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Exclamation 2018 Official Verbal Thread
***Mods please move to important threads section***

Ok guys, here we go!


1. Mike DeHaan
https://twitter.com/mikedehaan44

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TE/DE Andrew HS, Tinley Park, IL

Height: 6'6"
Weight: 230 lbs
40 Yard Dash: 4.88
Shuttle: 4.44
Vertical: 28
Bench: 245
Squat(LBS): 395
Deadlift(LBS): 420
Clean(LBS): 225

Quote:"I felt very comfortable at NIU. NIU is close to home, they have a great coaching staff and they play very good football. NIU is also usually at the top of the MAC year in and year out."

Dehaan, who recently added his first offer from NIU, made an unofficial visit to the DeKalb based campus a few weeks go and came away impressed with the Huskies.

"Saturday was my first visit to NIU and my Dad also went along," he said. "I had a great visit. I really liked the campus and the coaches at NIU are great guys. The coaches really stood out to my at NIU. I had a great talk with my recruiting coach Mike Uremovich and all of the coaches at NIU just made me feel welcomed. NIU offered me as a more of a tight end for them but they also said they like me as a defensive end. It seems like most schools are looking at me for now as a defensive end recruit."
-EDGYTIM

HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4566353/580e...2f446f9d7e



2. Devin Haney
https://twitter.com/DevinHaney_15

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CB Park Hill HS, Kansas City, MO

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 175 lbs
40: 4.51 sec

3 Star Recruit, 247 Sports, Rivals
Rated 42nd CB in 2018 and 11th Top Overall Prospect in Missouri

Quote:"After taking a visit and talking with my family, I've decided to give my verbal commitment to Northern Illinois University! The coaching staff was amazing and truly made me and my family feel at home. I've always had a dream of playing Division 1 football as a kid, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to make my childhood dream come true! I want to say thank you to the NIU coaching staff for believing in me and giving me the wonderful opportunity to play at this university. I look forward to building on my relationship with coaching staff and Huskie Nation! #TheHardWay#HuskieNa18n" - Devin Haney

HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/3983995/580b...a84851434a



3. Fotis Kokosioulis
https://twitter.com/fotiskoko1

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RB Maine South HS, Park Ridge, IL

Height: 5'9"
Weight: 167lbs
Nike Football Rating: 98.25
40 Yard Dash: 4.5
Shuttle: 4.03
Vertical: 33.2
Powerball: 30.5
Bench: 265
100 Meter Dash: 11.02
Squat(LBS): 455
Clean(LBS): 235

2016: 2nd Team All-State, 1st Team All Area, 8A State Champion
Stats: 188 carries, 1464 Yds, 25 Tds - 36 receptions, 588 yds / 25 25+ yd plays

Quote:It's been a busy 2 months for me. In this time I've done a lot of thinking, praying, and talking with my family and coaches. It's not about how many offers you get, it's about finding the right school. once you know a school is the right fit for you, there is no reason not to pull the trigger. Also, at the end of the day, it comes down to the people. That's why I have decided to commit to Northern Illinois University. I really like the coaches, the winning tradition, and i think it's a great fit for me. Lastly, I wanna thank god, my family, and my coaches for supporting my decision. I look forward to becoming a Husky!
- Fotis Kokosioulis

HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4775393/583e...2850ff2371



4. Queneil Morrison
https://twitter.com/morrique000

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DT Phillips HS, Chicago, IL

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 307 lbs

Quote:"I committed to NIU," Morrison said. "I just like NIU and it's a good school and a good program. I also really like the people at NIU and it's feel like a great place fort me."

Morrison, who had offers from Toledo and Bowling Green was starting to also draw increased recruiting looks from several FBS schools this spring. So why commit this early to the NIU Huskies?

"I just really like NIU and I also didn't want to lose my opportunity that I have at NIU by waiting too long."
- Queneil Morrison / EdgyTim

HIGHLIGHTS: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/8301295/57f...0858c3df90


5. Zhamaine March
https://twitter.com/zhvmv_ne

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ATH East English Village Prep HS, Detroit, MI

Height: 5'9"
Weight: 170 lbs

Quote:"First off, I want tot hank God for even blessing me with the abilities to play this game. It was really a great experience to get recruited by all of these coaches, but the most important thing is having a great relationship with the coaches. With that being said, I am proud to say that I will be giving my verbal commitment to Northern Illinois University! These coaches stayed on me and showed me how much they need me on their team, I'm excited that they gave me this opportunity now all I'm gone do is show them why they gave me this chance""
- Zhamaine March via Twitter

HIGHLIGHTS: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/3922939/581...44cc9498ec


6. Erick Doke III
https://twitter.com/Erickdoke23

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RB/OLB Bradford HS, Kenosha, WI

Height: 6'1"
Weight: 210 lbs

2016 Stats: 1,261 Yds rushing, 121 yds per game, 17 TDs

Quote:"First off, I want to thank God & my family for everything. Next, I want to thank my teammates and coaches for helping me become the player I am now. The coaches at NIU really believe in me and want me to succeed in life, they made me feel wanted and right at home on my visit. It doesn't matter how many offers you get, it's where you fit best. With that being, I am officially committing to Northern Illinois University!"
- Erick Doke III via Twitter

HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/5349244/5810...718cab2e6c



7. Kewan Parker
https://twitter.com/_era11

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OLB/SS Carol City HS, Miami, FL

Height: 6'0'
Weight: 190 lbs

2016 Stats: 96 tackles, 15 for a loss, 13 sacks
Chicago Showcase Defensive MVP, March 2017

HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4458715/584e...0640937b04



8. Legend Moore
https://twitter.com/2xLegend

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QB/ATH Carol City HS, Hallandale, FL

Height: 6'0"
Weight: 180 lbs
40 Yard Dash: 4.6
Bench: 225
100 Meter Dash: 10.6
Squat(LBS): 395

2016 Stats: 500 yds rushing, 900 yds passing (missed 2 games)

HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/6441262/57e4...977860b9a6



9. Amir Brummett
https://twitter.com/abrummettfor3

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WR/ATH MacArthur HS, Decatur, IL

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 185 lbs

Quote:"NIU just feels like home to me," Brummett said. "I've been talking it over with my family and my coaches and I just felt like it was time to make my decision. I called up the coaches at NIU and gave them my commitment."

Brummett discussed why he decided to pledge to NIU.

"NIU has a really nice program and I just feel very comfortable with NIU. They offer a really strong education especially in my major (graphic design). NIU from early on made me feel like I was a priority for them and that was also important. NIU offered me as a wide receiver and I'm totally comfortable moving over to receiver. Most schools had been looking at me as more of an athlete type of recruit anyways."

So why commit so early in the recruiting process?

"NIU just felt like the right place for me and it also felt like the right time to commit. I didn't want to wait and miss out on a great opportunity. I was honestly ready to make a decision. Recruiting made really really focus on what is important to me and I didn't want to pass up a great opportunity at NIU."

Brummett is also excited to be playing at the next level relatively close to home.

"NIU is a decent distance away from home but it's also not too far. My Mom and my family can still make the drive up to watch my home games at NIU. " - EDGYTIM

HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4353396/583f...19d07b0730



10. Jyran Mitchell
https://twitter.com/JyranM

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WR/ATH Rich Central HS, Olympia Fields, IL

Height & Weight: 6'0" 188lbs
Nike Football Rating: 104.91
40 Yard Dash: 4.65
Shuttle: 4.05
Vertical: 35.7
Powerball: 34

Quote:"I decided to commit to NIU," Mitchell said. "I looked at all of my options and NIU just feels like the right fit so I called up the NIU coaches and gave them my commitment."

Mitchell discussed why he decided to pledge to the NIU Huskies.

"I really like the coaches at NIU. My wide receivers coach at NIU is Steve Crutchley also coached my older brother in college and he a great guy and a great coach as well. I just come away from NIU knowing that it's a strong family bond in the football program. I looked at my options and NIU just stood out from the rest of the schools."

Mitchell also pointed towards NIU's overall program strength was another key reason in his decision.

"NIU has had a lot of success over the years, but they are also going back to work and trying to get the football team winning games again. I want to come in and just grind together with my team at NIU and help us get back to bowl games and MAC championships."

Mitchell is also thrilled to have his recruiting process completed.

"Recruiting was fun at times but it was also getting pretty stressful. I'm just glad to have it over and I can just focus on my team and my senior season."
-EDGYTIM

HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4269511/5821...3734280b5d



11. JD Harris
https://twitter.com/asvpjd1

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CB Columbus North HS, Columbus, IN

Height & Weight: 5'11" 165lbs
40 Yard Dash: 4.65
Squat(LBS): 315
Deadlift(LBS): 315
Clean(LBS): 240

Quote:“The dorms were amazing and their facilities are great but what I really liked was their business building,” Harris said. “It was amazing and I plan on studying business in college. The coaching staff is great and the tradition is amazing and they want to win and that’s exactly what I wanted in a coaching staff.”

Harris said he and his father were sitting in Coach Rod Carey’s office when Carey asked if he had any more questions.

At that moment, Harris said “I knew i wanted to be a Huskie.”
- INDYSCOUT

HIGHLIGHTS: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5288785/57d...4c34a197e0



12. Cortez Hogans
https://twitter.com/CortezHogans

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LB Palatine HS, Palatine, IL

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 190 lbs

Quote:"I was ready to I gave NIU my commitment," Hogans said. "I just really like everything that NIU has to offer. I looked hard at a few other schools but in the end NIU just fit me the best."

Hogans discussed why he decided to end his recruiting process and pledge to the NIU Huskies.

"NIU just has a lot to offer. I really like all of the coaches at NIU. They all seem like good guys and guys who can help me grow and develop. NIU is also close to home and my family and friends can get to see me play in college. I was also really impressed at how hard they work at NIU. I was able to go see a few practices in person and they just really go hard and get after it every day. NIU also offers strong academics and everything just seemed to come together for me at NIU."

Hogans admitted that he looked at a few other schools before making his decision this evening.

"I looked hard at North Dakota State and also Central Michigan. It really had very little to do with location to be honest. It was just that NIU offers me the best possible fit on and off the field. Distance was really never a big factor for me and if I was able to find a great fit far away from home I was ready to go. It just is a nice benefit that I'll be closer to home with NIU."

Hogans is also happy and relieved to have his recruiting process completed.

"I'm very happy to have made my decision. It was starting to become harder and harder to figure it all out. The hardest part of the process is just having to make a decision. You end up building relationships with a lot of good people, then you have to tell them no in the end. That was harder to do than I expected."
-EDGYTIM

HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/5470388/580e...ed288eb91b



13. Leon Payne
https://twitter.com/royalxiii_

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WR Simeon HS, Chicago, IL

Height & Weight: 6'0" 170lbs
40 Yard Dash: 4.45
Shuttle: 4.19
Vertical: 32.3
Bench: 215
185 Bench (Reps): 5

Quote:"It was time and I was ready top commit," Payne said. "I called up the NIU coaches and gave them my verbal commitment."

Payne, who added his NIU offer last week after an impressive camp performance in front of the NIU coaches discussed why he committed to the in-state NIU Huskies.

"NIU just feels like family to me. They have a great family atmosphere at NIU plus everyone always makes me feel so welcomed and wanted at NIU. The coaches are great guys and I also know a lot of guys already on the team at NIU. They offered me and recruited me as a wide receiver and I feel that NIU is just a really good fit for me."

Payne looked hard at his college options but in the end couldn't pass up his opportunity to play for the NIU Huskies.

"I looked hard at all of my options and offer and I really appreciate all of the coaches and schools who offered and recruited me.In the end NIU is a really good program and a big offer for me and I couldn't pass it up."

Payne is now ready focus on his team and his senior year at Simeon without having to focus on recruiting.

"I'm just excited and ready to get back with my team and help us win a state championship. I'm 100 percent committed to NIU and I'm really happy about my decision."
-EDGYTIM

HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4796999/57ec...5500772c06




14. Jeffrey Griffin Jr.
https://twitter.com/CampaignJefe

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DL Homewood-Flossmoor HS, Flossmoor, IL

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 260 lbs
40 Yard Dash: 4.9
Bench: 365
185 Bench (Reps): 23
Squat(LBS): 450
Deadlift(LBS): 400
Clean(LBS): 220

Quote:"I visited NIU yesterday (Saturday) and that visit really sold me on NIU," Griffin said. "I always wanted to stay closer to home for school and once NIU stepped up and offered me it was a hard offer to turn down. After the visit on Saturday I was sold on NIU so I called up the coaches and committed this morning."

Johnson discussed why he gave the NIU Huskies his verbal commitment.

"I have a lot of friends at NIU. It's close to home and they also offer a great education. I also really like the coaches at NIU a lot. I get along really well with all of the coaches and I know they will make me a better player. Saturday was the first time I was able to really see the campus at NIU and it's really nice. NIU just feels like the best overall fit for me."

Griffin admitted that it's been a long process for him and is happy to have given NIU his verbal commitment.

"The recruiting process was a long process for me. I played offensive line last season so I didn't have a ton of tape so schools didn't really recruit me hard until they started to see me this spring and summer. I'm most comfortable playing anywhere on the defensive line and that's what NIU is recruiting me for in college. The coaches said they can see me play a few different spots in the defense if they need me to play them."

Look for Griffin to now become NIU's lead recruiter especially in the halls for Homewood-Flossmoor.

"I'm definitely already talking to Justin (Hall) and Mario (Wright II) about joining me at NIU."
-EDGYTIM

HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4559484/582a...37d03879b0



15. Caleb Wright
https://twitter.com/CalebWright1910

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DE Brookfield East HS, Brookfield, WI

Height & Weight: 6'3" 230lbs
40 Yard Dash: 4.72
Vertical: 32
Bench: 300
100 Meter Dash: 11.5
Squat(LBS): 405

HIGHLIGHTS: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4199189/583...25e887e50a



16. Reggie Jennings
https://twitter.com/JenningsReggie

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OLB Brookfield Central HS, Brookfield, WI

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 220 lbs

Chose NIU over offers from Wisconsin and Syracuse

HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/1599598/582c...2a4c863e84



17. Jiya Wright
https://twitter.com/Jiya_football18

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QB Homestead HS, Fort Wayne, IN

Height & Weight: 6'0" 190lbs
40 Yard Dash: 4.55
Shuttle: 3.94
Vertical: 37.5
Bench: 255
Squat(LBS): 405

HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4125431/5837...27b0bd0c1b



18. Justin Hall
https://twitter.com/GoCrazy_22

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DB/RB Homewood Floosmoor HS, Markham, IL

Height & Weight: 5'9" 177lbs
Nike Football Rating: 111.63
40 Yard Dash: 4.71
Shuttle: 3.92
Vertical: 39.7
Powerball: 34

Selected as an under Armor All -American

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HIGHLIGHTS: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4603886/582...200440b89a



19. Charles Robinson IV
https://twitter.com/Chucka_Tron

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TE Waubonsie Valley HS, Aurora, IL

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 210 lbs
40 Yard Dash: 4.7
Shuttle: 4.3
Vertical: 40
Powerball: 39

[Image: DHoxT0gXoAAG0Y1.jpg]

HIGHLIGHTS: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4843851/582...4a1086fc2e
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Good history with Danville, i.e. Stacy Robinson.
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(02-06-2017 06:43 PM)NIU32 Wrote:  ***Mods please move to important threads section***

Ok guys, here we go!

1. Julian Pearl
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OT Danville HS, Danville, IL

Height: 6'7"
Weight: 245 lbs

Quote:Danville (IL) junior offensive tackle recruit Julian Pearl (6-foot-7, 245 pounds) received an offer and visited Northern Illinois University last week, and earlier today Pearl called up NIU head coach Rod Carey and staff and gave the Huskies his early verbal commitment.

"I committed to NIU earlier today," Pearl said. "I just really felt comfortable at NIU when visited with my Mom last week. The more I thought about it the more I was ready. NIU feels like a great fit."

Pearl also talked about why he decided to end his recruiting process early and pledge to the in-state Huskies.

"NIU just feels right to me. It actually feels like home to me in so many positive ways. I really like the coaches at NIU and the program has a really strong family feel. I was pretty interested in NIU early on and once I visited it was better than I expected. I just feel a great bond with NIU. I also didn't want to drag my recruiting out at all. I just felt like I was ready to decide to I committed."

Pearl , a multi-sport athlete at Danville was offered by NIU as an offensive tackle recruit in the Class of 2018.

"NIU likes me as an offensive tackle. They feel like I will be able to add more weight and size. NIU also likes my mobility and quickness and feel that my future will be on the offensive line in college."

Pearl, who played tight end and defensive end for the Vikinga and head coach BJ Luke last season is more than willing to adjust to play on the NIU offensive line.

"It will be a bit of an adjustment but I'm more than ready. A lot of coaches and schools have talked about my size and playing offensive line in college already. It wasn't a big surprise that NIU wanted me as an offensive tackle."

Pearl becomes the first known verbal commitment in the NIU Class of 2018.
-EDGYTIM

HIGHLIGHTS: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6062373/57c...62f41d54d8

He's going to be a giant. Lol
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verbal commitment from Mike DeHaan - 6'6", 230 LB, DE/TE - Andrew High School in Tinley Park

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4566353/580e...2f446f9d7e
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(02-07-2017 01:43 PM)DogPoundNorth Wrote:  verbal commitment from Mike DeHaan - 6'6", 230 LB, DE/TE - Andrew High School in Tinley Park

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4566353/580e...2f446f9d7e


Continuing the trend was height and size, love it! Great to get on these in-state kids right off the bat


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We need help on the D-Line. A 6'6" DE sounds great!
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Great start!

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Mike DeHaan and Julian Pearl both rated as 3* by Scout. Nice! Scout has done a nice job on updating our site. Rivals, ESPN and 247 have done very little to keep us current. 247 has a list up, but they do not show our 2 commits anywhere. Rivals and ESPN are really far behind.
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Coach U from 30 minutes ago...

"Another day, another new Huskie from Illinois!!! @NIU_Football defense is fired up!!! #TheHardWay."
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Verbal Commitment from Jack Sullivan - 6'5", 245 LB, TE/DE - Plainfield East HS.

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4009765/5838...282c43d170
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