Aidan Smith, a three-star pro-style quarterback from Fort Wayne, Ind., has committed to Northwestern after receiving an offer Sunday night, he Tweeted on Monday.
Ecstatic to officially announce that I will be continuing my academic and football Career at Northwestern! #B1GCats pic.twitter.com/yW9oAvrxIm— Aidan Smith (@Aidan_Smith10) June 8, 2015
Smith's other offers were from Boston College (though BC already got its QB in NU target Anthony Brown) and a plethora of non-Power Five schools -- Buffalo, Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Ohio and Toledo.
Here are Smith's junior year highlights, via Hudl:
Initially, Northwestern's top three targets at QB had been Brown, Deuce Wallace and Josh Jackson. Wallace committed to Northwestern, but then de-committed and flipped to Vanderbilt a little over a month later. Brown then committed to Boston College.
Jackson is set to pick between NU and Virginia Tech on Thursday, and presumably the Wildcats are still in play. Jackson is a dual-threat QB, while Smith is more of a pocket passer, so it's not out of the question that NU would take both. However, on the other hand, Pat Fitzgerald's decision to offer Smith could be a sign that he and his staff expect Jackson to opt for Virginia Tech.
Smith's commitment also came within just minutes of defensive tackle Alex Miller's.