Rockford QB Whittaker signs with Northwestern

Jason Whittaker (No. 7) takes the field with teammates before a 2017 game.

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) — Rockford quarterback Jason Whittaker is heading to Evanston to play college football.

Whittaker signed a national letter of intent Wednesday, confirming his Dec. 2016 commitment to Northwestern. He was the first member of his class is the only quarterback in the Wildcats’ 2018 class.

The 6-foot-5 pocket passer is rated as a three-star recruit by college athletics recruiting website 247Sports.

This the first year the NCAA approved an early signing period for football, which will continue through Friday. The next period will begin on Feb. 14.