Just days before the teams meet for only the second time in 23 years, Northwestern has landed a recruit that had an offer from Notre Dame. Genson Hooper-Price becomes the second-highest rated player, behind fellow receiver Bryce Kirtz, in Northwestern’s now-16 man class of 2019 after committing via Twitter early Tuesday afternoon.
Hooper-Price, a high three star who currently holds a .8793 composite rating, had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, and Baylor in addition to the Wildcats and Fighting Irish. He took his official visit to Evanston in June before heading up to South Bend last month.
The Houson, Texas native is listed at 6-foot-4, 196 pounds, which would leave him tied as the tallest Northwestern receiver since the graduation of Kyle Prater. According to 247, he also runs a 4.51 40, with a 38-inch vertical. Hooper-Price’s athleticism certainly jumps out on his highlights (link for those reading on Apple News):
Northwestern now has three wideouts in a 2019 class that still remains largely defense-heavy. With no listed running backs or quarterbacks committed yet (though Hunter Johnson becomes eligible next season), Pat Fitzgerald and his staff still have a ways to go before closing out this class. But they’re certainly off to a good start- Kirtz and Hooper-Price are the best two receivers by composite rating that Northwestern has had in the same class since 247 began rating players in 2000.