If nothing else,
The school locked in its 19th and final member of the '13 class at 9:42 a.m., when Californian Brett Walsh faxed in his letter of intent.
Offensive lineman Sam Coverdale was NU's first player to sign, sending in his fax at 6:11 a.m. The folks at NUSports.com, who produced a live blog, noted that Coverdale is a certified SCUBA diver. Perhaps the largest one in Ohio, given that Rivals.com lists Coverdale is 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds.
Two more well-regarded Ohioans, cornerback Marcus McShepard and running back/defensive back Godwin Igwebuike, signed shortly after Coverdale.
NU coach Pat Fitzgerald, who will discuss the class with the media at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ditka's Restaurant, has drawn high marks for this class.
Rivals.com ranks the class 50th nationally and eighth in the Big Ten. That's an all-time high for a Fitzgerald class, beating out 53rd nationally in 2007 and ninth in the league several times.
“It’s a typical Northwestern class with Fitz-type athletes,” said Tom Lemming, the
Asked if there is a common thread to NU's new players, Lemming replied: "They're all smart, overachiever-types with better athletic ability than people give them credit for."
Here is the list of players:
Matt Alviti QB 6-0 185
Sam Coverdale OT 6-6 265 Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Kenston
Tom Fuessel WR 6-4 185
Matthew Harris CB 5-11 180
Godwin Igwebuike RB 6-0 190 Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North
Eric Joraskie DT 6-4 260 Mount Carmel, Pa./Mount Carmel
Blake King OL 6-3 250
Tyler Lancaster DT 6-3 275
Warren Long RB 6-0 180
Marcus McShepard CB 5-11 185
Xavier Menifield RB 5-10 190 Valencia, Calif./Sierra Canyon
Hunter Niswander K/P 6-5 210 Peninsula, Ohio/Woodridge
Brad North OL 6-2 280 Allen, Texas/Allen
Kyle Queiro SAF 6-3 190 Verona, N.J./Bergen Catholic
Jayme Taylor SB 6-4 225 The Woodlands, Texas
Anthony Walker LB 6-1 200
Brett Walsh LB 6-1 205 Monrovia, Calif./Monrovia
Keith Watkins II CB 5-11 170 Cincinnati, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller
Macan Wilson WR 6-0 185 Houston, Texas/Kinkaid