Football Recruiting Round-Up
With 10 commitments already on the board for Northwestern football’s 2014 class, a ton of attention has been paid to Pat Fitzgerald’s most decorated recruiting haul. Yet, there are still a handful of slots left to fill and as you’d expect, NU has many prospects on the board to do just that. Let’s take a look at some of the more likely candidates, with a noticeable emphasis on the defensive side of the ball, considering 70% of the current commitments are offensive players.
Garrett Dickerson – SB/DE – The 4-star stud from Bergen Catholic (NJ) is one of the more unique candidates still on the board. A commitment by Dickerson – who has NU alongside Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan and Stanford as his finalists – and this class, despite its small size, would be cemented as a top 15 class in terms of quality. Dickerson, as you likely know, is the younger brother of current WR, Cameron Dickerson. Yet, as InsideNU.com recently reported, it is his fellow Bergen Catholic teammate and 2014 commit, Kyle Queiro, who is putting the full court recruiting press on him. You just get the sense with this momentum that Dickerson will go purple, which would be beyond huge. Garrett is currently listed as the #5 TE in the nation by Rivals.com.
Noah Westerfield – LB/DE – The 2014 defensive standout from Frisco, Texas is pretty high on Northwestern as he counts offers from Duke, SMU and Boise State among his favorites. Westerfield has been high on NU since the day he received his offer and you get the sense it’s just a matter of time before he pulls the trigger.
Adarius Pickett – CB – Normally you’d consider a 4-star DB from El Cerritos, California a stretch for the Wildcats, especially considering his voluminous list of suitors includes the likes of Ohio State, USC, Oregon and oh, about a dozen others. However, based on the recent recruiting success, I’m done trying to predict what’s next in store for the ‘Cats. Pickett is unlikely to commit anywhere until the fall. Pickett perked my ears when he recently announced he’ll be paying a visit to the Northwestern campus after the upcoming Rivals Five Star camp.
Ron Robinson – S – The 6-2, 195-pound DB from Santiago, California is yet another top target in the secondary, a rather obvious theme for NU’s final third of the 2014 commitment list. Scout.com recently posted a glowing feature on the “big hitter”, who has mostly been courted by west coast schools. Nick Medline painted the Robinson picture to be a classic NU profile – a head turning player who has somehow stayed off the grid, for the most part.
Brandon Lee – LB – The Indianapolis native knocked out a visit to Evanston last month, yet the 4-star outside linebacker reported that he’s not close to making a decision. Lee’s offer list includes the likes of Michigan State, NC State, Purdue and Louisville among others, which will likely only increase as Scout has him listed as the 25th best LB in the nation.
Parker Westphal – CB – Westphal is one of the few remaining crowned jewels in the Illinois area. He boasts 20 offers ranging from Florida to Syracuse to NU and now, Wisconsin. The Bolingbrook, Illinois native has likely noticed the buzz in Evanston for this class, yet, Parker doesn’t intend to make a decision anytime soon.
Ladarius Wiley – CB – See a trend here? The ‘Cats are going west for their DB targets. Ladarius Wiley, of Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, has Northwestern atop his favorites list and the feeling appears to be mutual. The 3-star senior-to-be was offered early by NU, a very dominant theme in their recent success. Wiley holds offers from Cal, Cal Poly and Fresno State and the commentary on this rising junior reads like a classic NU tale – a diamond in the rough whom NU was confident in based on their own evaluations, not competitors offers.
There are several others in the mix for joining the ranks of the Wildcats, however, the above list seem to have a higher probability of being one of the next to create even more sizzle to a recruiting class that is now ranked 15th by Scout.com and 17th by ESPN.com.
Stoking the Illini Rivalry
Not a week goes by without some sort of jab between the Wildcats and Illini. Most recently, Illini blogger, The Champaign Room, posted this tongue-in-cheek accusation towards the Wildcats’ way as an explanation for our explosive recruiting results.
LTP Flag Project
OK, so today’s installment isn’t exactly a flag, but we still give props to Leonard Epstein (WCAS ’80) and his daughter, Sarah, for sporting the purple on their recent trip to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. We’ve got some loose “rules” on what constitutes a flag, so thanks for the effort Espteins!
LTP Ticket Madness – Project Protect This House
Nothing like an Ohio State segue to drum up ticket support. I’ve learned that season ticket space is filling up fast and we’re now in to the corners of Ryan Field for season tickets. All the more reason to step up NOW. We’re also doing a fantastic job with specifically the single game tickets for the Ohio State game, but we’ve got a long way to go. Folks, this isn’t some type of spin on my part…the time is now to lock in your tickets, especially if you want to improve your seats for next year.
Season Tickets - We did not add ANY new season tickets to the board this weekend. Say it with me now…with Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Syracuse headlining a 7-game home slate on the heels of a 10-win season, now is the best time to get on board with season tickets. Simply call 888-Go-Purple and ask for Mike Zoller, then email me at email@example.com and we’ll give you a shout out. The ‘Cats play three night games (Syracuse, Western Michigan and Ohio State) this season and it is sure to crank up the level of fun for tailgating as well. You can also order NU season tickets online – click here to get right to the order page.
Single Game Tickets (aka Project Protect This House vs OSU, Michigan) - Season ticket holders are afforded the exclusive right to gobble up as many as 10 single game tickets for ANY game, including Ohio State and Michigan. Many of you are looking to buy single game tickets from existing season ticket holders – well, the LTP Exchange is now open for you to do just that! A special shout out to Shawn B. who stepped up to help out a ’95 San Francisco alum and purchase 10 tickets on his behalf. Also, the handle Look Good In Purple has taken this project to the Rivals.com message boards which is yielding some movement. thanks to Shawn’s help we are now up to 148 on our way to a goal of 500 SINGLE GAME tickets in hopes of blocking the sea of Scarlet & Gray and Maize & Blue. I have another season ticket reader who is willing to purchase single game tickets for you. Just email me and I’ll connect you.
You too can help us defend Ryan Field and box out the Buckeyes and Wolverines by purchasing single game tickets and start recruiting friends, neighbors and co-workers to join you for a one game experience that will whet their appetite for taking the plunge. We’ve just added a NEW scoreboard to track the single game tickets that you folks are starting to gobble up. Email us your wins of buying single game tickets and we’ll give you a shout out. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please use the LTP EXCHANGE to help your efforts!!!