Three-star offensive lineman Josh Priebe announced today his commitment to Northwestern, joining Terah Edwards and Ben Wrather as the third 2020 recruit for new offensive line coach Kurt Anderson. The Edwardsburg, Michigan, native is the ninth member of the Wildcats’ 2020 class, which ranks 4th in the Big Ten and 16th in the nation.
Priebe’s decision is huge for Anderson and Pat Fitzgerald, as he had offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Auburn, among others. More than half of the Big Ten offered Priebe as did several ACC, SEC and Big 12 programs. The three-star recruit has a composite rating of 0.8628 from 247sports and is the 53rd-rated lineman in the country.
Priebe is listed at 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds and joins the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Wrather and 6-foot-4, 300-pound Edwards to form what Anderson is calling the Trench Cats. Northwestern has seen its fair share of slightly smaller, mobile offensive linemen, but Anderson has made it a point to recruit the hogs. It’s safe to say he’s happy with the fruits of his recruiting labor thus far.
Trench Cats just got a new brother and it’s got feeling like! pic.twitter.com/nFPiyBSXMw— Kurt Anderson (@OLINEPRIDE) May 1, 2019
The recruiting trend for Anderson in his brief stint in Evanston has been impressive. He got Edwards (who, it has been reported, may move to the defensive side of the ball) to choose the Wildcats over Penn State, Michigan State and Michigan, while Wrather chose NU over Penn State, Purdue and Kentucky, among others. Hunter Johnson will have big bodies up front protecting him, and Isaiah Bowser will have large men paving the way for him.
Priebe marks only the fifth offensive lineman that the ‘Cats have recruited this decade with a composite rating above .8600, checking in at .8628.
His highlights can be found below: