Who's Still on the Board: Offense

As the 2006-07 recruiting year winds down towards signing day, there are rumors of more commits coming for the Northwestern Wildcats as they fill a class that could have more recruits than the 18 committed so far. There is a small, yet talented group of players still on the board for the Cats - here's the offensive side of the ledger

The educated guess
[what would you expect from a Northwestern Alumnus] is that while the Cats have filled all 18 of their obviously open scholarships, there could still be a couple of players who probably won't be back next year.

NU could probably use the talents of the players listed by Scout on offense to fill out the depth chart
These folks all have offers from the Wildcats:
  1. WR Brandon Clear [6-5 210 4.5] 3 Star rating by Scout - is as fast as Charles Brown and would give the Cats another top receiver in the pipeline - his brother Byron might also come, he's a highly regarded defensive end. Both brothers keep getting new offers as teams try to fill out their classes. Both recently got offers from Clemson and will visit NU and Illinois the end of January.
  2. OG Mike Dykes [6-4 275 5.00] - 3 Star Guard, ranked 61 by Scout.com had committed to North Carolina but with the changes in UNC's staff he was listed as a soft commit. If there's room on the board, Dykes would join Toledo's Ben Burkett as the sixth offensive Lineman in the class. Dykes revisited UNC mid December but there's been nothing new since that report. Is visiting NU this weekend. [1/12]
  3. WR Jack Freeman [5-9 160] this wideout from Cypress Falls Texas reports an NU offer but committed to UTEP back in October. It must be considered a soft commit but he didn't take any olther visits.
  4. RB Jeremy Stewart [5-10 190 4.50] This fast back, and former QB, is unrated, but seems to have the speed the Cats' coaches like. Scout projects him as both a running back and at corner. He's also looking at Kentucky [visit] and Stanford, who seems to have him on their hot list
Handicapping the 4?
Best chance to pick up a couple of top players just might be the Clear brothers, specifically Brandon. NU needs Wide Receivers for the future and Brandon has the speed to play early, and make a big difference at NU if we can keep Zook away from him.

The Clear brothers are probably the best uncommitted players on NU's list and are still looking

Jeremy Stewart is another guy with speed to burn, but didn't visit NU - probably will go to Kentucky. He did say he wants to go where he'd play early.

Dykes says he is still committed to UNC, but is visiting Northwestern this coming weekend. He could be one of the missing pieces in NU's offense down the road. He's said that he might change his commitment but his recent unofficial visit with the new staff at UNC may have locked him up.

One last thing - Matt Boyer [6-5 265 4.9] a Tight End/Defensive End prospect decided on Princeton for his college football experience. He had decided he liked the Ivy League earlier in the month and visited Princeton last week.

Northwestern Wildcat Offense
2005 - 2010
 
17/1 WO
2007 2008 2009 20102011
C
03*
50 Trevor Rees



T
03*
62 Austin Matthews



T
03**
74 Dylan Thiry



OL
03**
73 Fred McConnell



G/CG [FB]
02
77 Adam Crum



OL
04**
59 Alex Rucks 59 Alex Rucks


C
04

52 Joel Belding 52 Joel Belding


OL
05***
60 Ramon Diaz 60 Ramon Diaz 60 Ramon Diaz+

OL
05***
78 Kurt Mattes 78 Kurt Mattes 78 Kurt Mattes

OL
06**
66 Mike Boyle 66 Mike Boyle 66 Mike Boyle 66 Mike Boyle
OL
06**
55 Connor Smith
55 Connor Smith 55 Connor Smith 55 Connor Smith
OL
07 ***
Colin Armstrong
Colin Armstrong Colin Armstrong Colin Armstrong Colin Armstrong
OL
07***
Cameron Joplin Cameron Joplin Cameron Joplin Cameron Joplin Cameron Joplin
OL
07 **

Ben Burkett
Ben Burkett Ben Burkett Ben Burkett Ben Burkett
OL
07 ***
Anthony Grosso
Anthony Grosso Anthony Grosso Anthony Grosso Anthony Grosso
OL
07 **
Alex Netter
Alex Netter Alex Netter Alex Netter Alex Netter
OL
W06
63 Keegan Grant 63 Keegan Grant 63 Keegan Grant

FB/TE - 4
2007 2008 2009 20102011
TE/FB[DE]
03**
86 Frayne Abernathy



TE
06***
80 Brendan Mitchell 80 Brendan Mitchell 80 Brendan Mitchell 80 Brendan Mitchell
TE/OL
07**
Cameron Joplin
Cameron Joplin Cameron Joplin Cameron Joplin Cameron Joplin
FB
W05

35 Mark Woodsum35 Mark Woodsum35 Mark Woodsum+

Recvrs - 14/3 WO
2007 2008 2009 20102011
WR
03**
84 Kim Thompson



WR
03***
32 Sam Cheatham



WR
03**
87 Tonjua Jones



WR
03
7 Jeff Yarbrough 7 Jeff Yarbrough


WR
04**
89 Ross Lane 89 Ross Lane


WR
05**
8 Rasheed Ward 8 Rasheed Ward


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


WR
W05
81 Kevin Frymire 81 Kevin Frymire 81 Kevin Frymire+

WR
W05
80 Kevin Mitchell 80 Kevin Mitchell 80 Kevin Mitchell+

WR
06 **
88 Carl Fisher 88 Carl Fisher 88 Carl Fisher 88 Carl Fisher
WR
06 **
5 Sydney Stewart 5 Sydney Stewart 5 Sydney Stewart 5 Sydney Stewart
WR
06
2 Lee Coleman 2 Lee Coleman 2 Lee Coleman 2 Lee Coleman
WR
W06
85 Reilly Sullivan 85 Reilly Sullivan 85 Reilly Sullivan 85 Reilly Sullivan
WR
07 ***
Charles Brown
Charles Brown Charles Brown Charles Brown Charles Brown
RB - 8/1 WO
2007 2008 2009 20102011
RB
W02
36 Nathan Shanks



RB
04**
11 Brandon Roberson



RB
05***
19 Tyrell Sutton 19 Tyrell Sutton


RB
05**
29 Omar Conteh 29 Omar Conteh


RB
06 **
25 Stephen Simmons 25 Stephen Simmons 25 Stephen Simmons 25 Stephen Simmons
RB/DB
W06
83 Rob Brown 83 Rob Brown 83 Rob Brown

RB/S
07 **
Scott Concannon
Scott Concannon Scott Concannon Scott Concannon Scott Concannon
RB
07 **
Drake Dunsmore
Drake Dunsmore Drake Dunsmore Drake Dunsmore Drake Dunsmore
QB - 5
2007 2008 2009 20102011
QB
04***
18 C.J. Bacher 18 C.J. Bacher


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

QB/WR
05***

12 Andrew Brewer 12 Andrew Brewer 12 Andrew Brewer+

QB
06***

14 Joe Mauro 14 Joe Mauro 14 Joe Mauro 14 Joe Mauro
QB
07 **
Dan Persa
Dan Persa Dan Persa Dan Persa Dan Persa

Special Teams

 
4/3 WO  2007 2008 2009 20102011
PK/P
W04
96 Amado Villarreal 96 Amado Villarreal


PK/P
W04
97 Kyle Daley 97 Kyle Daley


K
06**

1 Stefan Demos 1 Stefan Demos 1 Stefan Demos 1 Stefan Demos
P
W06
94 Mark Ison 94 Mark Ison 94 Mark Ison 94 Mark Ison

This chart represents the besyt guess estimate by Purple Reign of the status of the players on the Northwestern Football Offensive Team.Here is the link to the Scout Eligibility Tracker for Northwestern

Position and year represent the year of their signing class. In addition colors and symbols represent the following:

Bold - on last 2 Deep
Red - Possible Redshirt Year

Bold Red - Commits/Redshirt year?
"*" After year is # of Stars on Scout.com [Original Recruited Position in brackets]
W = Walkon, bold indicates a scholarship award.



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