Scouting Report: Quarterbacks

Northwestern is making the quarterback position a priority for the class of 2013 after not signing one for the previous class. The Wildcats have offered a scholarship to five signal callers and have a number of others on their recruiting board. PW looks at each of NU's quarterback prospects.

During Pat Fitzgerald's tenure as head coach, Northwestern has developed some of the nation's most efficient quarterbacks.

Since Fitzgerald became NU's head man in 2006, he has coached Brett Basanez, C.J. Bacher, Mike Kafka, and Dan Persa, who served as great leaders for the Wildcats' pass-heavy offense.

Northwestern did not add a quarterback to its 2012 recruiting class, so that position is a top priority for the class of 2013. Fitzgerald and his staff have spent a great deal of time scouting out some of the nation's top quarterbacks.

NU has five scholarship offers out to junior quarterbacks with a few prospects on the backburner. PurpleWildcats.com gives a look at each of the Wildcats' quarterback prospects for the class of 2013.

Name: Matthew Alviti
School: Maine South (IL) High School
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Scouting Report: It's fitting that the Maine South product is listed first. After all, he was the first 2013 recruit to receive an offer from Northwestern—earning the offer in November, 2010. Alviti has been one of Northwestern's top prospects. His game is similar to Dan Persa, though his arm—believe it or not—may be even better.

Recruiting Update: Alviti's recruitment has taken an unexpected turn as he added Michigan State to his list of suitors, joining Northwestern and Notre Dame. NU has the advantage of being 20 minutes away from his hometown of Park Ridge. In addition, Alviti has built a strong relationship with Fitzgerald and offensive coordinator Mick McCall.

Northwestern's Chance: Very High

Name: Aaron Bailey
School Bolingbrook (IL) High School
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Scouting Report: Thanks in part to a breakout junior campaign, Bolingbrook product Aaron Bailey is on top of many school's recruiting boards. Bailey has a strong arm and tremendous athleticism. He has 4.5 speed and is extremely agile, making him a true dual-threat.

Recruiting Update: Bailey has named Northwestern, Ohio State, Boston College and Iowa has his top-four schools. He is also contemplating visits to Nebraska, Wisconsin, or Iowa State.

Northwestern's Chances: Above-Average

Name: TraVon Chapman
School: Roosevelt (OH) High School
Scout.com Rating: NR

Scouting Report: Chapman complete 64 percent of his passes in 2011 and threw just four interceptions on the season. He has impressive speed and agility, making him a tough threat in the open field. The talented dual-threat quarterback has many uses in a college offense.

Recruiting Update: Chapman is regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in the state of Ohio and has six scholarship offers on the table, though his only in-state offers have come from Akron and Kent State. Chapman has yet to name any favorites and is beginning to set visits for the spring.

Northwestern's Chances: Above-Average

Name: Trent Hosick
School: Staley (MO) High School
Scout.com Rating: NR

Scouting Report: Hosick happens to be one of the state of Missouri's top heavyweight wrestlers. Not bad for a quarterback. The 221-pounder is a talented runner and passer with fullback-type trucking ability in the open field. His athleticism makes him a candidate to play H-Back in college, but his strong arm suffices for a college quarterback.

Recruiting Update: Hosick was excited to receive his recent offer from Northwestern, but Iowa State, Nebraska, and Tulsa are close to putting an offer on his table, too. The quarterback has a great respect for Pat Fitzgerald and his program. That could pay dividends for Northwestern. Hosick has yet to name any favorites, but the Wildcats will likely be in such group.

Northwestern's Chances: High

Name: Malik Zaire
School: Archbishop Alter (OH) High School
Scout.com Rating: NR

Scouting Report: Zaire is another quarterback is a strong arm and standout speed. At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, he has the size to compete in the Big Ten. Zaire is attracting offers from all across the Midwest and is considered one of the best quarterback prospects in the class of 2013.

Recruiting Update: The dual-threat quarterback recently named Nebraska, Ohio State, and Pittsburgh as his top-three schools. He has a strong connection with the in-state Buckeyes and new head coach Urban Meyer, and has also developed a relationship with new Pitt head man Paul Chryst, who recruited him to Wisconsin. Nebraska recently entered the mix and immediately jumped into his list of favorites.

Northwestern's Chances: Very Low

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college football, college basketball and college baseball for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2009. He served as a writer for Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics, and is now the Publisher of PurpleWildcats.com, covering the Northwestern Wildcats.
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