UPDATE: David and Andrew Dowell de-committed from Northwestern.
Dave Berk of Scout.com first reported the rumblings this week.
The Lakewood (OH) standouts were considered the jewel of the 2015 recruiting class. Losing the two — who are considered a package deal — would be a major setback.
Andrew said that they informed Pat Fitzgerald about their intentions, given the “amount of respect” they have for him. Andrew, a four-star receiver, and David, a four-star defensive back, are very likely to end ties to the program.
Per usual Pat Fitzgerald policy, this would signify an official de-commitment from the program. The NU head coach expects loyalty, using the phrase: If you’re committed, you’re committed.
No school in the country, though, can bear losing two four-star players this late in the cycle. It would force Northwestern to find another running back — and perhaps one or two more defensive backs — to finish its class.
We’ll have an update as to the status of their commitment, and whether it’s a soft verbal or complete de-commitment.
NU knows it can recover, but of course, this would hurt.