In Northwestern offensive coordinator Mick McCall's office, there's a dry-erase board on the wall that he uses to track the Wildcats' potential quarterback recruits.
When I visited with McCall in late May, Baton Rouge's Zack Oliver was the top name on his board. On Monday night, per WildcatReport.com, Northwestern hit on its No. 1 target as Oliver committed to the Wildcats.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Oliver will be a three-year starter at Baton Rouge Catholic High School, which has sent more than its share of players on to fame and fortune. Bears left tackle Chris Williams, long-time RB great Warrick Dunn and former Texas QB Major Applewhite all are Catholic alums. The school's web site lists 15 players who've appeared on NFL fields.
Oliver, regarded as a three-star recruit, threw for 32 touchdowns and more than 2,500 yards as a junior. He's on track to break all of Catholic's records.
Oliver's commitment gives Northwestern seven recruits in the Class of 2011. The Wildcats have just 10 seniors on scholarship for the upcoming season, so they're well on the way toward filling their class.
Here's how NU's QB situation looks as of today:
Starter: Redshirt junior Dan Persa.
Backup: Redshirt freshman Evan Watkins from Glenbard North.
Incoming freshmen: Trevor Siemian and Kain Colter.
Oral commits: Zack Oliver.
With so many young players on this list, I'm guessing this means NU won't recruit another QB in this class.