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Big non-conference win

Big non-conference win

In its recruitment of three-star defensive lineman Will Hampton, Northwestern was up against some usual recruiting-trail foes – Notre Dame and Stanford among them. But with yesterday's commitment to Northwestern, Hampton showed that NU can go into Big 12 Country and nab a recruit who had his share of traditional and up-and-coming Big 12 options.

With his decision yesterday to commit to Northwestern, defensive tackle Will Hampton marked a lot of firsts for Northwestern's 2010 recruiting class. The first defensive lineman. The first Texan. The first future Secret Service agent – we'll get to that in a minute. But with Hampton's commitment, Northwestern witnessed yet another 2010 first: The first time that the Wildcats had gone toe-to-toe...

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