With recruiting for the 2014 class starting to heat up, InsideNU has posted our first annual “Big Board” to help you stay caught up on which recruits Northwestern is currently pursuing. We have plenty of recruiting updates in our current recruiting section, which gives details on who is visiting, how those visits went and who NU has offered. However, you can use the Big Board to get a look at the biggest prospects that NU is currently pursuing. Of course, we won’t list every one — that list would go on forever — but will instead focus on prospects who have shown a genuine interest in NU, and vice versa. The Big Board will be updated throughout the year. Think we missed something? Send us a tip at insidenu@gmail.com.

Commits

Clayton Thorson
School: Wheaton North (IL)
Position: QB
Stars: 4
Other offers: Boston College, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Ole Miss, NC State, Northern Illinois, Penn State, Syracuse
247 Profile
Notes: Committed to NU on March 17, according to Scout’s Beth Long; Named an ESPN “Watch List” QB; Excels as a pocket passer and on the run

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Cameron Queiro
School: Bergen Catholic (NJ)
Position: OLB
Stars: 3
Other offers: Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt
247 Profile
Notes: Committed on April 4; Outside linebacker with experience at safety; Brother, Kyle, is a member of the class of 2013

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Ben Oxley
School: Avon Lake (OH)
Position: OT/DT
Stars: 3
Other offers: Bowling Green, Illinois, Louisville, Toledo, Western Michigan, Yale
247 Profile
Notes: Committed on visit on April 5-6; Versatile player who can play offensive or defensive line

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Solomon Vault
School: Gaithersburg (MD)
Position: WR, ATH
Stars: 3
Other offers: East Carolina, Marshall, UMass, Minnesota, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Tennessee, Western Michigan
247 Profile
Notes: Visited Northwestern weekend of April 13; Check out our breakdown of what his commitment means for NU

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Tommy Doles
School: Grand Rapids Christian (MI)
Position: OT
Stars: 3
Other offers: Air Force, Army, Iowa State, Michigan
247 Profile
Notes: Committed to NU on May 3; Our analysis of his commitment; Visited first weekend of March; Michigan was leader in January, according to Scout

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Auston Anderson
School: Plano West (TX)
Position: RB
Stars: 3
Other offers: Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Cal, Georgia Tech, Navy, Nebraska, Rice, Stanford, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, UCLA, Washington, Washington State
247 Profile
Notes: Committed on May 9; Speedy running back who could be used in the option and saw comparisons to Venric Mark; His mom gave him the extra push to commit to NU

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Justin Jackson
School: Glenbard North (IL)
Position: RB
Stars: 4
Other offers: Boston College, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, Purdue, Syracuse, Vanderbilt
247 Profile
Notes: Committed to NU on May 14; Last year’s Gatorade Player of the Year in Illinois; Visit to NU weekend of March 9, according to Rivals

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Blake Hance
School: Jacksonville (IL)
Position: OT
Stars: 3
Other offers: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, NC State, Northern Illinois, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Western Michigan, Wyoming
247 Profile
Notes: Committed on May 16; Had been waiting on an offer since July and committed the day after he received one

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Fred Wyatt
School: Free State (Lawrence, KS)
Position: DT
Stars: 3
Other offers: Arizona State, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Rice
247 Profile
Notes: Visited Memorial Day weekend; Committed on May 28

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Nathan Hall
School: Sylvania Southview (OH)
Position: OLB
Stars: 3
Other Offers: Akron, Bowling Green, Kent State, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Western Michigan
247 Profile
Notes: Committed to NU on June 17; Brother of current NU safety Jimmy Hall; Athletic player who has been recruited as a wide receiver and a safety

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Garrett Dickerson
School: Bergen Catholic (NJ)
Position: DE/TE
Stars: 4
Other offers: Alabama, Arizona, Boston College, UConn, Florida State, Maryland, Michigan, NC State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, Toledo, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin
247 Profile
Notes: Committed to NU on December 8; Has good relationship with NU coaches and was being “recruited” by 2014 commit Cameron Queiro

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Parrker Westphal
School: Bolingbrook (IL)
Position: CB
Stars: 4
Other offers: Cincinnati, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue, West Virginia, Vanderbilt
247 Profile
Notes: Visited weekend of December 7; Committed to NU on December 20

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James Prather
School: Memphis University School (TN)
Position: LB
Stars: 3
Other offers: Austin Peay, Connecticut, Furman, Memphis, Navy, Northern Illinois, Richmond, South Alabama
247 Profile
Notes: Committed January 16

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Xavier Washington
School: Cedar Hill (TX)
Position: DE
Stars: 2
Other offers: Air Force, North Texas, Houston
247 Profile
Notes: Committed February 3, Undersized but impressive highlights

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Jared McGee
School: Mansfield Legacy (TX)
Position: S
Stars: 2
Other offers: Houston Baptist, Montana State, Navy, UTSA
247 profile
Notes: Originally offered as a greyshirt, but received a full scholarship after Hamilton Anoa’i's decomittment

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