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2019 defensive lineman Jason Gold Jr. commits to Northwestern

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The three-star Texan could slot in at defensive end or defensive tackle.

The Wildcats went back to Texas to snag their ninth commitment of the 2019 class, as three-star defensive lineman Jason Gold Jr. announced his pledge to Northwestern on Saturday afternoon.

The League City, Tex. native had a host of regional Power Five offers, including TCU, Oklahoma State, and Missouri. Gold visited TCU a couple weeks ago, and 247Sports.com had him predicted to commit to the Horned Frogs. Nonetheless, Gold Jr. picked up a Northwestern offer on April 23 and made it official yesterday.

Gold Jr. is listed as a strong-side defensive end, but he also plays a lot of defensive tackle in high school. At 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, Gold Jr. could easily pack on some more weight once he arrives in Evanston and slot in at defensive tackle. His tape shows an ability to dominate offensive lineman at the line of scrimmage, often pushing them backwards into the backfield to disrupt the play.

Gold Jr. is the fifth 2019 commit on the defensive side of the ball, and the second defensive lineman along with Adetomiwa Adebawore. Even after quarterback Cale Millen’s decommitment, the Wildcat recruiting class currently ranked 29th in the country, according to 247Sports.com.