Another day, another commitment.
The recruiting mojo from the last month or so continues to snowball. No, this is not another four-star prospect, but it is another strong addition to the recruiting class, one that will certainly warrant fanfare when his career at Northwestern is over.
Three-star offensive lineman Blake Hance announced his commitment to Northwestern on Thursday, only a day after telling Chris Johnson of Inside Northwestern that he was eagerly awaiting a Northwestern offer before making his decision. That offer came, and that decision was made very quickly:
I’ve committed to Northwestern University! So excited to be a Wildcat!!
— Blake Hance (@blakehance44) May 16, 2013
Hance is a 6-foot-5 offensive lineman from Jacksonville, Ill. Hance is expected to play offensive tackle along with 2014 recruiting classmate Tommy Doles. He also can play tight end and is the 27th-ranked tight end in the nation according to Scout. Fans have already begun comparing him to Jack Konopka. Northwestern has picked up a ton of skill position players so far in this recruiting class and needed to add some offensive line depth to complete this class.
So Northwestern has 10 of its projected class of 15 all set. Hance will not be getting many of the headlines, but he will be a pretty big part of this team moving forward. Northwestern’s recruiting class has already gained early accolades and Hance only (excuse the pun) enhances that.
B1G releases 2014 schedule
In more 2014 news, Hance and his recruiting class know the Big Ten schedule they will face as freshman. The conference released the 2014 schedules, the first year that Rutgers and Maryland will join the conference. Northwestern will play at Penn State and home against Michigan in inter-divisional matchups in 2014.
NU will have to wait until at least 2015 to meet the Big Ten’s newest members out East.
Here is Northwestern’s 2014 schedule as we know it:
|Aug. 30||vs. California|
|Sep. 20||vs. Western Illinois|
|Sep. 27||@ Penn State|
|Oct. 4||vs. Wisconsin|
|Oct. 11||@ Minnesota|
|Oct. 18||vs. Nebraska|
|Nov. 8||vs. Michigan|
|Nov. 15||@ Notre Dame|
|Nov. 22||@ Purdue|
|Nov. 29||vs. Illinois|
There is your 2014 schedule. Should be an interesting slate as the Big Ten plays its first season with the expanded conference and begins transitioning to a nine-game conference schedule.