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DBs and recruits' position assignments

Posted: 11/16/2012 1:46 PM

DBs and recruits' position assignments 

I recognize that the coaches cannot talk about recruits for another couple of months, but I am wondering what the word is on the likely positions for currently committed student-athletes. The recruiting of McShepard and Hytchye raises this issue. My understanding is that Igwebuike, Quiero, and Watkins were recruited as DBs; Long and Mennifield were recruited as RBs; and Wilson and Harris are projected as WRs. Is that correct? We can seemingly never have too many DBs and I would love to have five in this class. However, I am hoping that our interest in DBs at this stage is not an indication that one or more of the guys I already thought was set at DB may be slotted elsewhere. While we are on the topic, is Taylor a possibility at DE or strictly a superback?

Last edited 11/16/2012 1:47 PM by AgingBooster

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Posted: 11/16/2012 1:57 PM

Re: DBs and recruits' position assignments 

Nope.  Commits listed per position below with remaining prospects in parentheses.

RB: Igwebuike, Long, Menifield
WR: Wilson (Clark)
DB: Harris, Queiro, Watkins (Hytchye, McShepard)

Taylor is and always has been recruited to NU as a Superback.  Davison looks like he will be the DE in the class.
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Posted: 11/16/2012 4:54 PM

Re: DBs and recruits' position assignments 

gcg, I thought I read an article or two on Igwebuike that he was being recruited primarily for DB. I could be wrong.
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Posted: 11/16/2012 5:07 PM

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He was recruited for both, but I'm basing the RB assessment off of the ridiculous film he has put up his senior year and more recent rumblings.
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Posted: 11/16/2012 10:33 PM

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I am almost certain they told Igwebuike he was being recruited as a DB. It doesn't mean anything until the end of recruiting season as spots and positions get a little clearer. Let him play where he wants like they did with I. Campbell. 

If I remember correctly, Campbell was first offered as a RB. Turns out the coaches ended up liking him on both sides of the ball. A few guys will play on the opposite side of the ball they were recruited for.

Harris hurt his knee in his last playoff game and he was another type that could play on either side of the ball. I never heard how severe the injury ended up being.

Last edited 11/16/2012 10:35 PM by mikero2

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Posted: 11/17/2012 9:32 AM

Re: DBs and recruits' position assignments 

Campbell's situation is a bit different because he was initially offered as a RB and it was Campbell that told the coaches he wanted to be a DB.  Igwebuike was initially recruited as a running back, but told by the coaches that he could end up at either spot:

“When they offered me, they told me offense or defense they just want me on the team,” Igwebuike said. “Having the option to play on both sides of the ball was a big factor for me."

Either way, I'm with you in saying that it doesn't really matter what the position is when Igwebuike enters the program and goes through a (likely) redshirt year.  The coaches will use that year to determine where he fits best.

Harris, on the other hand, was recruited as a cornerback throughout the process:

"Northwestern recruited me as a cornerback prospect and I'm totally fine playing defense."
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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:03 PM

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We have a lot of depth now in DBs compared to past.  I would not want 5 DBs in this class but rather another D line person and perhaps another linebacker.
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Posted: 11/18/2012 4:51 PM

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I hear you, but also think we have solid depth at both of those positions.  Having a number of quality DBs on the roster not only encourages compeition at the position, but has a TREMENDOUS effect on special teams since we have more guys with speed who are used to tackling in open space.

We have the following players with at least two years of eligibility remaining at the following positions you mentioned:

LB -- Ellis, Ariguzo, Smith, Wilson, Jaylen Prater, Joseph Jones, Walsh, Walker
DT -- McEvilly, Carter, Robbins, Mahoney, Kuhar, Joraskie
DE -- Chapman, Lowry, Gibson, Odenigbo, Davison

That's a bunch of good, young talent.
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