Just as National Signing Day was winding down, Northwestern had one more surprise up its sleeve.
The Wildcats announced that they landed an Oregon wide receiver. Jalen Brown, a former U.S. Army All-American, tweeted that he’ll be joining Northwestern in 2017 as a graduate transfer:
— Jalen Darice Brown (@darice_brown15) February 1, 2017
Brown only used up two years of eligibility at Oregon, which means that he’ll have a chance to play two years in Evanston because he’s graduating from Oregon in June 2017. He’ll be eligible to play immediately.
As a recruit, Brown was a four-star U.S. Army All-American. He was rated as the No. 15 receiver and No. 107 player overall in the 2014 class.
The Phoenix native played in 13 games at Oregon, six of which were starts. He caught 26 passes for 407 yards and four touchdowns in his two seasons in Eugene.
Northwestern could use some help at receiver after losing All-American wideout Austin Carr to graduation. Brown will have a chance to step in and provide an immediate impact in the Cats offense.
Pat Fitzgerald’s day might’ve ended with his most important offensive recruit of the 2017 class.