Courtesy of Northwestern Athletics
EVANSTON, Ill. â€” Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald and the Northwestern University football program announced
today the signing of 17 recruits to National Letters of Intent.
This yearâ€™s class is once again balanced, with nine signees on offense and eight on defense. Northwesternâ€™s
17 commits hail from 10 states. The Wildcats signed three players apiece from Ohio and Florida, and also landed
a pair of players each from California, Michigan and Texas. Northwestern signed one player each from Colorado,
Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
â€œIâ€™m excited about this class because they are a tremendous fit for our football program, not just athletically,
but academically and socially,â€ said Fitzgerald. â€œFrom a depth standpoint, thereâ€™s good balance in the class.
We were able to go into several talent-rich football states and attract some quality student-athletes to our program.
I believe that some of these young men are going to have a chance to be competitive right away.â€
Northwestern graduated 21 student-athletes from its 2009 bowl squad, 12 of them offensive players and
the other nine on defense. Despite the 21 departures, the Wildcats still have a significant amount of experience
returning next fall, with 16 starters expected back.
â€œMost importantly, I want to thank our coaching staff and players, who deserve a great deal of credit for
attracting our recruiting class this year,â€ said Fitzgerald. â€œOur student-athletes represent our University so well
and they really do a great job of educating these young men on what it means and takes to be a Wildcat. Our
coaching staff, led by recruiting coordinator Adam Cushing, did another fantastic job. I also want to thank our
talented staff who assisted with the recruitment process: Sharrod Everett, David Reitz, Cody Cejda and Nolan
Signing Day Notes:
â€¢ The breakdown on NUâ€™s signees, by position: wide receivers (4), defensive line (3), defensive backs (3), linebackers (2),
offensive line (2), quarterback (2) and running back (1).
â€¢ Northwestern signed another Illinois player, which gives the Wildcats 26 players presently from the Land of Lincoln,
which leads NUâ€™s long list of states represented on the Wildcat roster. Northwestern also added three more student-athletes
from Ohio, giving the Wildcats a total of 14 players from Ohio, which ranks second behind Illinois.
â€¢ A pair of players from the same team, Trevor Siemian and Rashad Lawrence, both committed to Northwestern following
a successful prep career at Olympia High School in Orlando.
â€¢ Academically, the class sports a combined GPA of 3.5.
â€¢ The combined record of this yearâ€™s class (from their senior season) is 131-62 (68 percent).
â€¢ There are 13 team captains in this class.
â€¢ Northwestern received oral commitments from 12 of its 17 signees either before or during their senior year.
â€¢ Facebook played a role in the recruitment of 16 of the 17 signees.
Northwesternâ€™s 2010 Recruiting Class
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown High School
Chi Chi Ariguzo LB 6-3 215 Gahanna, Ohio St. Francis DeSales
C.J. Bryant DB 5-11 170 Gahanna, Ohio Gahanna Lincoln
Ibraheim Campbell DB 5-11 185 Philadelphia, Pa. Chestnut Hill Academy
Chance Carter DL 6-3 240 Evanston, Ill. Loyola Academy
Kain Colter QB 6-0 175 Denver, Colo. Cherry Creek
Collin Ellis LB 6-2 205 St. Gabriel, La. The Dunham School
Jimmy Hall WR 6-2 190 Toledo, Ohio Sylvania Southview
Will Hampton DL 6-3 270 Houston, Texas Cy-Creek
Daniel Jones DB 5-10 170 Monticello, Fla. Florida
Tony Jones WR 6-1 175 Flint, Mich. Grand Blanc
Paul Jorgensen OL 6-6 280 DeWitt, Mich. DeWitt
Rashad Lawrence WR 6-2 195 Orlando, Fla. Olympia
Venric Mark WR 5-8 170 Tomball, Texas St. Pius X
Sean McEvilly DL 6-5 270 Yorba Linda, Calif. Orange Lutheran
Trevor Siemian QB 6-3 185 Windermere, Fla. Olympia
Adonis Smith RB 5-11 185 Oakland, Calif. Junipero Serra
Brandon Vitabile OL 6-3 295 Edison, N.J. Bishop Ahr