Recruiting Outlook: Wide Receivers

Could Equanimeous St. Brown pull an upset?

Checking out some of Northwestern's top 2015 wide receiver targets.

This position needs some work. The Wildcats graduate Tony Jones, Christian Jones and Kyle Prater next offseason. Worse, there seem to be too few realistic targets at the moment. (As in, they aren't "leading" or close for most of the below players. That should change quickly.)

Still, there's no reason to worry. Northwestern can be flexible in its approach to wide receivers, with Miles Shuler and Cameron Dickerson providing some depth for the next two seasons.

TARGETS

A.J. Alexander of Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock HS

Alexander appears to be the frontrunner. The NU wide receiver position could be desirable; he could have an opportunity to contribute very early in his career.

Cameron Green of Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson HS

This is one they'd like. Green's recruitment picked up even more in recent weeks, with several visits planned. It will take a strong effort—and they're prepared for it.

Equanimeous St. Brown of Anaheim (Calif.) Servite HS

In March, the top-tier wideout placed NU in his top five. The strong academic reputation could separate the Wildcats, but they're up against Stanford, Tennessee, USC and Notre Dame.

Isaac James of Carmel HS (Ind.)

James is one of the fastest rising receiver prospects in the Midwest. He's picking up increased interest from major conference schools—and should grab offers sooner rather than later.

Mehdi El Attrach of Orlando (Fla.) Lake Nona HS

Northwestern loves recruiting outside of its region. While El Attrach has picked up offers from predominantly southern schools, expect NU to make a strong push in the next few weeks.

D.J. Moore of Philadelphia Imhotep HS

Moore impressed analysts at the New York/New Jersey Nike Camp. He reported an offer from Northwestern, and told Mike McAllister of Scout.com that he plans to visit the schools that recently offered him.

Freddie Simmons of Bethlehem (Pa.)

The three-star wide receiver rolled up solid offers, and Northwestern could extend its focus to him. The Wildcats will be intense in recruiting wide receivers—maybe more so than any other position—and might take that mentality to Pennsylvania.

Isaiah Renfro of Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon HS

"I'm not in a rush," Renfro told Chad Simmons of Scout.com in March. That's a good thing. The four-star California wideout entered the NU picture, and shouldn't leave anytime soon.

Khalil Lewis of Miramar HS (Fla.)

Lewis said Northwestern is among the schools "coming at him" the hardest. That's interesting, considering he still calls himself "committed" to West Virginia. It's no NU commit; he seems open to other schools recruiting him.

OTHER: Expect two wide receivers for the class. They need them … Oak Park quarterback Lloyd Yates could be offered as a wide receiver depending on how his workouts go … We're skipping running back coverage, as the Wildcats signed five combined RBs for their 2014 and 2015 classes.

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