Indianapolis Ben Davis HS
Offers: Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, NC State, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, Western Michigan, Wisconsin
Allen Trieu of Scout.com wrote some promising information about Bilal's recruitment. He quoted his high school coach Mike Kirschner as saying: "He's a 4.0 kid on a 4.0 scale." Kirschner added that he has a real focus on academics, and could even rule out schools based on that. He circled VT, MSU, Wisconsin and Northwestern as schools that have good enough football programs. The fit is there. We'll see about the comfort level.
Three-star defensive tackle
Kettering (Ohio) Alter
Offers: Boston College, Illinois, Iowa State, Miami (Ohio), Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Toledo and Northwestern
He confirmed his visit to PurpleWildcats.com a couple of weeks ago. Howe told Dave Berk of Scout.com: "Northwestern has always been a place I could see myself at." Through the recruiting process, he might be the most likely commit. Illinois has shown intense interest, but don't be surprised if Howe's recruitment ends over the weekend.
Sacramento Capital Christian
Offers: Northwestern, Duke, Yale, Harvard, UC Davis
An excellent student, Shelton-Mosley expressed strong interest in Northwestern. An important quality is that NU extended the first "major conference" offer. The majority of recruits appreciate schools that were quick to "believe" in them. Shelton-Mosley—one of my favorite interviews—could be another feasible land.
3-star defensive end
Red Bank (N.J.)
Offers: Boston College, Duke, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia
Gordinier emerged as one of the fastest rising defensive end prospects. Per Steven Goldstein of PurpleWildcats.com, Gordinier heard from Bob Heffner before his junior season began. Northwestern could take two defensive ends for this class, and Gordinier is high on the priority list. "It was an offer I wanted to get for a while," Gordinier told Goldstein.
3-star defensive end
Chino Hills (Calif.)
Offers: Arizona, Boise State, California, Colorado, Miami (Fla.), Northwestern, Washington, Washington State
Goens also expressed high interest in the NU program. He told Greg Biggins that Northwestern and Washington are the two schools that stand out. Once he takes some unofficial visits, he plans on making an early decision. This recruitment has been successful so far, and could be among the most influential visits of the season.
Also, both David and Andrew Dowell are visiting Northwestern this weekend. The twin brothers plan to make a joint decision and NU could be gaining momentum.
We'll have more updates and player profiles as the recruiting weekend progresses. Stay tuned.