Let it known that Saturday of June 9th marked the first commitment for the 2013 recruiting class for the NIU Huskies. And boy, is it a doozie. When a stranger asks you about the fastest person to play the game you immediately think somebody like Bo Jackson. When you think a little bit harder the former great wide receiver Don Beebe comes to mind. The guy played in 6 super bowls (SIX!).
Don Beebe is the head coach at Aurora Christian, a high school with extremely close proximity to the Dekalb Campus. It is a small school having won the 3A state championship last year, beating yearly powerhouse Mt. Carmel. A lot of their athletes go to smaller local schools, but they had their first commit to a D-I school last year with dual-threat QB Anthony Maddie signing on with W. Michigan.
The Huskie Wire article states that Chad Beebe is around 5'9" 160 lbs right now, making sense for Big 10 schools to stay away from him. They have specific standards for height and weight, whereas a MAC school like NIU can take a chance on a kid with such strong bloodlines.
"Their facilities are second to none," Don Beebe said. "They're building a brand new indoor facility this summer, they're a winning program. They won [the MAC] last year, they won a bowl, and that was really exciting for Chad. They told Chad he could probably travel right away as a freshman and that excited him. He's just a great fit as a slot receiver in that offense. [Doeren] gets it. He's first-class all the way."
Other things that marred Chad's resume were a collarbone injury last year and only having a 4.64 forty time. His other D-I offers were the wide-open offense of Bowling Green and Wyoming.
The Beacon-Tribune article states that the NIU coaching staff are "very classy guys".