DT Fred Wyatt Commits!!
This is getting downright crazy. PurpleWildcats.com reported that the Lawrence, Kansas native, Fred Wyatt became the 11th member of Pat Fitzgerald’s 2014 class, after a very positive weekend visit. Wyatt’s father, Buddy, is an assistant coach for the Kansas Jayhawks and was also an assistant under Gary Barnett in the late 1990s in Evanston. In the end, Wyatt chose NU for the 1-2 combo of academics and athletic upside. The 6-4, 255 pound defensive lineman follows what many predicted in the back of this class – a shift towards defensive players.
Wildcat fans are getting spoiled this recruiting season. Fitz has projected only 15 scholarship offers for this class, based on his five year (via redshirts) spreading of the scholarship wealth. The recent barrage of 2014 commitments, including several four star standouts has NU fans now conditioned to beating out big name schools. Wyatt’s choosing of NU over Oklahoma State, Arizona State and the less heralded Kansas Jayhawks (and Rice Owls) seems almost ho-hum in comparison. Yet, don’t forget folks, it wasn’t long ago we were beating out three MAC schools and Indiana for the players that have been a key part of last year’s 10-win season. While the offensive skill players receive all the flash in recruiting, the foundation for success starts on the line and it starts with guys like Fred Wyatt. Welcome to Wildcat Nation!!!