After a successful year on the gridiron this past season, the Northwestern Wildcats are off to an equally hot start on the recruiting trail. With the class of 2018 in the books, Pat Fitzgerald and crew can focus squarely on 2019. Currently, the Wildcats have received the second-most commitments of Big Ten schools. Northwestern sits at eight commits and Wisconsin is at nine.
2018 recruiting class
After finishing dead last in the Big Ten recruiting rankings for 2018, the Wildcats are looking to turn a new page. In 2018, Northwestern signed one four-star and 17 three-stars for an average rating of 85.43.
Transition to 2019
So far, Fitzgerald has received commitments from eight players; all three-star prospects according to 247Sports. Right now, this is good for the fifth-best class in the Big Ten behind Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State. The most recent commit for the ‘Cats came on Tuesday, April 18 in defensive end Adetomiwa Adebawore. Adebawore comes from Kansas City, Mo. and stands at 6-3, 235 pounds. Northwestern’s top rated commit in the class is currently 6-4 tight end Thomas Gordon. Gordon is the No. 20 tight end in the nation and has an offer from fellow Big Ten school Maryland.
The future of Northwestern
Northwestern is a perennially solid team in the Big Ten West. Last year’s last place recruiting class will be interesting to watch as Pat Fitzgerald looks to build on 2017’s 10-3 season. If the Wildcats can score a big class for 2019, Fitzgerald is the coach that could potentially push Northwestern into the Big Ten Championship.