Recruiting Outlook: Quarterbacks

Without much need, Northwestern still looks to take one quarterback this cycle.

In recent seasons, Northwestern landed its dream quarterbacks. The Wildcats added local stars Matt Alviti and Clayton Thorson in consecutive classes—leaving the QB future bright in Evanston.

That said, NU always wants to take one quarterback for each class. It's not the most important priority this year—for obvious reasons—but the Wildcats are looking at several solid and versatile targets for the 2015 cycle.


Travis Waller of Anaheim (Calif.) Servite HS

Waller fits the Northwestern mold perfectly. With his height, speed and arm strength, he picked up offers including NU, Penn State and Tennessee. A four-star player, he'd be an immense pickup.

Keith Washington of Freeport (Tex.) Brazoswood HS

NU recently offered Washington as an athlete. Most schools are interested in him as a defensive back, though Washington wants to play quarterback at the next level. He said the Wildcats will watch him throw this summer and re-evaluate from there.

Jason Pellerin of New Iberia (La.) Catholic HS

Linebackers coach Randy Bates visited Pellerin in Louisiana last week to explain the NU interest. Pellerin told Mike Coppage of that he hopes to visit Evanston this summer. This guy could blow up.

Sam Darnold of San Clemente (Calif.)

NU also began showing interest in Darnold, another California prospect. A quieter recruit, he holds offers from Nevada and Utah. Still, with a three-star rating, he could be another late look for the Wildcats.

Lloyd Yates of Oak Park (Ill.) River Forest HS

Another sleeper local prospect? Check. Yates is picking up interest from Northwestern—and could be another "athlete" type look from NU. The Oak Park native is starting to pick up some big-time interest.

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