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CROOTIN: 2020 CB Garnett Hollis Jr. commits to Northwestern

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The Wildcats pick up another key defensive back commit.

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Northwestern football’s landmark 2020 recruiting class continues to grow.

Three-star cornerback Garnett Hollis Jr. announced his commitment to Northwestern on Saturday (his birthday!), adding another key element to what’s shaping up to be Pat Fitzgerald’s most highly-touted class and Northwestern’s best of the recruiting rankings era.

Hollis Jr. chose Northwestern over serious interest from Purdue as well as multiple SEC schools. The 6’1”, 185-pound cornerback marks the Wildcats’ third defensive back commitment of the 2020 class, and second in the last ten days after safety Gunner Maldonado announced his commitment to NU just last week. Hollis Jr.’s .8728 ranking makes him the highest-rated defensive commit of the 2020 class.

The Tennessee native took his three official visits within the past month, first heading to Northwestern in mid-May before heading to Purdue, and finally, just four days ago, checking out Nashville and Vanderbilt. He is now the third member of this Wildcat class to commit after that group visit in May.

As it stands, Northwestern boasts a the fifth highest-rated 2020 class in the Big Ten and the 24th best in the nation, according to 247sports. For reference, the Wildcats’ 2019 class ranked 12th in the Big Ten and 52nd overall in the nation.

Here are Hollis’ junior-year highlights (linked for Apple News users):