The Northwestern Wildcats are, quite simply, on a tear in the 2014 recruiting class, and Pat Fitzgerald looks poised to take Northwestern to new heights in the near future. Yesterday, the Wildcats picked up their 11th commitment in the 2014 class in three-star Lawrence, Kansas defensive tackle Fred Wyatt, and they beat out Clint Bowen and the Kansas Jayhawks on their own turf.
Northwestern has been doing so well on the recruiting front these days that they have one of the top 15 classes in the nation, and 247Sports rates Northwestern’s 2014 hull thus far as the third-best in the Big Ten. Justin Jackson and Dareian Watkins are the two big names on the list, and they are pulverizing the Illinois Fighting Illini in the state.
The Oregon Ducks don’t usually offer this early, but when they do, they offer the great ones. Joe Mixon definitely fits the bill as one of the great ones, as the Oakley, California running back is our 95th-ranked prospect in the country. Mixon is expected to commit to the in-state USC Trojans, and that’s certainly a wise prediction to make. However, Oregon is in a very good position to land one of the top five recruits in the state of California, while the rival Washington Huskies are also heavily involved. Also in the mix are the California Golden Bears, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and Oklahoma Sooners.
So yeah, Mixon is pretty much elite.
The Washington State Cougars picked up a nice commit at the wide receiver position yesterday in Zaire Andre, who is one of the top 80 wide receivers and one of the top 600 recruits overall in the 247Composite. Andre picked Washington State over a big offer from the Big Ten’s Nebraska Cornhuskers. Andre has the makings of an excellent possession receiver with his route-running ability and hands, and he’s a very good fit for Mike Leach’s offense in Pullman.
Wazzu now has four commits for one of the top five recruiting classes in the conference, and it’s hard not to love the fit with Andre in Washington State’s Air Raid offense; good pull for Leach.
The South Carolina Gamecocks have been the only school to offer offensive guard Malik Young thus far, and they locked up a commitment from Young without too much trouble. The three-star in-state prospect was an almost-guaranteed pick for South Carolina, and Young made the call yesterday during an unofficial visit that came exactly a week after Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks offered the top 75 OG.