Offense: Recruiting Chart & Analysis

NU Quarterback recruit Joe Mauro signs his Letter of Intent at L.D. Bell HS Wednesday morning. Next, Northwestern University Football will introduce its Class of 2006 tonight at 6 PM Wildcat Time. Here's the Offensive part of our class analysis as we try to out guess the coaches, and put recruits into some of the open slots on the NU roster...

By 6 O'clock, it will be all over
at least it always has been in the past, as NU and Coach Randy Walker expects 17 signed Letters of Intent in the football office today.

Yes, there are some really big shoes to fill, and not just Zach Strief's.

While its doubtful many of these kids will see the field in 2006, just look to last year's class on the chart below, and check out how many kids actually played [Many starters are bolded]. We'll all be watching the news conference tonight to get a feel for Coach Walker's intentions, but...

Starting up front the Cats are bringing in a couple of decent O-linemen, Mike Boyle of the Hun School is one of those great big guys [6-7] who will make great strides in the weight room as he adds a few pounds. Coach Patton likes tall tackles, and Boyle seems to fit that mold. His 4.8 speed doesn't hurt either. After Boyle committed, we heard a rumble that the coaches were really happy he's coming to NU.

Connor Smith is apparently another tackle. He shares a name with one of the top O-Line prospects from Ohio, but at 6-4, 285, he's got more growing to do and given a redshirt year, could be a player next year.

At H-Back/ Tight End NU grabbed another dandy from the Akron area in Brendan Mitchell. If you check his page on Scout, you'll see he was featured in several recruit updates - in several games at Western Reserve Academy, he was among the leading scorers and he also plays defensive end.

NU lost a bunch of Wide Receivers this year, but also played a bunch of true freshmen so this year's crop doesn't necessarily have to jump into the starting rotation. Among the group is a former QB - Lee Coleman, who looks to follow Anthony Ward and Eric Peterman out to the edge of the offense, and another all around athlete, Sidney Stewart, who could also line up at corner. Scout has him playing either at NU

Another catch of the class has to be Quenton Davie, who originally committed to Duke, then decided that NU might be a better place for his talents. He played 6 different positions as a junior, including linebacker [at 189 lbs]. He's projected as a wideout and a 6-3 1/2 should become a good target.

The other "good get" is Carl Fisher of Bolingbrook. with his 4.36 speed, and his ability to block, he might get a look come Fall.

With a Sophomore starter, Running Back might seem a long shot for NU, but the Cats have one, maybe 2 good candidates to follow Tyrell Sutton to the 1000 yard club. Stephen Simmons out of St. Louis Univ. HS might seem to be just another small back, but he's got 4.5 speed, 10.69 in the 100 as a Junior. In 10 games last fall he rushed for over 1500 yards, 16 TDs and caught 8 passes for 41 yards.

The other back is Sherrick McManis, who we also project as a possible cornerback. He rushed for over 100 yards every game last year, 1690 in all and was Peoria's 2005 Player of the Year. It will be interesting to see where he actually plays. You can be sure d-back coach Jerry Brown will be looking to get him.

NU appears to be knee deep in Quarterbacks, but Bell HS's Joe Mauro appears ready to get in line. Playing for a new head coach ina new system, he still passed for over 1,000 yards in a new spread offense after playing in a triple option the year before.

He likes the spread, and will probably have 5 years to get on his game.

Last on the list is one of NU's early commits, Kicker Stefan Demos from Horizon HS in Scottsdale, Ariz. He kicked off, punted and hit those long field goals all fall, including a 51 yard shot against Shadow Mountain HS, in October. With NU's kicking game troubles, Demos could be on the field early.

Missing from this list is a long snapper - Chris Horton graduated. Our regular centers can snap to the shotgun, but punt and placekick snapping is an art. We probably want to watch the field during the Spring to see who picks up those duties.

So there you go, NU's recruiting Class of 2006. The press conference will be on NU Sports at 6 PM WT. We'll have the chat room open.

Northwestern Wildcat Offense
2005 - 2010
OL-15 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
C
03*
50 Trevor Rees* 50 Trevor Rees+


G
02*
71 Joe Tripodi



G
02**[DE]
86 Ryan Keenan


 
C
03*
62 Austin Matthews 62 Austin Matthews


T
03**
74 Dylan Thiry 74 Dylan Thiry


OL
03**
73 Fred McConnell 73 Fred McConnell


C
02
77 Adam Crum 77 Adam Crum


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

OL
W04
52 Joel Belding 52 Joel Belding 52 Joel Belding

OL
05***
60 Ramon Diaz 60 Ramon Diaz 60 Ramon Diaz 60 Ramon Diaz+
OL
05***
78 Kurt Mattes 78 Kurt Mattes 78 Kurt Mattes 78 Kurt Mattes
OL
05**
65 Tyler Compton 65 Tyler Compton 65 Tyler Compton 65 Tyler Compton
OL
05**
65 Thomas Bemenderfer 65 Thomas Bemenderfer 65 Thomas Bemenderfer 65 Thomas Bemenderfer+
OL
06**
Mike Boyle
Mike Boyle Mike Boyle Mike Boyle Mike Boyle
OL
06**
Connor Smith
Connor Smith
Connor Smith Connor Smith Connor Smith
FB/TE - 4
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
TE/FB
02*[LB]
44 Erryn Cobb+



FB /TE
03** [DE]
86 Frayne Abernathy86 Frayne Abernathy


TE
06***
Brendan Mitchell Brendan Mitchell Brendan Mitchell Brendan Mitchell Brendan Mitchell
FB
W05

35 Mark Woodsum35 Mark Woodsum35 Mark Woodsum35 Mark Woodsum+
Recvrs - 15
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
WR
02*
3 Shaun Herbert



WR
 02 [QB]
17 Anthony Ward



WR
03**
84 Kim Thompson 84 Kim Thompson


WR
03***
32 Sam Cheatham 32 Sam Cheatham


WR
03**
87 T.J. Tonjua Jones 87 Tonjua Jones


WR
W03
7 Jeff Yarbrough 7 Jeff Yarbrough 7 Jeff Yarbrough

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

WR
05**
8 Rasheed Ward 8 Rasheed Ward 8 Rasheed Ward

WR
05*** [QB]
17 Eric Peterman17 Eric Peterman17 Eric Peterman

WR
W05
81 Kevin Frymire 81 Kevin Frymire 81 Kevin Frymire 81 Kevin Frymire+
WR
W05
80 Kevin Mitchell 80 Kevin Mitchell 80 Kevin Mitchell 80 Kevin Mitchell+
WR
06 **
Carl Fisher Carl Fisher Carl Fisher Carl Fisher Carl Fisher
WR
06 **
Sydney Stewart Sydney Stewart Sydney Stewart Sydney Stewart Sydney Stewart
WR
06 ***
Quenton Davie
Quenton Davie Quenton Davie Quenton Davie Quenton Davie
WR
06
Lee Coleman
Lee Coleman Lee Coleman Lee Coleman Lee Coleman
RB - 7
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
RB
02
26 Terrell Jordan




RB
W02
36 Nathan Shanks 36 Nathan Shanks


RB
04**
11 Brandon Roberson 11 Brandon Roberson


RB/WR
04**
23 Gerard Hamlett 23 Gerard Hamlett 23 Gerard Hamlett

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

RB
05***
19 Tyrell Sutton 19 Tyrell Sutton 19 Tyrell Sutton

RB
05**
29 Omar Conteh 29 Omar Conteh 29 Omar Conteh

RB
06 **
Stephen Simmons Stephen Simmons Stephen Simmons Stephen Simmons Stephen Simmons
QB - 4
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
QB
04***
18 C.J. Bacher 18 C.J. Bacher 18 C.J. Bacher

QB
05***
13 Mike Kafka 13 Mike Kafka 13 Mike Kafka 13 Mike Kafka+
QB
05***

12 Andrew Brewer 12 Andrew Brewer 12 Andrew Brewer 12 Andrew Brewer+
QB
06***
Joe Mauro Joe Mauro Joe Mauro Joe Mauro Joe Mauro

Special Teams

 
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
PK
W02

93 Joel Howells+



PK
02
15 Slade Larscheid+



PK
W04
65 Amado Villarreal 65 Amado Villarreal 65 Amado Villarreal

PK
W04
97 Kyle Daley 97 Kyle Daley 97 Kyle Daley

PK
WO5

85 Michael Awadalla 85 Michael Awadalla 85 Michael Awadalla

K
06**

Stefan Demos Stefan Demos Stefan Demos Stefan Demos Stefan Demos


This chart represents the besyt guess estimate by Purple Reign of the status of the players on the Northwestern Football Offensive Team. Position and year represent the year of their signing class. In addition colors and symbols represent the following:

Red - Possible Redshirt Year
Bold Red - Commit
+ 5th year player
* Not Counted in Scholarship Totals at this time
"*" After year is # of Stars on Scout.com [Original Recruited Position in brackets]
W## = Walkon and year joined team



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