Jared McGee finishes Northwestern's '14 class

2014 safety Jared McGee received better news than he could have imagined. After Hamilton Anoai's decommitment, the staff extended a regular offer, and he will complete NU's 2014 class.

Northwestern wanted Jared McGee badly enough to offer him a "gray shirt." The condition, which would have seen McGee begin on campus in Jan. 15, is used for teams that over sign.

Despite the "gray shirt," McGee flipped his commitment from UTSA to Northwestern following his weekend visit. Asked shortly afterward if he thought the regular offer could be extended, he said it hadn't been discussed.

But yet again, NU found a way to implement its backup plan. When Hamilton Anoa'i pulled a stunning decommitment at the final hour, the Wildcats had an opportunity to give McGee exactly what he wanted. He'll be on campus in August, just like the rest of the 2014 class.

McGee rounds out the strong group reeled in by Pat Fitzgerald. He committed to NU less than two weeks after being pulled out of class to meet the head coach. He was quickly sold by the academic reputation and by Chicago.

When one door closed, another opened. In full belief of the NU program, McGee joins a talented list of players who accepted the final scholarship of Northwestern's class. This year, at one point, four different people had that title.

Every recruit—or nearly everyone—is naturally elated on Signing Day. Jared McGee had extra reason to be: He just picked up a bonus.

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