But with three commits remaining, strategy is of chief importance. When this class fills up, it fills up. If NU reaches the magic number of "15," everyone is off the table—even if the uncommitted list included Parrker Westphal and Garrett Dickerson. You only have so many scholarships, and some NU prospects might need to move quickly or learn this the hard way.
Here are my picks to fill out the remainder of the class, written in order of likelihood.
Brandon Lee, outside linebacker
Oh, this team could use even more linebacker help. Even with the Nathan Hall pledge, NU will not fill up on Lee. The four-star prospect from Lawrence Central (Ind.) should visit campus soon. Lee cut his list to nine last week, but I'm betting is–at the very least–in that top three. He appreciates the candor and intensity of Pat Fitzgerald, which is one of the most important factors in his recruitment. This would be an impressive and very feasible pickup.
Ron Robinson, safety
This would be one for Jerry Brown, the long-tenured secondary coach. He identified the under-recruited Robinson of Santiago HS (Calif.) very quickly and an offer followed suit. Robinson plans to visit campus sometime next month, and that important trip could help form the future of NU's secondary. Brown and the staff have suggested that they'll use Robinson in ways that best maximize his potential. They could move him into the box, and that versatility tends to attract the coaching staff.
Noah Westerfield, defensive end
This one comes from instinct, and seems like your typical buzzkill given that Garrett Dickerson just placed NU in his top three. Still, Scout.com recruiting analyst Brian Dohn said that Stanford leads, and I'm not sure NU can do enough to change that. It is entirely possible, but I'm now eyeing another defensive end. Noah Westerfield of Wakeland HS (Tex.) will visit on July 4th—per our Steven Goldstein. He might be an ideal addition at this position of need.