by Kevin Trahan (@k_trahan)
Northwestern picked up its 17th commit of the class of 2013 on Thursday with the addition of three-star running back/safety Godwin Igwebuike. A native of Pickerington, Ohio (the same hometown as Brian Peters), Igwebuike had an impressive list of offers, including Michigan State, Wisconsin and West Virginia, according to Scout.
“When they offered me, they told me offense or defense they just want me on the team,” Igwebuike told Scout. “Having the option to play on both sides of the ball was a big factor for me.”
Obviously this is a big pickup for NU considering the other offers that Igwebuike had. If the Wildcats want to compete with the big boys on the field, they'll have to do the same on the recruiting trail. NU certainly seems to be headed in that direction, especially in Ohio, where it has landed big commitments from Igwebuike and four-star recruit Ifeadi Odenigbo in the past two years.
Moving up the Rankings
Scout released its new recruiting rankings, and after a solid finish at No. 48 in 2012, Northwestern is moving up in 2012. The Wildcats come in at No. 26 nationally in the current rankings and No. 4 in the Big Ten.
Of NU's 17 commitments, one is a 4-star, 14 are 3-stars and two are 2-stars. While there is still a long time until the rankings are finalized, the shift in the recruiting season to earlier in the year means schools won't add much more to their classes. That means NU has a decent shot at finishing in the top 30 nationally, and with a couple more solid commitments, the Cats could sneak into the top 25.
In Case You Missed It
Inside NU has had a lot of coverage from NU practice and media day the past few days, so in case you missed any of it, here's a recap of what we wrote.
Our complete fall primer.
Stanford transfer Quinn Evans is relishing his new opportunity at Northwestern.
Northwestern's receivers are trying to live up to their own high expectations.
NU's coaches are adapting to an accelerated recruiting climate.
Around the Web
Chris Emma has a practice report from NU as the Cats prepare for practice in pads. (Insider Only)
The best place for NU links is on Scout's message boards, where Jonathan Hodges of Hail to Purple posts them frequently. Check out this set from yesterday.