So much for losing some recruiting momentum. Northwestern picked up its 10th commitment for the class of 2013 when New Jersey wide receiver/safety Kyle Queiro ended his recruiting and committed to Northwestern.
Queiro becomes the fourth recruit to commit in the last week and made me eat my words from this morning after I said recruiting momentum was likely to slow. This is just a testament to the coaches and the job they do. Northwestern does a great job really targeting players they want and selling the program to receptive ears. And there are a lot more talented players out there.
Queiro is certainly one of them. Scout has him rated as a three-star safety and Queiro said Northwestern said he would get a look at both wide receiver and safety, although Queiro said he believes he will be a safety at the collegiate level. Scout ranks him as the 47th best safety in the nation. Rivals has the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Queiro as a three-star athlete. He picked Northwestern out of 13 scholarship offers, including offers from Boston College, Illinois and Vanderbilt.
Queiro told Brian Dohn of Scout.com that the mix of athletics and academics attracted him to Evanston and he sees the program as one on the rise. His relationship with Pat Fitzgerald also played a role as Fitzgerald apparently took the lead in recruiting.
This is sure to warm Fitzgerald’s heart, Queiro told Louis Vacchar of WildcatReport that the family atmosphere was a big sell too:
“The one thing that sold itself was the people at Northwestern. They are just the nicest people, even if they weren’t football players. A lot of places talk about family, but you really feel it there.”
Depth is always the big issue with Northwestern and Queiro will certainly help that when he arrives in Evanston in 2013. Queiro has a lot of skill and athleticism. And we are happy to have him in the family.