Northwestern finishes national signing day early and without surprise

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Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald celebrates with fans after their 30-28 win over Nebraska in an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Northwestern won 30-28. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

While most of the National Signing Day attention is focused on the top recruits and the biggest programs in the country, Northwestern quietly went about their business Wednesday morning.

The Wildcats started and finished before most people in Chicago were even at work. All told, Northwestern received 19 national letters of intent from all over the country. Pat Fitzgerald had his class in place by 7:36 a.m.


Every year this is an exciting day for the future of our football family, but more importantly a transformational day for these young men and their families, said Fitzgerald. Each will contribute to our pursuit of a Big Ten championship on the field, and earn the best education in college football. Our staff has had the opportunity to get to know each recruit extensively over the last several years, and we look forward to welcoming them to Evanston this summer.

As each recruit became official, Fitzgerald informed fans on Twitter with an individual video for each player.

Of the 22 players joining the Wildcats, including two walk-ons and an early enrollee, exactly half are offensive players with nine on defense and two more specialists.

Unlike most schools who need to focus on getting the best recruits from their state, Northwestern branched across the country. Most notably, they pulled in eight from Ohio and four from Texas, both considered hot-beds of football talent.

Northwestern is coming off of their first 10-win season since 2012. They finished second in the Big 10 West, but lost 21 seniors.

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