National signing day brings out the hyperbole in everyone.

Even Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, who disdains the way recruiting websites inflate teenage egos, could not resist Wednesday, saying the Wildcats "dominated Chicagoland again."

Well, there were four ESPN.com top-300 prospects offered by Northwestern who went elsewhere — two to Notre Dame, one to Michigan and one to Ohio State.

But Fitzgerald could not be more bullish about the three area players who signed with the purple. Every analyst agrees quarterback Clayton Thorson (Wheaton North), tailback Justin Jackson (Glenbard North) and cornerback Parrker Westphal (Bolingbrook) have All-Big Ten potential.

Westphal already is enrolled and working out, with Fitzgerald analogizing that the "water fountain" of high school football has turned into "a fire hose that smacks you in the face" for Westphal.

Of Thorson, Fitzgerald said: "He is off the charts. An unbelievable family. You walk into a home visit there and hope your sons grow up to be like Clayton."

Jackson rushed for 6,531 yards and 85 touchdowns at Glenbard North, numbers Fitzgerald called "freakish."

Thorson and Jackson, one-time AAU basketball opponents, became close friends despite playing for high schools in the same conference.

"They are each other's biggest fans," Fitzgerald said. "They committed early and really are the core of our class."

NU officials tout this 15-man class as the best in school history — for the third straight year. It ranks 44th nationally in the 247sports.com composite ratings, with an average player rating tied for 30th.

Fitzgerald said the players' average GPA is 3.65, which he believes stacks up against the nation's elite.

The Wildcats offered 66 scholarships for a 23 percent "hit" rate.

"There are schools that have already tripled that (number of offers) in the 2015 class," Fitzgerald said.

The coach downplayed questions about four players who decommitted, two of whom chose California. He said NU's supposed policy of not allowing verbally committed players to visit other schools has been overblown and that "honesty" in the process is king.

Three players — Garrett Dickerson, Cameron Queiro and Nathan Hall — have older brothers who are Wildcats. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Dickerson, who ranks 270th on ESPN.com's player list, will suit up at superback after some projected him at defensive end.