NU Recruiting Notebook

What a memorable week it was for Northwestern recruiting. Pat Fitzgerald is red hot on the recruiting trails as the Wildcats added four commits this week and eight in the entire month. However, don't rule out the possibility of more happening before July arrives. We look at the busy week that was, break down camps, and look ahead at what's to come.

After last week, Pat Fitzgerald needs a vacation. During the week, Northwestern hosted more than 1,000 people in their two one-day camps. In the meantime, Fitzgerald was working the phone with some of Northwestern's top recruits. The results were great.

The Wildcats added four commits during the week—three in one day. Fitzgerald and Northwestern continue to make a strong impression with some of their top recruits so don't look for things to slow down now.

In this installment of the NU Recruiting Notebook, we look at some recruits who could potentially make their decision soon, recap Northwestern's one-day camps, and break down some of the top prospects.

Breaking down NU camp

Northwestern got a good look at a few of their top prospects during their two Chicagoland Showcase camps. Sources say there were somewhere between 400-500 campers on-hand which made it difficult to get a good look at many off-the-radar prospects. The NU coaches (along with other coaches present) pulled aside some of their top prospects to get a good look.

During the camp, Northwestern was able to make a few decisions going forward in their recruiting process. At a few other positions, there remain vacancies.

Northwestern got an up-close look at a few of their top quarterback prospects, but no offer has been handed out. Zachary Terrell, Anthony Maddie, and Drew Hare each had impressive performances at Northwestern's camp. One of the three is likely to add a NU offer.

PurpleWildcats.com reported Milwaukee running back Marcus Horne helped himself get closer to a Northwestern offer with a good showing at camp.

NU got a good first-hand look at Coy Brown and a number of other linebackers during their camp. Now, the NU coaching staff is working to evaluate who would be a good fit at outside linebacker. Northwestern is not planning on offering an inside linebacker.

This year, Northwestern is planning on taking one kicker/punter on scholarship but still haven't been able to find the right guy. They got a good look at a number of specialists from the country. Local products AJ Friedman, David Reisner, Sam Retzky, and a number of other kickers were in Evanston this weekend. Nobody left with an offer.

This week, the Northwestern coaches will meet and make some decisions. I wouldn't be surprised if a few camp attendees picked up a scholarship offer.

Herman coming close?

When Carmel (IN) High School safety Jimmy Herman left Northwestern's one-day camp in the middle of June, he targeted the end of the month for a decision time. The end of the month is finally here and Herman still holds three offers—Northwestern, Central Michigan, and Western Michigan. A decision for Herman could come as early as this week.

What's next at wide receiver?

Lost in the excitement of Northwestern's Thursday night was the fact that their wide receiver recruitment became a total mess. Conner Crane and Kodi Whitfield each committed to Stanford and Northwestern only has offers out to three receivers with only one of those giving the Wildcats strong consideration. It's time for Northwestern to evaluate what's next. That would logically be Gehrig Dieter.

Northwestern appears to have lost out on Dieter who is strongly favoring Wisconsin. He was supposed to attend Northwestern's camp on Friday but decided to skip that and make another trip to Madison. Dieter was once very high on Northwestern and that likely hasn't changed—the only thing is that Wisconsin is his clear favorite. NU would be wise to jump into the ring and finally extend Dieter an offer. If so, they'll have to hope it's not too late.

Two other candidates for a Northwestern offer include Cameron Countryman, Andrew Scanlan, or Marcus Davis.

Culkin returns

Northwestern has been giving a good push at Florida tight end Sean Culkin—a big target who has gone largely under the radar during his recruitment. Culkin's first visit to Northwestern came during his AAU Tournament in Deerfield with the Florida Rams basketball team.

Culkin joined AAU teammate and NU offeree Traveon Henry on the visit and was very impressed with campus. During his workout on Thursday, Northwestern was impressed as well. An offer may come down the road, though the addition of Jack Schwaba may slim down those odds.

Breaking down the backs

Northwestern finds themselves in a fortuitous spot in their recruitment of running backs. The Wildcats have locked up Malin Jones since October and are looking to add another back. NU currently has running back offers out to four-star William Mahone, Alden Hill, Traveon Henry, Lakeith Walls, and Anthony Wales.

Out of that group of five, Northwestern has a good shot at either Traveon Henry or Lakeith Walls—both who are very high on the Wildcats. The other three are likely too enamored with other schools.

What this group of running backs has in common is great size. Northwestern is looking for a power back to compliment the addition of Malin Jones. On the outside looking in is Marcus Horne, who was mentioned earlier in the notebook.

NU is likely to walk away with a great duo of running backs in this recruiting class.

Done with the o-line?

With the additions of Eric Olson and Adam DePietro, there's much speculation that Northwestern is done with their recruitment of offensive linemen. Word rapidly spread throughout the group of offensive linemen at Friday's camp as the linemen on-hand didn't feel good about their odds.

Northwestern has offers out to three offensive linemen (counting Patrick Elflein as a defensive lineman). While NU has a stellar group of linemen coming in, I'd be surprised if they stopped at four. The current foursome of commits is a versatile group and NU can get use of their abilities all over the line. I wouldn't be shocked if the Wildcats looked for a fifth lineman for the 2012 class.

Looking ahead

It's time to play the waiting game. Northwestern has now seen a number of their top prospects in-person and the coaches are working to evaluate who is worthy of an offer. This week will likely be a big one for a few select recruits. For now, we wait to see what happens. As always, PurpleWildcats.com has you covered.


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