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?
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.