Northwestern and Michigan were the favorites to land heavily-recruited offensive lineman Caleb Tiernan, and Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats won the battle.

On Saturday, Northwestern received a commitment from Tiernan, a 6-foot-7, 280-pound offensive tackle out of Livonia, Michigan. Tiernan is a three-star prospect and was considered to be the No. 11 player out of his home state. He made his announcement via Twitter.

“First off, I want to say thank you to everyone who’s helped me get to where I am today. I wouldn’t be able to play the game I love at the next level without the continuous support, motivation, and wisdom from my family, friends and teammates,” Tiernan wrote. “With that being said, I’m extremely honored and blessed to say I’m 100% committed to Northwestern University! Go Cats!”

Tiernan received 17 offers during the 2021 recruiting cycle, with plenty of interest from B1G programs. In addition to Northwestern, Tiernan also had offers from Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue.

Per 247Sports, Tiernan is a high three-star recruit, coming in at No. 370 nationally. Among offensive tackles, he ranks 32nd in this year’s cycle.

With Tiernan’s commitment, Northwestern now has three members in its 2021 recruiting class. He is currently the highest-ranked. The Wildcats currently sit 11th in the B1G and 45th nationally in the recruiting rankings.