How do you renew fan interest after an abysmal 3-9 season on the field? One way is to get to work improving the roster on the recruiting trail.

That’s the route that Pat Fitzgerald and his staff at Northwestern have taken this offseason. Despite a bad year on the field, Fitzgerald and the Wildcats are currently killing it in their work for the 2023 recruiting class.

On Saturday, Northwestern picked up a commitment from defensive lineman Ashton Porter out of Cypress, Texas. Listed at 6-foot-2.5 and 255 lbs., Porter becomes the highest-ranked commitment in Northwestern’s 2023 recruiting class.

According to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, Porter is a 4-star prospect and the No. 292 player in the country regardless of position. He is also rated the No. 42 DL nationally for the class of 2023.

With Porter’s commitment, Northwestern is all the way up to No. 3 nationally in the team recruiting rankings, a mark that would be Fitzgerald’s best recruiting class by far. There is still a long way to go before the Early Signing Period in December, but Fitzgerald and his staff have a huge jumpstart on a very impressive recruiting class.