Northwestern Football Class of 2014

The complete list of Northwestern's 2014 football commits, with the class finalized today.

Clayton Thorson, Quarterback
Wheaton North (Ill.)
March 17, 2013

Among the jewels of this recruiting class, Thorson figures into the long-term quarterback equation. He earned Semper Fidelis All-American game MVP honors in January 2014.

Cameron Queiro, Outside Linebacker
Bergen Catholic (N.J.)
April 4, 2013

The versatile defensive player joins his brother, Kyle, at Northwestern this fall. With added strength and size, he could fight for a starting linebacker role in the future.

Ben Oxley, Offensive/Defensive Tackle
Avon Lake (Ohio)
April 6, 2013

Oxley fills the "Tyler Lancaster" mold, capable of playing either offensive line or defensive line. If 2013 informed NU fans of anything, it's the importance of building depth up front.

Solomon Vault, Running Back
Gaithersburg (Md.)
April 13, 2013

Vault's recruitment blew up, with him receiving many major conference offers in a short period of time. He chose Northwestern in a minor upset, bringing his speed to Evanston.

Tommy Doles, Offensive Tackle
Grand Rapids (Mich.)
May 3, 2013

Maybe Michigan filled up on him, yes. But maybe Northwestern picked up another steal, with Doles a certain Big Ten prospect.

Auston Anderson, Running Back
Plano West (Tex.)
May 9, 2013

Anderson joined the stable of running backs—a tradition in Northwestern recruiting. He's the "Venric Mark" prototype of this group.

Justin Jackson, Running Back
Glenbard North (Ill.)
May 14, 2013

The gem of this class, Jackson was outstanding in his senior season. He's among the most highly touted recruits in recent NU history.

Blake Hance, Offensive Tackle
Jacksonville (Ill.)
May 16, 2013

He picked up several offers, but this was his dream. Hance committed one day after receiving the bid, not letting Northwestern evaluate any other O-linemen.

Fred Wyatt, Defensive Tackle
Lawrence Free State (Kan.)
May 28, 2013

He's known Pat Fitzgerald since he was a toddler, with his dad, Buddy, part of the same coaching staff back in the day. Now, Wyatt fills an important gap in the middle of the D-line.

Nathan Hall, Outside Linebacker
Sylvania Southview (Ohio)
June 17, 2013

After evaluating him at OLB during a summer camp, NU finally offered Nathan, Jimmy's brother. He was sold on the Wildcats early, and of course, adds important depth at linebacker.

Garrett Dickerson, Defensive End/Superback
Bergen Catholic (N.J.)
December 8, 2013

Dickerson committed after his December visit, breathing life into a program that had finished 5-7 in 2013. Regardless of position, he should be an impact player.

Parrker Westphal, Defensive Back
Bolingbrook (Ill.)
December 20, 2013

A recruiting win for Pat Fitzgerald, Westphal committed after a lengthy recruitment—choosing NU over Vanderbilt. He enrolled early and already attends classes.

James Prather, Defensive End
Memphis University School (Tenn.)
January 16, 2014

They had their replacement: When Noah Westerfield de-committed, they quickly snapped up Prather. He received Tyler Scott comparisons from the coaching staff.

Xavier Washington, Defensive End
Cedar Hill (Tex.)
February 3, 2014

Washington, who participated in the Semper Fi All-American game, chose NU over several Texas schools. He's widely considered the most underrated player in this class.

Jared McGee, Safety
Mansfield Legacy (Tex.)
February 2, 2014

Fitzgerald and Matt MacPherson were in Texas looking for a defensive lineman. They found McGee, brought him to campus and flipped the UTSA commit.


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