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2019 Official Verbal Thread
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1. Jalen McGaughy
https://twitter.com/ESPN_SLIM

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ATH Martin Luther King HS, Detroit, MI

Ht: 6'3"
Wt: 205 lbs

https://twitter.com/ESPN_SLIM/status/972949212609613824

HIGHLIGHTS: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6436291/572...2a187305bd



2. Messiah Travis
https://twitter.com/MessiahTravis4

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WR Solario Academy HS, Chicago, IL

Ht: 5'11"
Wt: 175 lbs

https://twitter.com/MessiahTravis4/statu...0486772737

Quote:"I like a lot of what NIU has to offer. Getting to play and go to school close to home at NIU was really important to me. I'm really close with my family. It will allow my Mom and my Dad to come and see me play in college. NIU also recruited me really hard right out of the gates and NIU was my first offer. NIU really made me feel wanted and like I was needed there. NIU has also been doing some good things, they win a lot of games and I can also get a good education. It's just really an exciting feeling." - EDGYTIM

HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/7741690/59e1...104ce6d008



3. Romel Goston
https://twitter.com/RomelGoston25

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DB Al Raby HS, Chicago, IL

Ht: 6'1"
Wt: 170 lbs

https://twitter.com/RomelGoston25/status...6492783622

HIGHLIGHTS: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6111817/59c...359ccbd127



4. Tom Trieb
https://twitter.com/TomTrieb3

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TE Buffalo Grove HS, Buffalo Grove, IL

Ht: 6'2"
Wt: 215 lbs

https://twitter.com/TomTrieb3/status/990347799010136064

Quote:"NIU is exactly what I needed in a school," Trieb said. "They have great people, a great program and I can easily see myself playing at NIU for the next four years so I committed.The while vibe at NIU really stood out to me when I was there. Everyone on the team along with the coaches are a family. Everyone loves each other, they look out for each other and that's exactly what I was looking for in a school.I just couldn't waste such a good opportunity at NIU." - EDGYTIM

HIGHLIGHTS: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6113639/59b...1384e07b3d



5. Mark Aitken
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ATH Kenwood Academy HS, Chicago, IL

Height & Weight: 5'9" 170lbs
40 Yard Dash: 4.4
Shuttle: 4.1
Vertical: 38
Bench: 245
Squat(LBS): 405

https://twitter.com/maaitken3/status/990548930575392771

Quote:"NIU is close to home and I have a really close relationship with all of the coaches at NIU," Aitken said. "I just felt like NIU is the place for me and I wanted to secure my spot so I committed. NIU just loves me and loves what I can bring to the team. I just feel like NIU is a place where I can prosper athletically and academically. NIU would allow me to do things I would love to do in my life in the future. It's a great fit for me." - EDGYTIM

HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/8227403/59d3...2b8038dfe0



6. Cam Mattox
https://twitter.com/C58_Mattox

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DE Hillcrest HS, Country Club Hills, IL

Ht: 6'3"
Wt: 215 lbs

2X All Conference / All Area / 2017 IL 5A All State Team

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HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/v/28K9W8



7. Chamaar Smith
https://twitter.com/chamaar41

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DE/OLB Decatur Central HS, Indianapolis, IN

Ht: 6'2"
Wt: 210 lbs

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HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/v/28KrJP


8. Mariano Valenti
https://twitter.com/Ano_Valenti

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QB St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Ht: 6'2"
Wt: 215 lbs

HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/v/27z8fK



9. Demond Taylor
https://twitter.com/Demond_Taylor

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OT/DT East St. Louis HS, East St. Louis, IL

Ht: 6'3"
Wt: 275 lbs

Quote:"I went and camped at NIU for the Big Dawg linemen camp and that's when they offered me," Taylor said. "I thought it over for a few days and then I decided to call up the NIU coaches and give them my verbal commitment.."

Taylor, who will be a rare four year varsity starter for the Flyers and head coach Darren Sunkett this coming season discusses why he decided to give NIU his verbal commitment.

"I was able to look around a bit when I was at the NIU camp and I really liked the school. I was also able to work with the NIU coaches in camp and I was also able to talk to them quite a bit. NIU has been recruiting me for a while now and it was a good feeling to go camp there. I got a really good feel for the coaches along with some of the NIU players. NIU just honestly felt like home to me. It's not too far away from home plus it's a winning program. I'm really comfortable with NIU and my decision."

Taylor, who was recruited and offered as a defensive tackle/nose guard recruit for the Huskies looked at several schools before making his college choice.

"I was in touch quite a bit with schools like Illinois, Missouri and also Kansas State. Indiana State offered me and I visited there not too long ago. NIU is offering me a chance to play at the D1 level and play against a lot of the best programs in the nation every year. I know that NIU's schedule this year is really strong and they play schools like Iowa, Florida State and Utah."

Taylor is also excited to be able to just focus on his team and his upcoming senior season without any distractions from recruiting.

"My plan was to always make a decision before the start of the season. We have a big year this year and I want to have all my attention towards the team and school."

Taylor and the Flyers also know a few things about touch scheduling.

"Our schedule is really tough every year and this year is no different. We play (Detroit) King in Detroit, then we host Trinity from St. Louis in the Classic. The following week we play Edwardsville so we will have some really big games especially early this year." - EDGYTIM

HIGHLIGHTS: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/9385819/5a3...13f4be7e4c



10. Logan Zschernitz
https://twitter.com/LoganZschernitz

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OG Spencer HS, Spencer, WI

Height & Weight: 6'4" 290lbs
40 Yard Dash: 5.21
Vertical: 21
Bench: 285
185 Bench (Reps): 19
100 Meter Dash: 13.31
Squat(LBS): 455

HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/5535602/5a74...0d9ca55397




11. Daraun McKinney
https://twitter.com/D_Mckinney5

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DB River Rouge HS, River Rouge, MI

Height & Weight: 5'10" 175lbs
40 Yard Dash: 4.5
Bench: 225
185 Bench (Reps): 5
400 Meter Dash: 59
Squat(LBS): 315

HIGHLIGHTS: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5406004/5a1...04e8f97c81



12. Reece Heyerdahl
https://twitter.com/reece_heyerdahl

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DE Neenah HS, Neenah, WI

Height & Weight: 6'3" 245lbs
40 Yard Dash: 4.69
Shuttle: 4.24
Vertical: 36
Bench: 350

HIGHLIGHTS: http://ww.hudl.com/video/3/5476434/5a01f...26e8045f91




13. Leif Engstrand
https://twitter.com/bigman5521

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OT Oconomowoc HS, Onconomowoc, WI

Ht: 6'8"
Wt: 290 lbs

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HIGHLIGHTS: http://www.hudl.com/v/28AMx6
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Sounds like we may have our 2nd verbal coming today based off Coach Rice’s tweet

https://twitter.com/coachmrice/status/98...41121?s=21

This kid and his coach both liked the tweet, but I don’t think he had an offer from what I’ve seen. Curious who it is

Mark Aitken, a CB/WR from Kenwood Academy in Chicago
https://twitter.com/maaitken3/status/938...89121?s=21



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Commit #2 is in!

Messiah Travis from Chicago
https://twitter.com/messiahtravis4/statu...72737?s=21

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7741690/59e...104ce6d008


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Just landed our 2nd commit of the day! Romel Goston, another playmaker from the city

https://twitter.com/romelgoston25/status...83622?s=21




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RE: 2019 Official Verbal Thread
Romel is a 3* CB. 6'1" 170 lbs. from Al Raby school. He had offers from Iowa St., Bowling Green, EMU, and Ball St., among others.
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Messiah Travis had offers from WMU and Toledo.
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(04-27-2018 11:09 PM)NIU1981 Wrote:  Travis to play wide receiver:

https://edgytim.rivals.com/news/wr-travi...ges-to-niu

Must be a good QB! j\k

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Coach U. said we have a total of 4 commits and Coach Rice said more "big" news today about 4 hours ago... We will see if something pops soon!
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Tom Trieb from Buffalo Grove HS? Yes it is! #4 commit! ATH. 6'2" 215 lbs. 247 sports confirms. There may be one more today, checking for confirmation.
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(04-28-2018 06:10 PM)thetachihuskie Wrote:  Tom Trieb from Buffalo Grove HS? Yes it is! #4 commit! ATH. 6'2" 215 lbs. 247 sports confirms. There may be one more today, checking for confirmation.


Interesting point on Trieb is that he said NIU recruited him as a TE even though he’s never played TE before


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Yet another commit this weekend from Chicago. We offered yesterday and he commuted this morning

Mark Aitken. ATH Kenwood Academy

https://twitter.com/maaitken3/status/990...92771?s=21

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Great to see they’re hitting the city HARD. Just like basketball, you have a lot of hungry kids who play football in the Chi. I’ve always felt our team should be comprised of the best of our state with a mixture of FL/TX/NeighborStates... there’s no reason the season after the Orange Bowl we didn’t have commits from Illinois State championship teams pouring in... I love the direction our recruitment has headed. Corey Davis should’ve been a Huskie, smh.
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There was a big tall recruit and a shorter stouter guy with DL coach Stewart before practice. Definitely looked the dlineman part[/u]
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New Commit ...DE

https://twitter.com/c58_mattox?lang=en

Cam Mattox
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(05-04-2018 08:31 PM)prairiedawg Wrote:  New Commit ...DE

https://twitter.com/c58_mattox?lang=en

Cam Mattox
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Hillcrest HS?//Class Of ‘19?|| DE-TE || 2x All Conference|| All Area || 2017 5a All State Team|| Markham Grown..
Interesting perspective by EdgyTim:

https://edgytim.forums.rivals.com/thread...est.14676/

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(05-05-2018 04:21 AM)NIUTrekker Wrote:  
(05-04-2018 08:31 PM)prairiedawg Wrote:  New Commit ...DE

https://twitter.com/c58_mattox?lang=en

Cam Mattox
@C58_Mattox
Hillcrest HS?//Class Of ‘19?|| DE-TE || 2x All Conference|| All Area || 2017 5a All State Team|| Markham Grown..
Interesting perspective by EdgyTim:

https://edgytim.forums.rivals.com/thread...est.14676/

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He had offers from Toledo, EMU, and Ball St., among others. 6'3" 215 lbs.
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(05-05-2018 10:38 AM)thetachihuskie Wrote:  
(05-05-2018 04:21 AM)NIUTrekker Wrote:  
(05-04-2018 08:31 PM)prairiedawg Wrote:  New Commit ...DE

https://twitter.com/c58_mattox?lang=en

Cam Mattox
@C58_Mattox
Hillcrest HS?//Class Of ‘19?|| DE-TE || 2x All Conference|| All Area || 2017 5a All State Team|| Markham Grown..
Interesting perspective by EdgyTim:

https://edgytim.forums.rivals.com/thread...est.14676/

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He had offers from Toledo, EMU, and Ball St., among others. 6'3" 215 lbs.
Edgytim is a great evaluator.
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New commit per Edgy Tim:

DE Chamaar Smith from Indy. With this kid and Cam Mattox we have some awesome looking D ends in the pipeline.

https://twitter.com/chamaar41

http://www.hudl.com/profile/5298884/Chamaar-Smith
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(05-18-2018 11:36 AM)NIU1981 Wrote:  New commit per Edgy Tim:

DE Chamaar Smith from Indy. With this kid and Cam Mattox we have some awesome looking D ends in the pipeline.

https://twitter.com/chamaar41

http://www.hudl.com/profile/5298884/Chamaar-Smith

Had offers from Ball St, EMU, Eastern Kentucky, and North Dakota.

https://247sports.com/player/chamaar-smith-46036400
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