After an incredible week of recruiting, the Wildcats are entering the final stretch. With needs to fill and several players in the mix, we're left to wait.
The positional needs look something like this:
This feature ranks what I consider to be the five most likely players to join the final class. The list will be updated frequently.
1) Fred Wyatt— DT
Wyatt seems poised to be the next Northwestern commit. He visits this Evanston this weekend, and though he could delay his final decision, this one's all but locked up. The 6-4, 255 lb. defensive tackle holds offers from NU, Oklahoma State, Arizona State and Kansas. The Wildcats stand out for two primary reasons: His long-standing ties to the program and the rich academic tradition. He's an absolutely ideal fit for this class. He'd continue the momentum and also fill a major need. NU could use help on the defensive front, and this visit is certainly one to watch.
2) Ron Robinson— CB
As mentioned last Friday, he's your signature NU recruit. He's far off the map with his speedy and aggressive safety play at Santiago HS (Calif.). Heck, even California schools have limited interest in the high-ceiling defensive back. Jerry Brown, though, latched onto Robinson early in the process. When Robinson gets a chance in the summer, he'll check out Evanston. It's an enticing offer, and one he could capitalize on. As has been the case on several occasions, players' potential impact might not be best measured in star ratings.
3) Brandon Lee— LB
I'm instinctually "up" on Northwestern's chances to land Brandon Lee. Fitzgerald could use help at linebacker, and Lee has formed close connections to the program. The exciting four-star OLB from Lawrence Central HS (Ind.) gained a strong understanding of the program. He's also formed an excellent relationship with Coach Bates. Lee hopes for a strong "degree to fall back on," and to communicate even more with coach Pat Fitzgerald. Given NU's quickly improving reputation on the trail, there's reason to believe another four-star talent could fall into place.
4) Noah Westerfield— DE
Can Northwestern make the late push to land Westerfield? He's high on Southern Methodist, though his planned July 4th visit to NU could change everything. The Wildcats' primary need is at defensive end—one position that the overall judgment of the final class might rest on. Westerfield has been tuned into social media and talks with Texas commit Auston Anderson. He's an exciting talent, and certainly a feasible land.
5) Garrett Dickerson— DE
When I first arrived at Scout (September), I voiced some pretty strong words against the NU program—wondering whether the team could ever break through. After an outstanding 10-3 season and recent successes, the doubts have just about disappeared. This team, right now, is heading into its finest years. With the Bergen Catholic pipeline already well established, Dickerson might be the crowning addition to this class. The two Camerons in his life–both his brother and close friend Cam Queiro–are obvious factors in his decision. NU earned a spot in the four-star defensive end's top five schools. He told Brian Dohn that Pat Fitzgerald, the campus and family connections stood out for NU. The Wildcats have a shot.