Aidan Gray: Northwestern adds 3-star QB to 2023 class

The Northwestern Wildcats landed a commitment from Aidan Gray for the Class of 2023. He made the announcement on Sunday through his Twitter account.

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Gray is rated as a 3-star prospect by three of the four major recruiting sites, and Northwestern was Gray’s first reported Power 5 scholarship offer. He announced the offer on his Twitter account four days prior to his commitment. Other FBS offers include the Bowling Green Falcons, Eastern Michigan Eagles, Miami (OH) RedHawks, Northern Illinois Huskies, Toledo Rockets and Western Michigan Broncos.

Aidan Gray Recruiting Profile

Gray is the third commitment to Northwestern’s 2023 recruiting class and the lone quarterback. The Wildcats signed Jack Lausch to their Class of 2022, and he is also rated as a 3-star prospect on three of the four sites.

Looking ahead to this upcoming season, Ryan Hilinski is the expected starting quarterback. He played in nine games last season and completed 95-of-176 (54%) passes with 3 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in his first year in Evanston after spending two years with the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Andrew Marty is no longer on the roster, and neither is Hunter Johnson, who transferred back to the Clemson Tigers this offseason. Carl Richardson is the only other quarterback on the roster to throw a pass as a college football player with 4 attempts in 2021.

In a season that featured a ton of returning players across the country due to the extra year of eligibility from COVID-19, Northwestern was one of the rare teams that needed to replace lots of production from the previous season. The Wildcats had won the Big Ten West twice in three years, but they finished just 3-9 last season including 1-8 in conference play. Offense was a major issue as they ranked No. 118 out of 130 teams in yards per play against FBS opponents.

Gray attends Naperville North High School in Naperville, Illinois.

Photo courtesy of Northwestern Athletics

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