Is Fitzgerald policy why recruits decommitted from Northwestern?

Is Fitzgerald policy why recruits decommitted from Northwestern?
July 29, 2014, 3:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Pat Fitzgerald has a policy, and it sounds like it's the reason that Northwestern lost its two top-rated recruits on Monday night.

A pair of Ohio twins, Andrew and David Dowell, are no longer committed to Northwestern after initially committing in April. The two obviously had second thoughts.

According to a report from the Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein, Fitzgerald has a policy that scholarship offers are pulled if commits visit other schools. That policy was communicated to the Dowells. Now the two are no longer headlining the Cats' Class of 2015.

“If we make a commitment, we’re engaged. If you want to date somebody else, we’re no longer engaged and there is no more getting married. Like it or not, that is how we will do business," Fitzgerald told Greenstein on Tuesday.

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It became a big deal Tuesday morning, when Northwestern fell significantly in recruiting rankings — despite having a pretty strong class, otherwise — after losing their lone four-star recruits of what used to be an 18-player class.

Fitzgerald made it clear he'd be sticking with the policy, even if it had more consequences like Monday's.

“With this accelerated recruiting, our fans better get ready for more decommitments,” Fitzgerald. “I don’t want to coach guys who don’t want to be at Northwestern. Our staff doesn’t want to coach guys and, most importantly, our players don’t want those kinds of guys on our team. They want guys who want to be part of our culture."