Defensive end Joe Gaziano became Northwestern’s eighth commit in the past week when he committed on Monday. He’s also the third defensive end to commit in the past two days, joining Zach Allen and Trent Goens.
Gaziano, a three-star prospect from Westwood, Mass., is a New Englander like Allen. He chose NU over an offer from Boston College. For more, check out his profile on 247 Sports.
Northwestern has added its seventh commit in less than a week, this time adding three-star defensive end Zach Allen. Allen’s commitment comes less than a day after DE Trent Goens committed. 247′s Steve Wiltfong spoke with Allen about his commitment:
“They told me how Trent committed and they had two more spots and they wanted me to take one of them. I talked to my family and we thought Northwestern had the best combination of athletics and academics. Coach (Pat) Fitzgerald, Coach (Bob) Heffner and Coach (Marty) Long have been great through the process.”
A Connecticut native, Allen chose NU over Boston College and UConn, among others. Check out his highlights above and his 247 profile.
Northwestern picked up its first verbal commitment from the 2015 class on Friday. 3-star linebacker Nathan Fox became the first of six players to give verbal pledges to NU over a four-day span. The latest, 3-star defensive end Trent Goens, came Monday night.
Goens picked NU over offers from Miami, Washington, Arizona and Cal, among other programs. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Chino Hills, Calif., native recorded 35 solo tackles and seven and a half sacks in his junior season. Goens visited NU two weeks ago, according to WildcatReport.com, and decided to commit when, knowing that NU had only two scholarship spots available for defensive ends in this class, he learned that another DE had also committed. The identity of that player could become public as early as today.
A week ago, NU had zero verbal commitments and was unranked in 247Sports’ team rankings. Goens’ pledge bumped NU’s class to 29th, ahead of Florida, Ole Miss and USC, among others. We’re still more than nine months away from Signing Day, so you probably shouldn’t put too much stock in the rankings at this point. NU might not be ranked in the top 30 next February.
If you’re going to take anything away from the team rankings, it should be the speed with which NU ascended them. Picking up six (and quite possibly seven) commitments within the span of a week is a big deal. Stay tuned for analysis/reaction to NU’s next commitment.
Twins Andrew and David Dowell have committed to Northwestern. Both Andrew, a running back, and David, an “athlete” who will play cornerback, are rated as 4-star prospects by 247sports. They were offered scholarships by many of the same programs, including Indiana, Illinois, West Virginia and Iowa State. Their commitments bring Northwestern’s 2015 class to five. Three other players committed to Northwestern earlier this week: 3-star linebacker Nathan Fox, linebacker Tommy Vitale and 3-star running back John Moten. It goes without saying that this has been a big recruiting week for NU.
Check out the Dowell twins’ profiles on 247Sports and their highlight tapes:
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Northwestern picked up its third commitment this week, and this one could be the most highly-anticipated yet. Three-star running back John Moten chose the Wildcats over Boston College, Illinois, Purdue and his home state Missouri Tigers.
At 6-feet, 188 pounds, Moten reports having run a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. He rushed for 1,683 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior, and he ranks as the ninth best player from Missouri in the 2015 class.
Moten talked to Steve Wiltfong of 247 after committing:
“I want to be able to compete with good athletes and I also want to be a student-athlete, and Northwestern has a great APR rating,” Moten said. “It’s a great school, they’re ranked top-15 in the nation. I really feel comfortable around the players and coaches and I felt like it was a good fit for me.”
Learn more about Moten at 247 Sports.
Northwestern received its second commitment of the class of 2015 today, as linebacker Tommy Vitale pledged to the Wildcats. He chose NU over Northern Illinois, Syracuse, Toledo and Western Michigan, and he’s the brother of current NU superback Dan Vitale.
We’ll have more later, but check out the highlights of Vitale and also check out his profile at 247.
Northwestern picked up its first commitment for the class of 2015 Friday morning in the form of Texas linebacker Nathan Fox. Fox, an inside linebacker, was offered during an unofficial visit on April 7, according to 247Sports. With most of the media attention focused on the approaching union vote on April 25, it remains to be seen how the progressive actions will or will not impact recruiting. But regardless, Fox’s commitment is a good start to 2015′s class for coach Pat Fitzgerald and his staff.
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