High-profile recruits coming to campus

Northwestern hosts five 2014 commits and a handful of high-profile 2015 prospects for its critical game this weekend.

For some, it will be an affirmation of their decision. For others, it will be the ideal push.

This weekend, Northwestern plans to host several commits and prospective 2015 recruits for its College GameDay matchup with Ohio State.

During the spring, NU began to amass one of its best recruiting classes in recent memory. The Wildcats stockpiled running backs–as usual–and filled some important voids that the current roster will leave. Five members of the still unfinished group are traveling to Evanston: Auston Anderson, Dareian Watkins, Nathan Hall, Fred Wyatt and Ben Oxley.

We're more interested, though, in some of the 2015 visitors. As the NU profile rises, its recruiting tendencies should follow. In recent seasons, Pat Fitzgerald has landed several four-star talents—with some of them coming from outside of Illinois. That ambition carries over to the pivotal weekend, including some blue chip talent on hand for one of the biggest games in program history.

Four-star quarterback David Edwards of Downers Grove (Ill.) leads the impressive list. Though he's open about loving Michigan, Edwards can get a glimpse of potential in-state opportunities—and perhaps earn an offer in the next couple of months.

Four-star linebacker/safety Tyriq Thompson makes another visit to campus. He checked out NU in June and said he's built a strong relationship with Pat Fitzgerald throughout the recruiting process. Thompson holds offers from Big Ten schools including Michigan State and Wisconsin, with another from NU likely on the way.

Lincolnshire (Ill.) wideout Cameron Green is also earning some NU interest. Members of the coaching staff went to see him play, and now, he'll see the on-field product for himself. Rising defensive tackle Kraig Howe of Kettering (Ohio) rounds out the list of high-profile visitors. He currently holds offers from Illinois and Pittsburgh, with NU beginning to play a major role in his recruitment.


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