Northwestern finalizes 17-man class

Northwestern has signed a 17-man recruiting class that is almost evenly split between offense (9) and defense (8). Pat Fitzgerald and his staff went heavy on wide receivers with four, and also picked up three defensive linemen and three defensive backs. The Wildcats also signed two quarterbacks, which is important after missing out on Andrew Luck last year.

A few facts about NU's class from the school's release.

  • The breakdown on NU's signees, by position: wide receivers (4), defensive line (3), defensive backs (3), linebackers (2), offensive line (2), quarterback (2) and running back (1).

  • The combined record of this year's class (from their senior season) is 131-62 (68 percent).

  • A pair of players from the same team, Trevor Siemian and Rashad Lawrence, both committed to Northwestern following a successful prep career at Olympia High School in Orlando.

  • Facebook played a role in the recruitment of 16 of the 17 signees.