Colter on Northwestern

Englewood, Colo., three-star quarterback Kain Colter talked to Big Red Report about where he stands, including his take on Northwestern. Colter, who recently decommitted from Stanford, visited Evanston in December. See what other schools Colter is considering, and where else Colter is planning to visit.

Will Hampton redux?

Englewood, Colo., quarterback Kain Colter -- who committed to Stanford in the spring -- recently reopened his recruitment. And Colter, a three-star prospect, confirmed in an interview with Big Red Report that Northwestern is the front-runner at the moment.

This is far from a done deal. Indeed, Colter, the No. 46-rated QB in the nation, is still planning visits to Nebraska and TCU. He also paid a visit to Arizona State in December, one week before he was at NU.

Colter holds offers from ASU, Nebraska, Colorado and of course Northwestern, among others. So he's got options, and he's going to weigh them.

Multiple efforts by Purple Reign to reach Colter on Monday have thus far been unsuccessful.

Colter, 6-1 and 185 pounds, committed to Stanford in April. After an unofficial visit to Palo Alto, Colter told Scout.com that he was excited to join Jim Harbaugh's program.

Luckily for Northwestern, things change.

Colter's story is not unlike three-star defensive line prospect Will Hampton. Hampton, a Texas native, committed to Stanford in May. But the 6-3, 275-pounder -- rated as the No. 67 defensive tackle in the nation -- decommitted in late July. Then, in August, he gave an oral commitment to Northwestern, a commitment that still holds.

Stanford's recruiting strategy sets it up for decommitments like this. Discussed at length in this article, Stanford offers early and in big numbers, hoping to garner early commitments. And that, the Cardinal does. But with those spring-time decisions comes a greater propensity for defection, something that has bitten Stanford* yet again.

*Of course, Northwestern has experienced its own decommitment woes with Shontrelle Johnson's recent change of heart. The one-time NU commit recently opted for Iowa State.

Purple Reign will keep you apprised of Colter's decision and what could be yet another coup for NU's 2010 class.

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