I like to double back and see where some of the guys who were unclaimed on signing day ended up. Here's a partial list, I'll have more later. Some of these guys were on NIU's radar, others are just local guys of interest.
QB Matt Rossi, Palatine - Augustana
QB Josh Hasenberg, Bartlett - Colgate
LB Ethan Armstrong, Ottawa (NIU Offer) - Wisconsin walkon
DE Joe Forgy, Ellsworth, Iowa CC (NIU Offer) - Iowa walkon
RB Bobby Pettis, Argo - Missouri U of Science and Technology
RB Jacob Arnold, Plainfield (Dominique Ware's teammate) - Grand Rapids CC
RB Dominique Bell, Morgan Park - Joliet JC
RB Scottie Williams, Downers Grove South - Elmhurst College (More on him later)
RB Tyler Hudetz, Joliet Catholic - North Central College
RB Mike Gyetvay, Fremd - Augustana
QB Jordan Roberts, Aurora Christian - Wheaton College
QB Victor Scott, Morgan Park - Gave up the gridiron for basketball.
I still haven't found where a bunch of guys on NIU's radar ended up, including Javarious Riley, Fritz Rock, Devin King, Terrance Gourdine and Deante Triplett. Please fill me in if you know anything. Some of these guys were probably non-qualifiers.
Scottie Williams to Elmhurst College? What a great get for them! I saw him play and he is terrific. Really fast, give him a seam and he takes it to the house. I was hoping he would come to NIU as I think he's clearly good enough to succeed in the MAC. He should have a field day at the D-III level, much like Oak Park's Levell Coppage did at Whitewater last year as a true freshman. Elmhurst should be fun to watch. Their coach, Western Michigan hall-of-famer Tim Lester, is considered an offensive guru and getting a great player like Scottie Williams should certainly help his cause. I predict Lester is the next head coach at WMU when Cubit retires. He used to be on the staff there and now he's earning his head coaching chops at the DIII level. A smart career path, the same one PJ Fleck should follow. One more note on Elmhurst. Lester is certainly making his mark in his second year at the helm as he brought in an eye-popping 65 new players this year. That has to be a record at any level. Among the casualties: former Huskie Shaun Ratay, who played some TE last year, and Kevin Sabock's older brother Dan.
One more interesting note apropos of nothing. Former Iowa QB Jake Christensen has ended up at Eastern Illinois where somehow he was granted eligibility even though he had already redshirted one year and played three more.