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Northwestern Football Recruiting: Signing Day Looms, Stephen Buckley Commits, Anything Doing?

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So, tomorrow is signing day, which generally allows the NCAA football community to get their panties all bunched up. I'll write a bunch about Northwestern's class of 2012 and what they mean for the program and all, but for you, the question is: what does signing day actually mean for Northwestern? Typically, this is an intriguing day because big-name recruits announce their decision about what school they'll attend, in Northwestern's scenario, this is rarely an issue.

This year, that seems to be the case. After picking up Kyle Prater (!!!!!) and Stephen Buckley, Northwestern has a class of 21 locked up and from the buzz around recruiting services seems to imply that it will stay that way. Northwestern still has a few offers outstanding, but none to anybody seemingly likely to decide on Northwestern. High Northwestern target four-star linebacker Quanzell Lambert, who committed to Rutgers before the departure of head coach Greg Schiano, is apparently going to wait until after signing day to fill out his LOI while reconsidering options, but apparently has little chance of coming to NU.

About Buckley: he's a two-star athlete from Forney, Texas, who Northwestern is apparently looking at using as a running back. Buckley played QB in high school, but was being recruited as a defensive back by other schools - Kansas State, Washington State, and several service academies had offers out. Buckley is 6-foot-0 and runs a 4.48 40, if those are the things you worry about.

Anyway, if you're curious about signing day, it won't be too exciting. But we will have stories up over the next week or so about the class and what it has going on.