Coach Roy's Recruiting Chart - Defense

Its just 3 months until signing day and the <b>NU Wildcats</b> recruiting list sits at 5 commits.<br> <br> Two of them project to the defensive side of the ball, leaving a few big holes to fill - remember, the Cats expect to graduate 5 starters this year.

There have been very few shuffles in the NU D this year...
The unit that started out playing as true Freshmen have grown into their roles, and seems to have hit a stride of sorts.

But NU expects to graduate 5 key starters this year - Defensive Tackles Luis Castillo and Colby Clark, Linebacker John Pickens, Cornerback Marvin Ward and Safety Dominique Price. Castillo, Pickens and Price all played as true freshmen. All 5 will leave big holes in the lineup.

Linebacker Jon Pickens' long term replacement might already be on the commit list - the Cats have two linebackers on the hook so far and former walk-on quarterback Phil Brunner also moved over to join LB Coach Pat Fitzgerald earlier in the season. Net pickup 2.

The defensive backs ranks will get a boost if Cornerback Marquice Cole gets his medical waiver - and the return of Jr Derrell Jenkins to play this weekend adds another hard hitting name to the list of safeties. This unit seems even.

But the real long term need appears to be up front at Defensive Tackle. Clark and Castillo have been a fixture in the middle for a while.

There was talk of moving starting DE Barry Colfield to tackle this year, but his play opposite Loren Howard might make it hard to shift him inside, but that's an issue for next Spring. We've seen a lot of different faces up front this year and the return of frosh Matt Clark to action next season and the play of Soph Trevor Schultz as a backup should make this area less of a worry than it appears on the surface. The Cats were confident enough in this present group of linemen to let future DE prospect Soph Ryan Keenan move to offense this Fall. If Keenan came back to D, its even here too.

So, we should probably look at the official visit list and see where NU is looking on defense.

So far Defensive End Steve Davis from Florissant, MO is due in to Evanston on December 3rd, his commit might be a partial answer.

In any case, the Wildcats are deeper in defense than they've been for a while - with a much longer list of letterman playing for Defensive Coordinator Greg Colby. And there's a lot more recruiting time left before signing day.

Northwestern Wildcat Defense
2004 - 09

D-Line-14
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
DE
66 Loren Howard 66 Loren Howard



DE
67 Barry Cofield 67 Barry Cofield



DT
94 Luis Castillo




DT
97 Colby Clark




DE
92 David Thompson 92 David Thompson



DT 53 Trevor Schultz 53 Trevor Schultz 53 Trevor Schultz


DT 68 Ron Bardwell 68 Ron Bardwell 68 Ron Bardwell


DE
72 David Ngene 72 David Ngene 72 David Ngene 72 David Ngene

DE 58 Warren Anderson 58 Warren Anderson 58 Warren Anderson 58 Warren Anderson

DE
91 Mark Koehn 91 Mark Koehn 91 Mark Koehn 91 Mark Koehn

DT
57 Matt Clark
57 Matt Clark 57 Matt Clark 57 Matt Clark 57 Matt Clark
DE
95 Kevin Mims
95 Kevin Mims 95 Kevin Mims 95 Kevin Mims 95 Kevin Mims
DT
52 Joel Belding 52 Joel Belding 52 Joel Belding 52 Joel Belding 52 Joel Belding
DE
61 David Harper*
61 David Harper* 61 David Harper* 61 David Harper*

LB 13
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
OLB
51 John Pickens




OLB 41 Tim McGarigle 41 Tim McGarigle



MLB
43 Adam Kadela 43 Adam Kadela 43 Adam Kadela


MLB 42 Demetrius Eaton 42 Demetrius Eaton 42 Demetrius Eaton


LB 46 Eric VanderHorst 46 Eric VanderHorst



LB
37 Campbell Black 37 Campbell Black 37 Campbell Black


LB
38 Nick Roach 38 Nick Roach 38 Nick Roach


LB
40 Eddie Simpson 40 Eddie Simpson 40 Eddie Simpson 40 Eddie Simpson

MLB
55 Kyle Wagner 55 Kyle Wagner 55 Kyle Wagner 55 Kyle Wagner

LB
19 Phil Brunner*
19 Phil Brunner* 19 Phil Brunner* 19 Phil Brunner*

LB
48 Rajaie Johnson
48 Rajaie Johnson 48 Rajaie Johnson 48 Rajaie Johnson 48 Rajaie Johnson
LB

Mike Dinard**
Mike Dinard** Mike Dinard** Mike Dinard** Mike Dinard**
LB

Prince Kwateng**
Prince Kwateng** Prince Kwateng** Prince Kwateng** Prince Kwateng**
D-Backs
19
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
CB
31 Marvin Ward




CB
28 Jeff Backes 28 Jeff Backes



SAF
8 Dominique Price




SAF
21 Brian Heinz 21 Brian Heinz 21 Brian Heinz


CB
20 Marquice Cole 20 Marquice Cole 20 Marquice Cole?


CB
6 Cory Dious 6 Cory Dious 6 Cory Dious


SAF
24 Herschel Henderson 24 Herschel Henderson



SAF
12 Derell Jenkins 12 Derell Jenkins



SAF
25 Fredric Tarver 25 Fredric Tarver



SAF
13 Sundi Brewer-Griffin
13 Sundi Brewer-Griffin



SAF
19 Scott Brownley 19 Scott Brownley 19 Scott Brownley


CB
22 Deante Battle 22 Deante Battle 22 Deante Battle 22 Deante Battle

CB
35 Ryan Black 35 Ryan Black 35 Ryan Black 35 Ryan Black

SAF
27 Reggie McPherson 27 Reggie McPherson 27 Reggie McPherson 27 Reggie McPherson

SAF
39 David Oredugba
39 David Oredugba 39 David Oredugba 39 David Oredugba 39 David Oredugba
SAF
34 Andre Butler
34 Andre Butler 34 Andre Butler 34 Andre Butler 34 Andre Butler
SAF
45 Ben Rothrauff*
45 Ben Rothrauff* 45 Ben Rothrauff* 45 Ben Rothrauff*

CB
47 Chaz Richart*
47 Chaz Richart* 47 Chaz Richart* 47 Chaz Richart*

CB
49 Tim Downing*
49 Tim Downing* 49 Tim Downing* 49 Tim Downing*


Special Teams

7
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
P/PK
99 Brian Huffman




P
90 Ryan Pederson 90 Ryan Pederson



PK
93 Joel Howells 93 Joel Howells 93 Joel Howells


PK
15 Slade Larcheid 15 Slade Larcheid 15 Slade Larcheid


PK
65 Luis Villarreal*
65 Luis Villarreal* 65 Luis Villarreal* 65 Luis Villarreal* 65 Luis Villarreal*
PK
97 Kyle Daley*
97 Kyle Daley* 97 Kyle Daley* 97 Kyle Daley* 97 Kyle Daley*
LS
98 Chris Horton 98 Chris Horton 98 Chris Horton



Players are listed by Starters, 2 Deep, then in order by playing time left.

Red - Possible Redshirt Year
Starter in 2003
On 2 Deep in 2003
** Commited, Not signed
 
* - Probable Walk-on Player

Defense
Scholarship Math

Position
Players
Walk-0ns
Scholarship
Players 2004
Less
Seniors 2004
Projected
Scholarship
 Players 2005
D-Line:
14
1
13
2
11
Linebackers:
13
1
12
1
11
D-Backs:
19
3
16
2
14
Totals:
43
5
48
5
36

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