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Class of 2018 quarterback Jason Whittaker commits to Northwestern

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He’s the first commit of the class.

#NUView18 is underway. Northwestern’s 2018 recruiting class got off to a fast start as quarterback Jason Whittaker of Rockford, Michigan, committed on Saturday.

Whittaker, a three-star pro-style quarterback per 247 Sports, committed just two weeks after receiving an offer. He’s the 18th best pro-style quarterback in the nation and the ninth-best player from the state of Michigan overall. He visited Northwestern this weekend.

Pat Fitzgerald has traditionally taken one quarterback in each recruiting class, and he locked up Whittaker early. The junior has offers from Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Iowa State, Western Michigan, and Wisconsin, and has taken visits to Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State. The Wildcats had offers out to four other quarterbacks, but it appears that Fitz was happy to get the guy he wanted.

Whittaker’s junior season highlights show a mobile quarterback with a strong, accurate arm. He also plays in a spread system currently, which certainly helps. He’ll have a chance to compete with current freshman Aidan Smith and Class of 2017 quarterback Andrew Marty to succeed redshirt sophomore Clayton Thorson.