Northwestern Recruiting Board

Our list of commits and other recruits we've talked to. Most have Northwestern offers.


Nathan Fox
Three-star middle linebacker
Clear Lake (Tex.) Houston

Tommy Vitale
Unranked outside linebacker
Wheaton (Ill.) Warrenville South

John Moten
Three-star running back
St. Louis (Mo.) John Burroughs

David Dowell
Four-star cornerback
Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward

Andrew Dowell
Four-star running back
Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward

Joe Gaziano
Unranked defensive end
Westwood (Mass.) Xaverian Brothers

Trent Goens
Three-star defensive end
Chino Hills (Calif.)

Zach Allen
Three-star defensive end
New Canaan (Conn.)


Simba Short
Three-star outside linebacker
Concord (Calif.) De La Salle

There is one linebacker position remaining. Short—who has an academic focus—has built solid relationships and could fill the spot.

Kraig Howe
Three-star defensive tackle
Kettering (Ohio) Alter

Howe was the early favorite to become NU's first commit. Perhaps wisely, he waited to make a more informed decision. He still understands the Northwestern appeal.

Justice Shelton-Mosley
Three-star cornerback
Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian

NU became Shelton-Mosley's first major conference offer in March. Since then, he's been a top priority for the Wildcats—who hosted him last weekend.

Blake Camper
Unranked offensive tackle
Virginia Beach (Va.) Frank Cox

Camper wasn't expecting an offer when he arrived on campus. But NU showed faith in the offensive lineman and came through with one last weekend. He likes Fitzgerald's hands-on approach.

Austin Seibert
Three-star kicker
Belleville West (Ill.)

He's one of the best kicking prospects in quite some time. Seibert met Jeff Budzien, and could carry on NU's tradition of solid kickers. With Hunter Niswander likely the long-term punter, Seibert would be a major pickup.

Keith Washington
Unranked cornerback
Freeport (Tex.) Brazoswood

Washington put Northwestern in his top five after receiving an offer this weekend. He wants to play quarterback in college, so NU remained flexible by offering him as an "athlete." He's a fast-rising option.

Aaron Garland
Unranked cornerback
Oak Park (Ill.) Fenwick

If Garland can record solid second semester grades, he will pick up an offer from NU. Pat Fitzgerald said as much. They're recruiting him intensely—hoping it can pay off.

A.J. Alexander
Three-star wide receiver
Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock

Alexander has called NU an early favorite for months. He praised the Wildcats for staging an "action packed" visit. Alexander wants to visit other schools and make an educated decision.

Grant Newsome
Four-star offensive tackle
Lawrenceville (N.J.)

The Wildcats are in contention for a major prospect: Grant Newsome visited Northwestern while holding offers from schools including Penn State, Alabama and LSU. This decision could take some time, but he's familiar with the team.

Jacob Robinson
Three-star defensive end
Westfield (Ind.)

Robinson told Allen Trieu of that Indiana and Northwestern are his two favorite schools. Fitzgerald offered him on Junior Day and made him an immediate priority at defensive end.

Jared Thomas
Three-star offensive guard
Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral

"I love everything about the school and everything they offer," Thomas told at the end of January. Thomas, interested in a broadcast journalism major, should be a top look in the coming months.

Tyriq Thompson
Four-star linebacker
Detroit (Mich.) King

He's been perhaps the top priority for as long as we can remember. Though his dad played for Michigan, he's still considering Northwestern. Fitzgerald has led his recruitment from its outset.

Brian Chaffin
Three-star center
Charlotte (N.C.) Charlotte Christian

This might be a tough land given the geography. Still, the case of Chaffin provides the greatest example of Adam Cushing's recruiting prowess. Chaffin visited for Junior Day.

Cameron Green
Three-star wide receiver
Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson

He fits the mold: Local recruit, solid player. The Stevenson product holds several offers, but the Wildcats would love to keep him in state.

Markus Bailey
Three-star outside linebacker
Hilliard (Ohio)

This one could drag out, and it seems unlikely that NU will land the highly thought-of linebacker. He does not plan to make a decision for quite some time, which could leave the Wildcats out.

Trevor Ruhland
Three-star offensive guard
Cary (Ill.)

NU wants to build its offensive line with local products. Problem is: He put Notre Dame at the top of his list after a recent visit.

Jamie Gordinier
Three-star defensive end
Red Bank (N.J.)

Gordinier spoke to Brian Dohn of about his interested in NU. The defensive end praised the lakefront facility and Pat Fitzgerald's reputation. Still, this could be another tough one.

Caleb Peart
Three-star defensive end
Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton

Peart has visited Northwestern, and we plan to talk to him on Tuesday. The Wildcats are clearly set on getting defensive ends—and should take two for the class.

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