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Michael Jansey Jr. and Rod Heard to enroll early

The linebacker and cornerback will each join the Wildcats during the winter quarter.

NCAA Football: Northwestern at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

For the fifth time, and the fourth year in a row, Northwestern will have incoming freshmen enroll early. In their announcement of the official 2019 class, the Wildcats indicated that two incoming freshmen, Michael Jansey Jr. and Rod Heard will join the team for winter quarter.

Standout running back Isaiah Bowser and promising cornerback Greg Newsome II highlighted last year’s class of early enrollees, each contributing heavily to the success of this year’s team.

Jansey, a highly-rated linebacker from Batavia, Illinois and Heard, a speedy cornerback from Farmington, Michigan will look to follow their lead. Before Bowser and Newsome, 2017 brought contributing super back Trey Pugh and stud defensive lineman Samdup Miller into the program before their freshman year officially began.

Northwestern has been a bit late to the early enrollment wave, but with initial concerns about the academic structure of the process mostly squared away, nine players have now joined the team in Evanston after graduating early over the past three years. Bowser and Newsome joined Khalid Jones, Jeremiah McDonald, and Andrew Leota to begin classes in January last year.

Though this year’s early class is smaller, Jansey and Heard are both potential impact players and big pieces of Fitzgerald’s highest-rated class ever. With a couple of extra months training alongside the team, they could easily be ready to contribute next fall.