed to Northwestern for a different position—Vitale as a linebacker and Mahoney as a defensive lineman.
Pat Fitzgerald once told me how Northwestern looks for players to have a versatile role on the team. For example, NU often does look at a safety like Dan Vitale and move him to safety. Don't be surprised if this happens more. Off the board
Last week saw a number of Northwestern's top prospects drop off the recruiting board and commit elsewhere. With that, a number of scholarships are available. NU is hoping to get a good look at some prospects at upcoming camps, then more offers could come.
Last week, we looked at a few quarterbacks who could be in-line for offers after Tyler O'Connor committed to Michigan State. However, Northwestern still had an offer out to Patton Robinette. Earlier this week Robinette gave his verbal to North Carolina—a school that wasn't in the picture one month ago. Now, NU is looking for "Plan B".
Next in line may be Aurora Christian (IL) quarterback Anthony Maddie, who PurpleWildcats.com spoke with on Saturday (see HERE). Maddie will be at NU next week, and hopes to walk away with an offer. My guess is he will.
A surprise came on Thursday, when Malvern Prep guard Mike Mooney committed to Virginia. Mooney had recently enjoyed a visit at Northwestern, was very high on NU, and had teammate Connor Mahoney commit to the ‘Cats just two days before. Mooney's commitment to Virginia came as a surprise to many.
While Mooney would've been a nice addition, this isn't a major problem for Northwestern, because they already have one guard commit (Ian Park), and have offers out to four other guards.
With Evan Boehm (not surprisingly) committing to Missouri and a scholarship open at guard, one recruit to keep an eye on is Avon (IN) High School guard Josh Smith, who can also play center. You may see NU offer him due to his versatility.
Northwestern took another hit at outside linebacker, when Dunlap (IL) High School OLB Nick Mangieri picked Indiana over NU and a number of schools. The Wildcats still have offers out to Ifeadi Odenigbo (more on him later) and Nyeem Wartman, but may be looking to offer another outside linebacker. Potential offerees include Dakota Conwell—teammate of NU commit Ian Park and NU prospect Jack Schwaba—or even La Salle (OH) OLB Joe Burger.
Odenigbo visits campus
Likely Northwestern's top prospect, four-star linebacker Ifeadi Odenigbo was on campus for a visit on Sunday. He had a great experience that set the bar for the rest of his visits.
Odenigbo said "Northwestern solidified itself as a top-five school" during his visit. During the visit, Odenigbo and his family got the red carpet treatment from Pat Fitzgerald. He's set to visit Stanford and California next week, but it sounds like Northwestern put themselves in a great position.
You can see the full story on Odenigbo's visit HERE). Crane enjoys NU visit
Three-star wide receiver Conner Crane is closing in on a decision, and Northwestern may be in a good position. Crane said his visit to Northwestern was nearly perfect, and he felt like he fit in on campus. Crane is a very talented receiver, and Northwestern is making a good push for him.
Northwestern has held three camps, and will hold two more next week. During the first week of camps, NU coaches got a close-up look at a number of prospects, and that even led to a few offers being handed out. The first week will be remember for bringing in Dan Vitale and Mike McHugh, but here's a few other names to keep an eye on.
Jimmy Herman- Earlier this week, PurpleWildcats.com broke the news that Carmel (IN) High School safety Jimmy Herman had an impressive camp at Northwestern, and walked away with an offer. Herman said his decision may come in the next few weeks, but with an offer in hand, NU may be sitting in a good spot.
Greg Hohenstein- Days after his teammate and friend Dan Vitale was offered and committed, Wheaton Warrenville South long snapper Greg Hohenstein may be in-line for an offer. Northwestern is planning on offering a long snapper, and Hohenstein could become that guy.
NU is planning on offering a long snapper after camps, and there will be two other snappers at Northwestern camp—Chris Fitzpatrick and Grant Meersand. Any of these long snappers could walk away from camp with an offer, but Hohenstein may be the front-runner after a strong camp.
Abner Logan- A very talented linebacker from Boston, Logan made the trip to Northwestern for camp, and impressed the coaching staff. He recorded a 4.58 40-yard-dash, and said the coaches liked what they saw. Logan may be a candidate for an offer down the road.
Another name to look out for
One prospect to keep an eye on is Beverly Hills (Calif.) wide receiver Cameron Countryman. He is a speedster wide receiver, and is the real deal. Countryman holds a number of offers, and Northwestern is showing interest. You can see the details on Countryman by clicking HERE.