It has been a while since we have been able to report a new member of the Wildcats. After that rush in the last month or so, it seemed like the good news could not stop coming. It slowed to a trickle, but that also was a product of Northwestern’s small class.
Well, we are ready to add recruit No. 12 to the Northwestern recruiting class of 2014.
Ohio linebacker Nathan Hall, brother of Northwestern safety Jimmy Hall, became the latest rising senior to make his pledge to Northwestern. Hall gave Pat Fitzgerald the news while Fitzgerald was watching Monday’s Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final, Nick Medline of PurpleWildcats.com reports. Hopefully the announcement lessened the sting.
Hall was originally a wide receiver in high school, but spent part of his camp workout at Northwestern learning how to play outside linebacker. This is the position, Medline writes, Northwestern envisions Hall playing. Neither Rivals nor Scout has given Hall a star rating because of his position change. But he did enough in camp to affirm the coaching staff’s beliefs he could man the position and be as versatile as his brother and picked up an offer. Obviously, it did not take him long to jump at the chance to come to Evanston.
This is once again a brother duo coming to the Wildcats. That says something about the program, you would think, that brothers are raving about the program enough to have their younger siblings join them. It certainly suggests there is a trust among brothers and parents with Fitzgerald and his program.
This makes 12 recruits in a class that is expected to have 15 members. Hall will hopefully fill a need in this recruiting class at outside linebacker and be one of those unheralded finds Northwestern is so good at getting and developing into solid contributors.