Northwestern recently hauled in a pair of offensive standouts, with quarterback Trevor Siemian and receiver Rashad Lawrence each committing to NU in the past 10 days. But the Wildcats aren't having as much luck on defense at the moment.
Devon Carrington, a four-star safety from Arizona, committed to Stanford over the weekend, becoming the second highly-rated defensive prospect to pass on NU in a week. A few days earlier, four-star defensive end Blake Lueders chose Notre Dame over Northwestern.
"I just committed to Stanford," Carrington told Scout.com. "I've always wanted to go but wanted to see other schools. But when I noticed how many commits they have, I knew I had to make my decision early if I wanted a spot."
On Saturday, Carrington told Purple Reign that Stanford was a strong candidate. But the 6-foot, 183-pounder sure didn't seem to be less than 24 hours from a decision.
"Pretty much everybody who offered me a scholarship is still in play," Carrington said Saturday. "I haven't taken many visits, and until I do that all that all the schools that offered are pretty much the same."
While Scout.com recruiting analyst Jason Jewell described Carrington's commitment as "firm" on Sunday, the No. 19-rated safety in the nation did say, "Whether I'm 100% done with my recruitment, I don't know. There are schools I would still like to visit so I can reassure myself I made the right decision."
Today, Carrington was quoted by Andy Drukarev of The Bootleg -- Stanford's Scout page -- as saying, "I'm fully committed to Stanford. I got off the phone with (head coach Jim) Harbaugh a few hours ago. He was very excited and glad I finally decided to be fully on board."
Also according to The Bootleg, Carrington said, "I'm going to try to take a couple of official visits to Notre Dame, Cal, and maybe University of Arizona if the school allows me to do that."
Read what you will into those conflicting statements.
As it stands, however, Carrington becomes Stanford's 21st commitment, which is tops in the nation. The swelling list of 2010 commits was a factor in committing this soon.
"I noticed that Stanford is starting to bring in a lot of commits and I didn't want to miss my window of opportunity and be left out or anything," Carrington said, according to The Bootleg. "The reason why I kind of left it on the low is because I wanted to take some more visits and visit some more schools but with Stanford starting to fill up I can't continue to wait and then miss my opportunity on a school like that."
One potential caveat to the commitment is getting through Stanford's admissions process.
"My biggest goal (for the rest of my summer) is to try to get admitted to Stanford," said Carrington, who has a 3.8 high school GPA. "That's the biggest thing for most kids - trying to get admitted."
So while Carrington may seem a bit equivocal about his commitment, he has indeed committed. Time will tell if the commitment sticks, but as it stands, NU looks to have missed on its top two defensive prospects.