Signing Day Preview - Offense

National Letter of Intent Signing Day is Wednesday<br> <b><br> Purple Reign</b> takes a look at the players on <b>offense </b>who've committed, where they'll probably play, and even takes a shot at who red shirts...<br>

On the Eve of Signing Day - 10 of the 20 known Commits are headed for the Offense:
And here is where the Cats lost 10 of the 17 players who are not returning, including RB Noah Herron, and 3 starting O-Linemen; Matt Ulrich, Ikechuku Ndukwe and Trai Essex. Also gone will be WR Ashton Aikens,  Punter/Kicker Brian Huffman and holder/WR Eric Batis.

Coming in however, are 4 very talented O-Linemen, 2 speedy Running Backs, a pretty talented Wide out, and 3 Quarterbacks with spread option experience.

Once again, they're in the order that they committed to the Wildcats:

RB Tyrell Sutton [5-9 180 4.49] Archbishop Hoban, Akron, Ohio.
[#59 Scout.com - 3 Star - Scout Midwest Hot 100 - Prepstar All Region - #32 Superprep Midwest]
Mr Ohio Football, holds the Ohio High School career rushing record [9,438 yards], and the most consecutive 100+ yard games rushing [38].

Only blot on his career is that Hoban never made it to the State finals - but not because of his efforts. Has been known to fumble, but will then make up the error by scoring two or three more times.

Could crack the two deep as a frosh - like some other Northeast Ohio kid did at that other Ohio College a few years back, but appears to be much more stable emotionally. Could be the star of the class.
QB Eric Peterman [6-2 200 4.60] Sacred Heart Griffin, Springfield, Ill. [#49 Scout.com - 3 Stars - 1st Team All State - All Region Prepstar - #69 Midwest Superprep]
Called the prolific offensive player in his 2 years starting at SHG and in the 11 year history of the CS8 conference. His record as QB was 23-2, losing only two playoff games. He had 3,226 yards passing and 2731 rushing from QB, on average SHG usually made a first down any time he threw the ball or ran.

Best comment on Peterman came from an opposing coach - Scott Alberssen of Taylorville, "You just have to keep the ball out of Peterman's hands,"

Now the interesting part - Chris Pool thinks he'll probably wind up at safety for the Wildcats. Because of the depth at QB, figure a year to redshirt, then sort everything out.
OL Ramon Diaz [6-5 275 4.90] Morris Community, Morris, Ill
[#53 Scout.com - Three Stars - All Region Prepstar -  #40 Midwest Superprep - All Conference - All State]
When Ramon Diaz first popped up as one of the top O-Line prospects in Illinois, Chris Pool's father [an Illinois Football Ref] said this about Ramon, "he is one of the best we've ever been on the field with."

A former soccer player, he also plays forward on the Morris basketball team, but almost wound up heading West for college football. His first choice was Iowa, but when they didn't offer, NU's early offer got his nod.

He's probably slotted at offensive guard, but there has been some talk of him playing in the middle of the defensive line too. During his career at Morris, he's also played WR, and Tight End, and his picture on Scout shows him place kicking.

Figure him to make a run at the O-Line as a frosh, but he'd certainly be better down the road with a year in the weight room.
RB Omar Conteh [5-11 195 4.50] Cy-Fair, Cypress, Texas
[2 Stars Scout.com - All district - Player of the Year]
Came back from his official visit [he was hosted by   fellow Texas RB Brandon Roberson] fired up and ready to commit.

Started for 2 years, rushed for 2,129 yards and 31 TDs in 10 games this year - he's also a 10.4 100 yard dash runner and is listed at the top of the long jump charts in the Houston area.

He's got a lot of folks lined up in front of him, but as a speed back, he's got to be in the hunt after a redshirt year.
QB Mike Kafka [6-3 185 4.70] St. Rita, Chicago, Ill
[#51 Scout.com - 3 Stars - #76 Superprep - All Region Prepstar]
Also had an offer from Stanford, and is a dual threat in that he also was a better than average Wide Receiver his junior year. His senior season was all QB and his team finished 8-5. Passing stats are not over impressive - but St. Rita's featured a "one man wrecking crew" at tailback.

Kafka did wind up with 900 yards rushing, and 14 TDs on the ground to go with his 12 passing TDs.

He'll also redshirt - then decide where to continue - he's fast enough and tall enough to become a decent possession receiver too.
OL Kurt Mattes [6-6 270 4.9] Wyoming Valley West, Plymouth, PA
[#68 Scout.com - 3 Stars - Prepstar All American - #14 Pennsylvania Superprep]
This commit was the beginning of a dynamic mid December for the NU coaches, especially O-Line coach James Patton, who actually recruited Mattes from his recruiting area and got the good news personally.

As a Junior he was all conference on defense, playing both DT and DE, but he'll start out in Evanston on Offense where his 50+ pancake blocks his senior year and 6-6 height will lead him to eventually play Tackle.

 Its hard for O-Linemen to crack the 2 deep as Frosh. This year, the Cats have two or 3 folks who just might make it - if not a year in the weight room will just make Mattes more effective.
OL Tyler Compton [6-5 270 5.10] Humble HS, Humble Texas.
[2 Stars]
Its easy to overlook Compton until you realize he was All District last year, and has started on the varsity at Humble for 3 years. He was also recruited by Georgia Tech, Duke, Notre Dame and Vandy.

He visited during the Ohio State game - like what he saw and was told by Randy Walker that he had a shot at playing tackle.

Put him in the weight room for a year and let the challenge begin.
WR Rasheed Ward [5-11 165 4.50] Harper, Chicago, Ill
[2 Stars - All Region Prepstar - #93 Superprep]
You may have noticed his "soft" commit is back being a hard commit as this Chicago speedster has decided that the overtures from Illinois, wisconsin and Notre Dame didn't overcome the hard offer from NU.

He's had two straight 1,000 yard receiving seasons, 18 TDs his Junior year and is working on cutting that speed down to 4.4. Give him a redshirt year under coach McGee and he's off, unless he flashes some 4.4 times, then he just might get into the mix at WR as a frosh.
OL John Gill [6-3 285 4.90] Bellarmine College Prep, San Jose, Cal
[2 Star - #108 Superprep]
Gill had offers from Oregon, Utah, NC State, and Vanderbilt along with Northwestern. He had visited Vandy, but changed his visit to Oregon to NU when the class started to fill up.

Coaches were impressed with his Senior tape, or maybe it was his 27 inch vertical leap and 4.52 shuttle speed. He'd worked on getting stronger and faster, learned both Tackle and Guard and became very good at pulling from both positions.

He's already big enough for a backup role at NU, but put him the weight room and watch what happens.
QB Andrew Brewer [6-2 195 4.5] Jenks HS, Jenks, OK
[2 Star -
Take a look at his picture and you see one strong looking kid. He's listed as a QB, but don't be surprised if he turns up over on the D as a safety.

But for that to happen he has to live down his 1,795 yards and 20 TDs last year. Hmmmm.

He was sold on NU after meeting Coach McGee, a former Tulsa/OU standout, and after being told that after 2005, the QB job at NU could be wide open.

Once again, he'll probably redshirt then the battle for QB begins.
There they are, the 20 Commits so far - there might be more, but this is starting to look like one of the best classes in the Randy Walker era.

Northwestern Wildcat Offense
2005 - 2010
 
OL-16 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
T
01
63 Zach Strief+




C
03
50 Trevor Rees 50 Trevor Rees



C/OL
01
75 Vince Clark+




G
02
71 Joe Tripodi 71 Joe Tripodi+



G
03
62 Austin Matthews 62 Austin Matthews 62 Austin Matthews+


T
03
74 Dylan Thiry 74 Dylan Thiry 74 Dylan Thiry+


OL
03
73 Fred McConnell 73 Fred McConnell 73 Fred McConnell+


C
03
77 Adam Crum 77 Adam Crum 77 Adam Crum+


OL*
W04
54 James Lawler * 54 James Lawler * 54 James Lawler *


OL
04
59 Alex Rucks 59 Alex Rucks 59 Alex Rucks 59 Alex Rucks

OL*
W04
52 Joel Belding 52 Joel Belding 52 Joel Belding 52 Joel Belding

OL
05
Ramon Diaz** Ramon Diaz** Ramon Diaz** Ramon Diaz** Ramon Diaz**
OL
05
Kurt Mattes ** Kurt Mattes ** Kurt Mattes ** Kurt Mattes ** Kurt Mattes **
OL
05
Tyler Compton** Tyler Compton** Tyler Compton** Tyler Compton** Tyler Compton**
OL
05

Thomas Bemenderfer**
Thomas Bemenderfer** Thomas Bemenderfer** Thomas Bemenderfer** Thomas Bemenderfer**
OL
05

John Gill**
John Gill John Gill John Gill John Gill
TE-4 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
TE* 47 Taylor Jones+




TE
02
83 Sean Mansfield




TE
02
86 Ryan Keenan 86 Ryan Keenan+



Recvrs-10 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
WR
02
9 Mark Philmore




WR
02
3 Shaun Herbert 3 Shaun Herbert+



WR
02
5 Brandon Horn




WR
01
1 Jonathan Fields+




WR
03
84 Kim Thompson 84 Kim Thompson 84 Kim Thompson+


WR
03
32 Sam Cheatham 32 Sam Cheatham 32 Sam Cheatham+


WR
03
87 Tonjua Jones 87 Tonjua Jones 87 Tonjua Jones+


WR
03
7 Jeff Yarbrough 7 Jeff Yarbrough 7 Jeff Yarbrough 7 Jeff Yarbrough

WR
04
89 Ross Lane 89 Ross Lane 89 Ross Lane 89 Ross Lane

WR
05
Rasheed Ward**
Rasheed Ward** Rasheed Ward** Rasheed Ward** Rasheed Ward**
RB-10 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
RB
02
26 Terrell Jordan




RB
02
10 Joe Ferguson 10 Joe Ferguson+



RB
W
36 Nathan Shanks 36 Nathan Shanks 36 Nathan Shanks+


RB
04
29 Brandon Roberson 29 Brandon Roberson 29 Brandon Roberson


RB
04
23 Gerard Hamlett 23 Gerard Hamlett 23 Gerard Hamlett 23 Gerard Hamlett

RB
04
4 Akeem Hunter 4 Akeem Hunter 4 Akeem Hunter 4 Akeem Hunter

RB
05
Tyrell Sutton** Tyrell Sutton Tyrell Sutton Tyrell Sutton Tyrell Sutton
RB
05
Omar Conteh** Omar Conteh** Omar Conteh** Omar Conteh** Omar Conteh**
FB
02
44 Erryn Cobb44 Erryn Cobb+



FB
03
86 Frayne Abernathy86 Frayne Abernathy86 Frayne Abernathy


QB-8 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
QB
01
14 Brett Basanez+




QB
W
17 Anthony Ward* 17 Anthony Ward*+



QB
03
11 Chris Malleo 11 Chris Malleo 11 Chris Malleo+


QB
04
18 C.J. Bacher 18 C.J. Bacher 18 C.J. Bacher 18 C.J. Bacher

QB
W04

10 Kevin Crouch
10 Kevin Crouch 10 Kevin Crouch 10 Kevin Crouch

QB
W04
19 Phil Brunner
19 Phil Brunner 19 Phil Brunner 19 Phil Brunner

QB
05
Eric Peterman** Eric Peterman Eric Peterman Eric Peterman Eric Peterman
QB
05
Mike Kafka** Mike Kafka** Mike Kafka** Mike Kafka** Mike Kafka**
QB
05

Andrew Brewer**
Andrew Brewer** Andrew Brewer** Andrew Brewer** Andrew Brewer**
QB
W
15 Jeremy Vesta* 15 Jeremy Vesta* 15 Jeremy Vesta*


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Starter in 2004
On 2 Deep in 2004
Red - Possible Redshirt Year
+ 5th year player
** Commited, Not signed



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