Rating NU's Junior Targets

The experts of FOX Sports/Scout.com released its new rankings for the Class of 2013, handing out stars to 500 players across the nation. PurpleWildcats.com takes a look at how Northwestern's rising junior targets have been rated.

After long hours of debate and deliberation, the experts of FOX Sports/Scout.com have handed out star ratings and player rankings for 500 prospects in the class of 2013.

Northwestern has extended scholarship offers to three five-star recruits, but only Stockton, Calif. running back Justin Davis is giving it consideration. Joliet Catholic's Ty Isaac also earned five stars, and was ranked the nation's top running back.

Pat Fitzgerald has offered 15 four-star juniors thus far, including five quarterbacks given four stars. Bolingbrook High School star Aaron Bailey is NU's top-rated quarterback, the nation's seventh-ranked signal-caller. Trent Hosick is ranked right behind him.

Louisville product Jason Hatcher is Northwestern's top-ranked four-star prospect, and stands as the third-ranked defensive end in the country.

The Wildcats landed two four-star prospects in the class of 2012. Ifeadi Odenigbo, the nation's fifth-ranked outside linebacker, was Northwestern's highest-ranked signee during Fitzgerald's tenure.

NU also has 10 offers out to three-star prospects. Local product Nathan Marcus, a tight end from Glenbard West High School, was ranked the No. 23 tight end in the nation. Defensive end Jay Arnold, a three-star prospect, has stated that Northwestern is in his top-five.

Houston-area running back Adam Taylor was dropped to a three-star prospect, ranked No. 34 running back in the nation.

Northwestern has yet to land a verbal commit for the class of 2013. To view the new Scout.com rankings, click here.

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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