NU Signs Its 2010 Recruiting Class

by GoUPurple

Northwestern last Wednesday announced its recruiting class for 2010, consisting of 17 incoming students.  The class is balanced between defense (eight players) and offense (nine), with four wide receivers.

Only one recruit in the class is from Illinois (last year NU had five recruits from in-state).  NU continues to focus on Ohio and Florida this year, with three recruits each.

Among the recruiting standouts is Brandon Vitabile, a center from New Jersey.  Rivals has ranked him the sixth best center in the current national class.  Quarterback Trevor Siemian has also been ranked highly by Rivals.  However, both received three stars from Rivals.

Neither Rivals nor Scout has scored any of NU's class with four stars.  As of February 7 Rivals ranks NU's class 77th, plunging from 70th two weeks ago.  This is perplexing, since NU's average star rating increased to 2.94, which is as good as, or better than, the 28 schools ranked directly above NU, and better than quite a few ranked even higher than that.  Of course, Rivals and Scout also consider class "fit" into their rankings, which apparently means how well the fan base of the schools "fit" into their subscription revenue streams.

Scout puts the class at 57th (the "Heinz Line," with which HTP readers should be very familiar), up from 61st two weeks ago.  ESPN, which used to compile its own recruiting info, now relies heavily on Scout (though ESPN's individual star ratings do differ from Scout's) and does not rank NU.  The Rivals ranking is down from last year, while the Scout ranking is up from where they put last year's class.

The following table shows the list of recruits announced on  The comments are compiled from material taken from,, and ESPN

Please note that does not closely follow recruiting efforts, nor do I have any interest in the recruiting process, crucial though it is-- for more detailed info and analysis, be sure to check out Lou V.'s work at Rivals and's efforts on PurpleReign.

Congratulations and good luck to this promising group of soon-to-be Wildcats!    

LB Chi Chi Arizuzo
Columbus, OH
Rivals and Scout 3-Star. Illinois, Indy, Kansas, Minny, WVA, Wisc. offered.
DB C.J. Bryant Gahanna, OH
 Rivals 3-Star. Indy offered.
DB/RB Ibraheim
Philadelphia, PA
Rivals, ESPN and Scout 3-Star. BC, MSU, Stanford, Temple, Vandy offered.
DE Chance Carter Evanston, IL
Rivals, ESPN and Scout 3-Star. Nebraska offered.
ATH/QB Kain Colter Englewood, CO
Rivals, ESPN and Scout 3-Star.  Scout QB rank: 49th.  Air Force, Akron, Ariz. St., Colorado, Stanford, Wyoming offered.
LB/S Collin Ellis Baton Rouge, LA
Rivals and ESPN 3-Star.
WR Jimmy Hall Sylvania, OH
Rivals and ESPN 3-Star. BGSU, Colorado, UConn, Kansas, 'Cuse, Toledo, WVA offered.
DT Will Hampton
Cypress, TX
Rivals, ESPN and Scout 3-Star. Baylor, Duke, Missouri, Nebraska, Stanford, Tex. Tech, Wake offered.
CB Daniel Jones Tallahassee, FL
FIU offered.
WR Tony Jones
Grand Blanc, MI
Rivals, ESPN and Scout 3-Star. Illinois, Indy, MSU, Stanford, Vandy, Wake offered.
OL Paul Jorgensen Dewitt, MI
Rivals, ESPN and Scout 3-Star. CMU, Cincy, MSU, Stanford, Toledo offered.
WR Rashad Lawrence
Orlando, FL
Rivals and Scout 3-Star.
WR/ATH Venric Mark
Houston, TX
Rivals 3-Star. 'Zona, ASU, Colorado, Houston, LA-Laf., Miami (O), N. Tex., Rice, SMU, Vandy offered.
DL Sean McEvilly Orange, CA
Rivals and ESPN 3-Star.
QB Trevor Siemian Orlando, FL
Rivals and ESPN 3-Star. Rivals QB rank: 36th.  Duke, ECU, Rutgers, 'Cuse offered.
Adonis Smith
Oakland, CA
Rivals and Scout 3-Star.  Army, Idaho, SD State, Utah, Wash. St. offered
OL Brandon Vitabile Edison, NJ
Rivals and Scout 3-Star. Rivals C rank: 6th. Scout C rank: 16th.  MSU, 'Cuse, Vandy offered.