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Northwestern, Alex PancoeAn exciting season approaches for the Wildcats. With rumors swirling, excitement rising, and more and more recruits pledging their allegiance to Northwestern, this year’s recruiting class is looking top notch, to say the least. In fact, Pat Fitzgerald has managed to put together the number 12 class (number four as far as the Big Ten goes).

Georgia safety J.R. Pace is partly to thank for that, now the number 13th commitment. Actually, if you get the chance, you should check out his commitment video (I don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s wild). Yet, Pace is just the beginning. There are numerous stellar recruiting prospects who have the potential to make a serious splash this coming fall. Let’s take a closer look:

Jack Sears

A three-star recruit hailing from San Clemente, California, Sears is a notable and athletic quarterback with a ton of potential. 247 Sports actually has listed as having a .875 247 composite. Not to mention, he has secured offers from none other than Arizona State, Arizona, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, and Utah. If Pat is able to work some magic and gets Sears to commit, the Wildcats will be heading into the 2016 season with fantastic prospects.

Kyrie McGowan

While Northwestern certainly already has a variety of superb running backs, they could absolutely make good use of McGowan, especially considering we already tried and failed to land Lamont Atkins. Regardless, McGowan is miraculously fyling under the radar on most recruiting sites despite Northwestern having handed him his 16th offer to date. From Dalton, Georgia, he has made a name for himself as a powerful but agile back capable of taking over the game. He has even received offers from Duke, Minnesota, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt. If anything’s sure, it’s that Fitzgerald will be looking to secure a commitment from McGowan as soon as possible.

Grant Ryerse

Although in recent years Northwestern has refrained from putting offers out to kickers, Grant is simply too good to be ignored. From Minnesota, he is currently ranked the number 3 kicker in the country and has a lot to offer on the field. He does, however, also hold an offer from Minnesota (close to home) so it will remain to be seen where he goes and what he does. Additionally, programs the likes of Alabama and Stanford have also been displaying interest in him. Only time will tell if he decides to take up the Wildcat mantle.

As we continue to attain solid, integral, strategic recruits, our upcoming football season looks better and better. It looks like Pat knows what he’s doing, and I just can’t wait till it all comes together where it matters, on the field.