National Signing Day for the Class of 2021 has passed, which means we’re into the 2022 cycle. Northwestern landed its first commit in next year’s group in four-star wide receiver Reggie Fleurima on Wednesday.
Fleurima is a very good pickup for wide receivers coach Dennis Springer and offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian. With a 247Sports composite rating of 0.9162, the Naperville Central product is the fourth-ranked player in the state of Illinois and 32nd-ranked wideout in his class.
He pulled in offers from seven other Big Ten schools, including West Division competitors Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue.
Per Louie Vaccher of WildcatReport, Fleurima works out and is friends with current NU defensive back Cam Mitchell and former Wildcat (and likely first-round NFL draft pick) Greg Newsome, which helped to make a connection with the program. First-year offensive lineman Peter Skoronski gave Fleurima a tour of campus last weekend.
At 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Fleurima will add some needed size and speed (he runs a 4.5 40-yard dash) to a position room that historically has struggled with explosiveness. His sophomore year highlights can be viewed here.
Recently, though, the offensive staff brought in Kansas transfer Stephon Robinson, and garnered key commitments in the class of 2021 from Jordan Mosley and Calvin Johnson II. Fleurima also told WildcatReport he wants to be part of the effort to lure other recruits to Evanston, which is one of the reasons he committed at this early point.
With Bryce Kirtz, Malik Washington and Wayne Dennis Jr. already in the fold at receiver, plus sought-after transfer quarterback Ryan Hilinski now in Evanston, the offense has the chance to be exciting in the coming years.