On the last day of June, a few Katy Tigers announced via their Twitter accounts their oral commitments to the Houston Cougars and the Northwestern Wildcats.
All oral commitments are not binding as National Signing Day is February of 2016.
God is good ? pic.twitter.com/m2qecXIOCu
— Travis Whillock (@traviswhillock) June 30, 2015
— Paddy Fisher (@FisherPaddy) June 30, 2015
I’m staying home. pic.twitter.com/iqsWsdXQg7
— Collin Wilder (@WilderCollin) June 30, 2015
Safety Travis Whillock and inside linebacker Paddy Fisher committed to Northwestern. Last season, (as juniors) the two combined for 236 tackles.
Fisher, a 6-foot-1 185 pounder—who had a laundry list of offers—posted 22 tackles for a loss and corralled opposing quarterbacks six times. He was the conductor of Katy’s reputable defense over the last two seasons en route two consecutive state title berths. In last year’s Class 6A Division II state title game, Fisher was voted Defensive MVP.
At his position, 247Sports ranked him at No. 52. He also made the first team all-state team last season.
Whillock—a three-star recruit according to 247Sports—had nine offers on his plate. Most believed he would play for his hometown Cougars, and even Wisconsin pushed for his services late in the recruiting process. However, he decided to join Fisher in Evanston, Ill.
He finished last season with 10 pass break ups, three interceptions and a sack last season. He and opposite safety Collin Wilder tag teamed to lead the Tigers’ hard-hitting secondary. He also earned District 19-6A First Team All-District honors.
Whillock and Fisher are NU’s 17th and 18th commitments for the Class of 2016.
The aforementioned Wilder decided to stay in the 281, committing to the Cougars, and is among many Houston-based recruits who have already verbally committed to Houston.
Among these three Tigers, Wilder is the lone player to taste sweet victory after defeating Cedar Hill 35-24 in their 2012 Class 5A state final win. He was a freshman then and was a part of Katy’s starting rotation on defense but played mostly on special teams.
Wilder was a first team all-district selection as a sophomore and continued to play better into his junior season. He finished with 118 total tackles, nine for loss, and recorded three interceptions. He was formerly a Texas Tech commit, but de-commited from the Red Raiders in mid-April.
“I think it’s great that they have gotten rewarded for all their hard work that I have seen firsthand,” Katy signal caller Garrett Doiron said of his fellow teammates. “Now that they have committed, they can go back to doing what they do best, and that is just playing football and not having to play games with coaches or worry about going to camps.”
“They can enjoy themselves while at the same time keep getting better.”
Doiron took to Twitter yesterday to congratulate Fisher, Wilder and Whillock.
— Garrett Doiron (@garrett_doiron) June 30, 2015