Northwestern Weekend Recruiting Primer

What can we expect from this weekend in Northwestern football recruiting? Breaking down some key players and where they stand...

Northwestern brings several key recruits to campus this week. What are they all about? Where do they stand as priorities? Most important, could anyone commit in the near future? More in this update.

Asmar Bilal
Four-star linebacker
Indianapolis Ben Davis HS
Offers: Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, NC State, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, Western Michigan, Wisconsin

Allen Trieu of 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.

Kraig Howe
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 a couple of weeks ago. Howe told Dave Berk of "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.

Justice Shelton-Mosley
Three-star cornerback
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.

Jamie Gordinier
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, 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.

Trent Goens
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.

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