Northwestern football headlines

Checking out some football notes from the past week...

Westerfield commits

After an immensely successful weekend visit, Noah Westerfield committed to Northwestern on Monday. He told Steven Goldstein that the visit established some of his priorities, namely academics and strong relationships with coaches.

As extensively noted, this leaves only two commitments for the class of 2014. We'll see who jumps on the opportunity to visit. Order of appearance in Evanston may very well dictate who ends up on this team.

For now, NU can celebrate landing another player of need. They required one defensive end–and now at least one defensive back–to fill out the class. This great recruiting class nears it conclusion.

No Rutgers

I'm likely in the minority when complaining about Rutgers being left off the schedule through 2017. Those lists were released earlier this week, and though I feel it's somewhat pointless to analyze every nuance, this is my one complaint.

A recruiting geek, I'm turning to the rankings and find that Kyle Flood is beginning something special. The team will enter the Big Ten loaded with quality depth at several positions.

That could be an interesting matchup in future seasons. I'm looking forward to seeing future Rutgers-NU matchups, with an overachieving team gracing each sideline. (Again, I'm probably of the minority opinion.)

Stanford debate erupts

One message board threat turned testy when "rc49ers" started a Stanford-NU debate. It began with Garrett Dickerson, the coveted four-star defensive end prospect who's considering both schools as two-thirds of his final list.

The argument ranged from admission to the Kain Colter saga. As a recruiter, Colter gave his verbal to Stanford before tearing his labrum. Gladeskat included a quotation from Pat Fitzgerald, who told Tina Akouris a while ago that some schools "take advantage" of kids.

It's nice to see some passion and defense from the message board contingent; people are especially confident about NU's recruiting pursuits leading into the final stretch. Stanford chirping couldn't stop the excitement.

Igwebuike at defensive back

Well, the decision's been made. You could argue either way. Right now, the depth chart looks clogged at running back, but who looks poised to take over the starter's role? When Venric Mark graduates, there's depth–but still obvious certainty–behind him.

It's a sensible choice, all things considered. I'm looking forward to see Igwebuike impact the team in years to come; he's still one of the most hyped recruits in recent memory and should be an excellent defensive back.

The running back position should be fine, as long as an excellent starter emerges. Malin Jones seems like the complete package–if all goes well in his progression–and others will certainly contribute.


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