School: Gaithersburg (MD)
Height/Weight: 5-foot-9/188 pounds
Other offers: East Carolina, Marshall, Minnesota, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Tennessee, others
What You Should Know
Of all the players in Northwestern’s class, Vault might be the one whose projection is the toughest to formulate. He’s an athlete in every sense of the word, and his role in Northwestern’s offense in years to come will likely be as multifarious as any Wildcat player.
He was primarily a running back in high school, and that’s how most other college talent evaluators viewed him, but Northwestern's coaches apparently see him as a wide receiver out of the slot. Regardless of where he lines up though, he’s got the type of shiftiness and breakaway speed that can impact games in a variety of ways. He’s also a good candidate for kick return and punt return duties in future years.
Vault's playing time evaluation for next year is still up in the air, but further down the line, he could fill a niche on offense – the speedy slot receiver with big-play ability. That’s a position that can be critical to a college offense, especially Northwestern’s.
“I think we’ll be able to compete with anybody in the Big Ten,” Vault told InsideNU on April 20.