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Northwestern football recruiting 2016: An early look at next year's class

Northwestern has handed out 29 offers to class of 2016 prospects.

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Signing Day for the class of 2015 has come and gone. But recruiting never sleeps. There is no offseason, and Northwestern and Pat Fitzgerald have already turned some portion of their attention to the Class of 2016.

NU hasn't received any commitments from current high school juniors yet, but with the new recruiting cycle just beginning, Fitzgerald and his staff have been extending plenty of offers. Here's a roundup of those offers. At least a few of these names will eventually become key pieces of Northwestern's class.


Deuce Wallace -- Wallace, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound gunslinger from Tennessee, is listed by some sites as a pro-style quarterback and by others as a dual-threat guy. A three-star prospect, he was offered by Northwestern last week, and according to interviews he did with Rivals and 247 Sports, academics seem to be a reason he'll give Northwestern a serious look. His only other offer at the moment is Middle Tennessee State, but he has been recruited by LSU, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Duke, Arizona State and others.

Anthony Brown -- Brown is a 6-foot-3 dual-threat QB from New Jersey who ESPN actually classifies as an athlete rather than a quarterback. Rivals has him as a two-star prospect, and all of his other offers, aside from one from Syracuse, have come from FCS schools. He told Rivals that Northwestern is near the top of his list.

Josh Jackson -- Jackson is a dual-threat QB from Michigan who was one of three quarterbacks Northwestern offered last week. His only other offer is from Eastern Michigan, and he does not yet have a star rating. He told Rivals, "One of my biggest priorities is to go to a great academic school like [Northwestern]."

Running Backs

Jeremy Larkin -- Larkin is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound three-star all-purpose back from Ohio whose recruitment is still in the early stages. Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois and Kentucky have shown interest, but Northwestern is the only school to offer thus far. Larkin is an offensive weapon in the Solomon Vault mold, and can line up all over the field on offense.

Wide Receivers

Austin Mack -- Mack, a 6-foot-2 possession receiver from Indiana, is a four-star recruit who already holds offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Notre Dame and a host of others. He's rated by most as a top-three player in Indiana, and told Rivals that academics are his top priority during the recruiting process.

Javon McKinley -- Another 6-foot-2 four-star receiver, McKinley is a California native who has been offered by a host of Pac 12 schools, including Oregon, USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington. He also holds an offer from Notre Dame. Northwestern offered in November.

Kofi Boateng -- Boateng is a 6-foot, 170-pound wideout from Texas who Northwestern offered two weeks ago. NU was the first to offer, but since, he has picked up two from Boston College and Texas Tech. A three-star recruit, he is the teammate and classmate of lineman Chris Owens, another Northwestern target.

Tight Ends/Superbacks

Cary Angeline -- A huge (6-foot-7) target from Pennsylvania, Angeline was one of the first players to be offered by Northwestern back in June. NU's is one of nearly 20 offers though, so Fitzgerald and staff will have to compete against the likes of Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, Iowa and Miami (Fla.). Angeline is a three-star or a four-star depending on where you look.

Offensive Tackles

Michal Menet -- A four-star tackle from Pennsylvania, Menet has already announced a top-five, and Northwestern is not included in it despite offering in October. His five-school list is Ohio State, Florida State, Michigan State, Penn State and Duke.

Devery Hamilton -- Hamilton is a three/four-star prospect from Maryland to whom Northwestern offered a scholarship in December. The University of Maryland looks to be Hamilton's early favorite, along with Michigan State. Both have offered, as have Clemson, LSU, Michigan and South Carolina. Hamilton attends the same school (Gilman) as NU Class of 2015 commits Jelani Roberts and Alonzo Mayo.

Will Fries -- A three-star tackle from New Jersey, Fries already holds double-digit offers, including ones from Penn State, Boston College, Rutgers and Syracuse. Fries plays both right offensive tackle and defensive tackle in high school, but at 6-foot-6, would presumably play on the offensive side of the ball in college.

Trent Maynard -- Maynard, a 6-foot-5 lineman from Indiana who might actually project as a guard, was offered by Northwestern during a visit in early October for the Wisconsin game -- a visit which he reportedly enjoyed. Maynard's other three offers are from Illinois, Indiana and Cincinnati. He told Rivals that coaching staff stability is important to him.

Jonah Williams -- Williams, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound California native, is a true two way player. He could project as either an offensive tackle or a defensive end at the college level. He was offered by Northwestern on Jan. 6, but also has offers from Auburn, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Duke, and a host of others.

Offensive Guards

Sam Schlueter -- A 6-foot-6, three-star guard from Minnesota, Schlueter was offered by Pat Fitzgerald during his visit to Evanston for the Michigan game. His only other FBS offer is from Jerry Kill and Minnesota. He has, however, also visited Wisconsin, Michigan State, Nebraska and Iowa.



Defensive Ends

Khalid Kareem -- Kareem is a 6-foot-4, 240-pound, three/four-star end from Michigan, drew early interest from Northwestern, but has since committed to Michigan State.

Levi Onwuzurike -- Onwuzurike, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound pass rusher from Texas, is a bit of an unknown. He doesn't even have a 247 rating or a 247 composite rating yet, but recently picked up both a Stanford and a Baylor offer. He also has offers from Duke and Texas Tech.

Defensive Tackles

Jake Saunders -- A 6-foot-3, 275-pound, three-star tackle from Ohio, Saunders visited Northwestern for the Wisconsin game in early October. He has offers from Illinois and Pittsburgh in addition to his NU offer and has also been garnering interest from Ohio State.

Bo Peek -- Peek is a 6-foot-3, 290-pound, three-star tackle from Florida. When Northwestern offered back in October, they joined a long offers list that now includes Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Stanford and Ole Miss.

Keyshon Camp -- A 6-foot-4, 255-pound, three-star lineman from Florida, Camp might have been the first Class of 2016 player Pat Fitzgerald offered back in February of 2014. However, he recently committed to Miami (FL).

Chris Owens -- Owens, a teammate and close friend of NU wide receiver target Kofi Boateng, has played primarily on the offensive side of the ball in high school, but might project as a defensive tackle in college. He's 6-foot-2, 270-pounds, and is rated as a three-star prospect. NU is his only offer, but he is also being recruited by Arizona State, Oklahoma, Iowa, BYU and Illinois, among others.

Middle Linebackers


Outside Linebackers

Tuf Borland -- Borland is a three/four-star linebacker from Bolingbrook, the same Illinois high school that Northwestern freshman Parrker Westphal attended. He stands at 6-foot-1, 217-pounds and has offers from Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio State. He has visited Northwestern twice in the past year. He is not, as some presume, related to recent Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland, but does have a family connection to the Badgers.

Koby Quansah -- Quansah is a 6-foot-1, 212-pound, three/four-star linebacker from Connecticut who was offered by Northwestern last week. He is touted by some as the top player in the state. He has other offers from UConn, Duke, Maryland, Boston College, Rutgers and Syracuse.

Jeffrey McCulloch -- McCulloch is a three-star prospect from Texas, but has five-star offers. Seriously, name a top football school, and you'll probably find them on McCulloch's offer list. Alabama? Check. Texas, Oklahoma? Check and check. Michigan? Check. Georgia, LSU, Baylor? Check, check, check. Hence, Northwestern is a major longshot.

Jordan Carmouche -- Carmouche is a 6-foot-1, 219-pound three-star linebacker from Texas. He also has offers from Arkansas, Boston College, Duke and Missouri, among others.


Treyjohn Butler -- Butler, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound, four-star defensive back from California, is a top-15 cornerback in the country according to most recruit rankings. He is being recruited by secondary coach Jerry Brown. Butler has offers from Arizona State, Cal, Washington and Washington State, but is also being recruited by Michigan, Notre Dame, USC, UCLA and Stanford.

Patrice Rene -- Rene, a bigger corner (6-foot-1) from Virginia, is a four-star who got his offer from Northwestern last week. Rene is a native of Canada, and his offer list is stacked: Ohio State, Penn State, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and others, with Michigan and Michigan State also showing interest.

Roderick Campbell -- Campbell, a 6-foot, three-star corner from Missouri, got his NU offer earlier in December. His other offers are from Duke, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana. Notre Dame and Missouri are also reportedly showing interest.

Chanse Sylvie -- Sylvie, a defensive back who could become either a corner or safety, is a 5-foot-11, three-star prospect from Louisiana. His early favorite appears to be Mississippi State.


Andrew Pryts -- A 6-foot-3, 205-pound, three-star safety from Pennsylvania, Pryts has offers from Penn State, Virginia and West Virginia. He has also visited Michigan State twice.

Taylor Rapp -- Rapp, 6-foot, 195-pound three/four-star safety from Washington, is garnering interest from throughout the Pac 12. Just this past weekend, he went on an unofficial visit to Oregon. Joining the Ducks and NU on his offer list are Arizona State, Washington and Boise State, among others.

The majority of the information in this article was gathered from 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals.