INSIDE THE PRESS BOX: Roaming the Sidelines
A day after quarterback Jay Cutler was released by the Chicago Bears, New Trier wide receiver/tight end Brian Kaiser made his decision to remain in the Chicago area.
On Thursday morning, the highly sought-after Kaiser, a former quarterback, announced on Twitter that he has made an oral commitment to Northwestern University.
The 6-foot-7 Kaiser was in high demand. The junior received offers from a ton of colleges, including Vanderbilt, Duke, Western Michigan, Bowling Green and Toledo, before deciding on the Evanston school.
In the fall, Kaiser earned all-CSL South honors after developing into a trusted target for quarterback Clay Czyzynski, an Army recruit. He hauled in 20 passes for 432 yards and six touchdowns. In the final three games of the season, he had nine catches for 203 yards.
According to a Northwestern press release, Kaiser will be listed as a tight end and will play the famed “superback” in coach Pat Fitzgerald’s offense.
Despite being a pass catcher for only season, Kaiser moved up the player rankings in swift fashion. He is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals, Scout and 247. Heading into the 2018 season, Rivals lists him as the 16th best player in the state.
There’s a tie to NU. His dad, Steve, was a tight end with the Wildcats in the early 1980s.
Meanwhile, last spring, Kaiser played middle blocker and helped New Trier’s volleyball team to a runner-up finish at the IHSA state tournament.