Wow! Louie Vaccher of WildcatReport.com just posted that NU landed 6-0, 190-pound RB Warren Miles Long yesterday. It marks the second California RB to commit to NU in a week (Xavier Minifield committed a week ago). Long told the Contra Costa Times that NU’s coaching staff sealed the deal by being so open and welcoming from the get-go. Yet again, Northwestern was the first to offer Long, a theme that has resonated with so many of the commits. Long, who runs a 4.5/40, was also sold on the academics as a difference maker in his decision. The RB has run for 2800 yards in the last two seasons out of a pistol formation spread offense. Long chose NU over Colorado and several Pac12 schools that were courting him. Welcome aboard!
One of the biggest buzzes this recruiting season was Kyle Prater. Prater, the former top-ranked WR in the nation coming out of high school, chose to transfer from USC to Northwestern to be close to home for personal reasons. The 6-5 injury-plagued receiver made only one reception at USC, but he is the most decorated player to come to NU since I’ve been following the ‘Cats. Northwestern petitioned the NCAA for a waiver which would enable Prater to not sitout the customary one year and play this fall. This much most of you know. Now, thanks to Teddy Greenstein’s piece in the tribune, we can at least find out in the next few weeks.
Considering the season starts in just two months, that’s not exactly breaking news, but you have to think things are hopeful based on the fact there have been so many other waivers granted, including his former teammate, RB Amir Carlisle who got cleared to play this year at Notre Dame. Recently an Illini FB got granted a similar release to play at Auburn, near his ailing mother. Prater’s actual reason has not been disclosed other than the fact it is a personal family issue.
‘Cats fans are pretty excited about this for obvious reasons. It’s rare to have a 6-5 WR target who is so talented and a true gamebreaker. Personally, I see Prater as a safety valve, meaning, when in doubt, jump ball it his way, much like Denard Robinson does at Michigan. It will add a whole new dimension to our already loaded WR corps. I have little basis for it, but I’m just optimistic based on precedent of so many waivers being granted as of late. I’m really curious to find out what took so long. Fingers crossed.
Congrats to Jim Phillips!
Northwestern AD Jim Phillips was named the 2011-2012 AD of the Year for the Central Region by his colleagues at NACDA, the governing body of college athletic directors. Just wait until we complete the fundraising for our several hundred million dollar facilities makeover and he’ll be a shoe-in for the national AD of the Year. Congratulations Jim! Click here for the story at NUSports.com.