Northwestern adds running back to 2014 class

About this time yesterday, we were breaking the unfortunate news that Jaren Sina would not be arriving at Northwestern. Today, we have some good recruiting news.

Gaithersburg, Maryland, running back Solomon Vault became the fifth member of Northwestern’s 2014 football recruiting class after tweeting his decision out Thursday morning.

Vault is an athletic running back and adds another skilled player to a strong looking class. And that is with five guys already in the hopper this early in the recruiting season.

Nick Medline of Scout and Louie Vacchar of Rivals project Vault as a potential slot receiver in Northwestern’s offense and he will likely be redshirted as he is listed at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds by the recruiting services. The three-star athlete received offers from Nebraska, Pittsburgh and Tennessee among others. He ran for more than 1,200 yards and 22 touchdowns last year. He also posted a 11.33 seconds in the 100 meters on the track.

He may be small, but he is speedy.

The Wildcats seem to be collecting a lot of these versatile players in their recruiting class so far. That is not too uncommon for Northwestern. Once he gets to Evanston, the Cats will find the right spot for him.

Pat Fitzgerald appears to be doing his homework early this year again. The recruiting class, which is expected to be small this year because of available scholarships, is already taking shape.

Welcome to the family, Solomon!

  • JimB

    Glad to see him commit to NU. I see a bright future for him with the cats!!

  • cece

    Solomon, great to hear you will come to NU! today it is a very rainy city by a big lake, but we’re all dreaming of better weather at the beach, hitting the books, and watching Wildcat B1G football. Thanks for making a decision to become a student and playing Wildcat!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lake.posts Lake T. Posts

    Wow..quite the recruiting mojo! The ‘Cats are beating out good competition for the 2014 class. Can’t wait to beat Nebraska again on the field as well as in the recruiting circles this year! So excited to have Solomon in purple. You also get my note for coolest name of the past two recruiting classes.

    • gocatsgo2003

      For my money, it’s hard to beat Godwin Igwebuike on the name front.

  • Dave

    Why would you assume he would redshirt because of his size? Unless you expect him to significantly grow height-wise (unlikely), 190 seems like a reasonable weight for a 5-11 slot receiver. I’m pretty sure that’s bigger than ebert was his senior year right?

    • Dave

      Just checked; the patriots website has ebert currently listed at 5-11 195, so he’s already about the same size.

      I’m sure every recruit could use an offseason in the weight room, but this guy could be an instant impact player

    • http://www.facebook.com/prossmanreich Philip Rossman-Reich

      Good point. Shows how little I know about football “measurables.” I assume every freshman gets redshirted at this point.

  • MF

    Solomon Vault looks like a stud!! fast and punishing!

  • CliffG

    Great highlights! Give the ball to Mr. Vault. And welcome!

  • ncrmd

    Wow!! This guy has Gale Sayers moves. Looks like we are getting the A List players.

  • SB

    From one Gaithersburg native to another, welcome to the NU family, Solomon.

West Division

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Nebraska5010
Minnesota4110
Iowa4110
Northwestern2210
Wisconsin3100
Illinois3201
Purdue2301

East Division

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Maryland4110
Ohio State3100
Michigan State3100
Penn State4111
Rutgers4101
Indiana2201
Michigan2301