Recruiting roundup

With some three-star prospects planning visits to Evanston this weekend, it seems like a good time to recap some of the goings-on on the recruiting trail. Inside, Purple Reign looks at who'll be stopping by this weekend, as well as some of the other players who NU is targeting.

The post-season, pre-bowl lull in action doesn't apply to the recruiting trail. With that in mind, it's worth a look to see which 2010 prospects Northwestern is still targeting – including a pair of three-star players making the trek to Evanston this weekend.

Let's start with California receiver Austin Hill. Hill is being heavily recruited by the other NU – Nebraska – as well. But the 6-3, 200-pounder from Corona, Calif., said that he'll be in Evanston this weekend.

"The school is really high on academics," Hill said of Northwestern in an interview with Big Red Report. "I am going to meet the football team, and I have heard good things about the school."

Hill also has offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Arizona and a few others. As is the case with a lot of NU's targets, the Wildcats had more wins this season than most of the other suitors.

Adonis Smith, a 5-11, 185-pound back from San Mateo, Calif., is also reportedly going to be in Evanston this weekend, a trip that is many, many months in the making.

"Once I get my chance to go up there and see all the schools, that will make my decision real easy...." Smith told Purple Reign back in June.

"I'm really not anxious, but I'll be happy once I make my decision. It's all about the school being right for me. Once I feel that right school, then it will be easy to make a decision."

With this week's trip to NU, that decision could be imminent.

Smith said that Washington State and Northwestern are recruiting him the hardest, adding, "They say that I'm the complete back they are looking for. They said they don't have anyone like me."

NU is also in the running for Fort Meyers, Fla., receiver Cordaveous Brown, a 5-10, 180-pound one-star prospect.

"Northwestern, Auburn, Rutgers, and Virginia have been (recruiting me)," Brown said. "Rutgers is supposed to fly me up there sometime in January for an official visit but that's the only one I got so far."

Brown said that Rutgers is probably his top choice at the moment.

Staying in the South, another skill-position target of NU is Apalachee, Ga., running back Jon Lee. At last check, Lee, a one-star prospect, did not hold an official offer from Northwestern. He did say, however: "(Recruiting) has really picked up a lot recently. I picked an offer from Army just recently and Northwestern said they were coming down to pay me a visit and possibly give me an offer."

Lee, who said that he'll commit on his birthday, Jan. 31, is 5-10 and 185 pounds. Reputed to have a 4.40 40, he currently holds offers from Army, Navy, Air Force, Western Carolina and Wofford.

While Northwestern recently received a commitment from Philadelphia safety/running back Ibraheim Campbell, early indications are that Campbell will play defense for the Cats, which means there is still room for some skill position players.

Northwestern learned this week that another skill-position target, three-star Tyler Slaving from Corona, Calif., is heading to Arizona. But there are obviously other targets who are uncommitted.

Maybe after this weekend, that will change.


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