Northwestern's unreal recruiting success continues, as they bring in four-star running back Justin Jackson from Carol Stream (Il.) Glenbard North.
Jackson, a consensus four-star, is ranked as the No. 2 all-purpose back in the nation. He also boasted offers from Big Ten squads in Illinois Iowa, Indiana, Purdue, and Minnesota, as well as national squads in Vanderbilt, Missouri, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Syracuse, Arizona State, and others. The 5'11, 180-pounder also played cornerback in high school.
Coming off a 10-win season and with facilities upgrades on the way, Northwestern has put together indisputably the best recruiting class in school history. He joins a four-star quarterback in Clayton Thorson, a four-star wide receiver in Dareian Watkins, and a three-star running back who chose the Wildcats over Texas in Auston Anderson. That's more than any class in school history, with offers still out. The Wildcats have nine pledges and currently sit at No. 15 in 247's composite rankings, fourth in the Big Ten behind just Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State. It's bound to fall, though: Fitzgerald's class will only have 15 openings.
The recent success of Northwestern's recruiting has some taking note: Land-Grant Holy Land wrote that a dangerous Northwestern could be the new normal, and Sippin' on Purple's brilliant author filled with optimism. Here's some tweets!
That's three four-stars for Northwestern, a QB, RB, ad WR. Best class in school history gets better.— Rodger Sherman (@sippinonpurple) May 14, 2013
Also, using Rivals, there are 9 4-star players from IL in the 2014 class. Two have committed to NU, one to Vandy and one to Tennessee. Neat.— TheChampaignRoom.com (@Champaign_Room) May 14, 2013
It's almost as if winning, solid academics and the consistency of knowing your coach will never leave can be assets on the recruiting trail.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) May 14, 2013
Psst, hey, rest of Big Ten not-named Ohio State and Michigan, the conference's nerd school is whipping your ass on the recruiting trail.— Vico (@ourhonordefend) May 6, 2013