The successful weekend continues for Northwestern. Less than 24 hours after Saturday’s convincing 49-7 win over Bowling Green, the Wildcats landed its first commit of the 2019 recruiting class. Linebacker Bryce Gallagher, the younger brother of freshman Blake Gallagher, committed to Northwestern on Sunday.
Gallagher’s commitment kickstarts the 2019 class, which is underway extremely early. Quarterback Jason Whittaker was Northwestern’s first class of 2018 commit and he made his pledge on Dec. 10. Bryce’s brother Blake became the first commit of the 2017 class on Dec. 14. The Wildcats become the eighth Big Ten school to have a class of 2019 commit and its a terrific start for Pat Fitzgerald and his staff.
A 6-foot-2, 200 pound linebacker from Needham, Mass., Gallagher attends St. Sebastian’s School, where his older brother played as well. Although very early in the recruiting process, he held offers from Army, Boston College, Dartmouth, Duke, and Vanderbilt. Northwestern offered back on June 10.
Gallagher is ranked a three-star prospect by 247 Sports with a composite score of 0.8333. He is the 42nd ranked OLB and No. 2 ranked player in the state of Massachusetts in his class. The older Gallagher was an inside linebacker in high school but has played primarily at the WILL this season. Shoring up a position of need early in with Gallagher is a tremendous way to begin the 2019 class, in September nonetheless.
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