Spring surprise! Wildcats add Ohio lineman to 2014 class

Northwestern held its open practice Saturday at Ryan Field, debuting the team to some extent for the consuming public. Feel free to continue sharing your thoughts from the open practice and what you think of the team.

From the reports I have read, Northwestern took a very laid back approach to the practice as Pat Fitzgerald does not really care for the spectacle part of spring football, he cares more about his team staying healthy and learning and cementing the fundamentals. Among the players to impress (again from what I read, like this report from Nick Medline of Scout) were Venric Mark, Traveon Henry, Stephen Buckley and Tony Jones.

Of course, that is just one practice. Don’t want to draw too many conclusions.

Again, feel free to continue sharing your thoughts int eh comments below.

This post though is about another recruiting get for the Wildcats. After the open practice, Scout and ESPN.com report that three-star defensive tackle/offensive tackle Ben Oxley of Avon Lake (Ohio) High School.  Scout ranks Oxley as the 47th best tackle in the nation. Oxley also had offers from Illinois and Louisville and interest from Michigan, Ohio State and West Virginia. He was on the radar for some big programs.

Oxley is No. 79 in the highlights below, he plays defensive tackle and right tackle (he has a nice block at 2:20 in the video).

He became Northwestern’s fourth oral commitment for the Class of 2014. As Medline notes, Northwestern had no commitments at this point last year. Pat Fitzgerald’s message is really sinking in for recruits and reportedly that message is genuinely displayed from the overnight visits with current players talking to the recruits as they come to Northwestern.

Oxley committed Saturday after the open practice and a close look at the Northwestern football community and practice.

That makes the second big get for the Wildcats in one week after Cameron Queiro, brother of 2013 recruit Kyle Queiro, committed earlier this week. They join safety Jordan Thomas and quarterback Clayton Thorson to form the foundation of what should be another strong Northwestern class.

There is, what?, only 10 months until Signing Day right?

LTP Purple Pledge

If you were one of the 5,000 or so fans in attendance at yesterday’s scrimmage then you were likely thinking about which new potential season ticket holders you could be adding.  Well, Mark S. added +2 to his current ticket package from four to six to get us right at the 50 NEW season ticket milestone on our way to 200.  If you buy season tickets for the first time, add new ones to your existing base or bring in a new season ticket holder, please email us at laketheposts@gmail.com  and we’ll give you a shout out.  With Michigan and Ohio State headlining the home schedule that also features Big East champ Syracuse, Michigan State, Minnesota and others, it’s going to be a great year to pack Ryan Field with purple.


  • Noah

    wow…this is shaping up really well. Every year our class gets better and better and fills earlier. A true testament to Fitz, Phillips, and the Northwestern community.

    Go Cats!

  • I follow a lot of projects on Kickstarter. I found that MGoBlog does some sort of annual “program” on Michigan football: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mgoblog/hail-to-the-victors-2013?ref=discover_pop.

    While I don’t necessarily endorse copying something that a Michigan fan is doing, it is an interesting way to raise both money and awareness. Perhaps a Kickstarter effort to fund the year’s LakeThePosts operations…

    Go Cats!

    • Alaskawildcat

      Did some one just say Veronica Mars? Can you believe that kickstarter campaign has raised almost 5 million dollars since it was started less than a month ago? (One week left until Friday to join if you want to be a part of history – takes only one dollar and you get a “free” T-Shirt with a $25 contribution.) Great potential there for a LTP “fundraiser.”

      • thanks for the nudge. If i could duplicate myself i would have the “other” me managing the business side – cool kickstarter-y type projects like preseason guides, apparel, advertising and super cool NU FB/BB events. Trying to stay afloat just churning out the content daily with my real job are pretty tough…need to consider lots of things. LTP is partial to Kristen Bell (love House of Lies), perhaps we need to find a purple mafia reason to talk to “veronica”.

        • Alaskawildcat

          Kristin Bell has an Alaska connection as well. She starred as John Krasinski’s love interest in the Alaska filmed, “Big Miracle” whale movie although Drew Barrymore won out in the end. The Purple tie-in is that she turned purple from the cold during the filming as all of the ice field/animatronic whale scenes were done on an outside set just below my office. I got to watch all of the actors shivering between takes as temps dropped below zero.

  • cece

    Ben, thanks for deciding to come play with the Big1G school by the big lake. Today is a spectacular sunny day in Chicagoland and I’m dreaming of the days I spent at the beach at NU, in warm weather and cold. Thank you for deciding to study and play for the Wildcats!

  • Mark

    Got an apology and offer of tickets to the scrimmage on April 13th. Had already cancelled our trip but grateful to the folks at NU. It was a sincere apology, not one of those “we apologize to anyone we offended.” Go Cats!

    Avon Lake is a high school that plays a tough schedule here in Ohio and traditionally has been strong. (Cleveland area.) Plays a lot of the teams that other Ohio Cats football players come from. Oh, and something to shoot for at Ryan Field – a waiting list for season tickets.