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LIVE: Northern Illinois Recruiting 2010 National Signing Day Coverage Thread

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Good Morning (or Afternoon), Huskie fans!

As I'm sure you all know by now today is National Signing Day and the Huskies are ready to lock down their 2010 recruiting class.

Unfortunately, thanks to a job interview on Friday that I need to prep for, I will not be traveling to the Yordon Center as originally planned for today. So instead I'll be sitting on the live teleconference and providing you with coverage from there (to be honest, being there really isn't as exciting as you may think).

Once signing day wraps up I'll have some commentary and a few other pieces on the big day.

Since I will be live tomorrow, 1 p.m. CT, I would like to offer you, the fans, an opportunity. My e-mail address is If you have any questions you would like asked, feel free to send them over and I'll see what I can do. I obviously have some of my own but send anything over in case I missed it.

You can follow the action here or on my Twitter account, @JerryBurnes. I'm sure Mike will be tweeting from the RABA account.

So that's all. Hope you enjoy the coverage. Tune back in here about 11-11:30 a.m. (or earlier) for the official start of updates.


The LOI's are starting to come in. Click through to see profiles for every single recruit:

C Michael Gegner | Warren Central HS (Indianapolis, IN)

6'3" 265 lbs / Short shuttle: 5.16 secs / 3-cone: 8.59 secs / Broad jump: 8'4"

Other offers: Eastern Michigan

Rivals Profile: 2-stars, 5.2
Scout Profile
: 2-stars, #28 C
ESPN Profile: NR

Notes: Went to the same high school as graduating senior LG Jason Onyebuagu. Will be in line to fight to take the Center position opened up by the graduation of Eddie Adamski.

C Blake Goodell | West Senior HS (Traverse City, MI)

6'3" 265 lbs / GPA: 3.0 | Youtube | Commitment Story

Rivals Profile: 2-stars, 5.4
Scout Profile: 2-stars
ESPN Profile: NR

Notes: Father was an All-MAC Guard for Central Michigan and went on to play for the Kansas City Chiefs. Could also play guard as well as his natural Center position. Missed 1/3rd of his senior season with a broken foot, but actually played a few games on it.

OT Tyler Pitt | Telfair County HS (McRae, GA)

6'6" 278 lbs

MaxPreps Profile

Notes: Was 2nd team All-State his senior year and a team captain for three years. Wrestling MVP all 4 years of his high school career. Also has a 3.2 GPA and...played tennis in HS. Could you see this guy playing tennis? Talk about nimble feet!

K Matthew Sims | Hannibal HS (Hannibal, MO)

5'11" 180 lbs

ESPN Profile: 2-stars, 73, #29 K

Notes: 4x All-State Kicker in HS. Helps put at ease the loss of Mike Salerno to the NFL. Had 44 kickoffs for touchbacks his senior year and was 44 of 45 on PATs. Also played WR and DB. Awesome high school name.

DE Joe Windsor | Kearney HS (Kearney, MO)

6'1" 225 lbs | Youtube

ESPN Profile: 2-stars, 70, #184 DE
MaxPreps Profile

Stats: 51 tackles, 15.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles

Notes: A little undersized for a defensive end, but can get off the line extremely fast. Missouri's 4A defensive Player of the Year as a senior. 2x All-State.

OT Tyler Loos | Sterling HS (Sterling, IL)

6'6" 270 lbs / 40 time: 5.4 secs / Bench max: 295 lbs / Squat max: 350 lbs / Shuttle: 5.05 secs / GPA: 3.9 / ACT: 28 | Youtube | Commitment Story

Other offers: Western Michigan & Wyoming

Recruited by: P.J. Fleck

Rivals Profile: 2-stars, 5.3
Scout Profile: 2-stars, #121 OT
ESPN Profile: 2-stars, 73

Notes: It's always fun to see the local guy stay in the area as Sterling is about an hour west of Dekalb. Was extremely close to committing to Michigan State, but they didn't end up offering him a scholarship.

S Dechane Durante | Vance HS (Charlotte, NC)
[Image: 721364_medium.jpg] 6'2" 195 lbs / 40 time: 4.55 secs | Youtube | Commitment Story

Other offers: Illinois & Bowling Green

Rivals Profile: 3-stars, 5.5
Scout Profile: 2-stars, #152 S
ESPN Profile: NR

Awards: All-Charlotte Observer
: 53 tackles, 17 pbu, 4 INTs, 2 INTs returned for TDs

Notes: Wow can this guy hit! Also his size is just unbelievable for the safety position. Kill told him he will play right away as a true freshman and I concur. Illinois pulled his offer mid-season for whatever reason.

LB Mike Hellams | Bolingbrook HS (Bolingbrook, IL)

6'1" 220 lbs | Youtube

Other offers: Colorado State & Wyoming

Recruited by: P.J. Fleck

Rivals Profile: 3-stars, 5.6, #32 ILB, #20 player in IL
Scout Profile: 2-stars
ESPN Profile: NR

Notes: Hellams got this class started off right committing way back in June. He is an absolute beast and form tackles with reckless abandon. Missed the majority of his senior year with a shoulder injury, but will be back at full strength to play for the Huskies.

DB Jimmie Ward | Davidson HS (Mobile, AL)
6'0" 180 lbs / 40 time: 4.45 secs / GPA: 2.8

Other offers: New Mexico, Louisiana-Monroe

Rivals Profile: 2-stars, 5.4
Scout Profile: NR
ESPN Profile: NR

Notes: A speedster at the DB spot for the Huskies. It seems like all our recruits are DBs this year. Not disagreeing with the focus at all.

WR Daron Brown | Morgan Park HS (Chicago, IL)

6'1" 185 lbs / 40 time: 4.72 secs / Vertical: 26" / Shuttle: 4.88 secs | Youtube | Commitment Story

Other offers: Wyoming

Recruited by: Jeff Phelps

Rivals Profile: 3-stars, 5.5
Scout Profile: 2-stars, #249 WR
ESPN Profile: NR/Video

Notes: Brown played QB at Morgan Park, but will switch to the outside for the Huskies. Has a lot of very raw speed and athletic ability, and will probably use a year to redshirt and learn the position.

OLB Greg Barksdale | Crete-Monee HS (Crete, IL)

6'2" 210 lbs / 40 time: 4.6 secs

Other offers: Wyoming

Rivals Profile: 3-stars, 5.5
Scout Profile: 2-stars
ESPN Profile: 3-stars, 76, #82 S

Notes: Huge-time tackler at the safety spot in high school. Originally committed to Wyoming, but changed his mind today.

TE C.J. Compher | Sycamore HS (Sycamore, IL)

6'1" 240 lbs | Commitment Story | Commitment Video

Notes: His dad is Athletic Director Jeff Compher, so that's a little awkward. Will also see some looks at H-Back and Tight End. He will be the 4th Sycamore player on the Huskies roster as his teammate Marckie Hayes will be a preferred walk-on. He's got good genes though: AD Compher is a mountain of a man if you've ever met him in person.

TE Luke Eakes | St. Marys HS (St. Marys, KS)

6'4" 230 lbs / 40 time: 4.6 secs / Bench max: 350 lbs | Youtube | Commitment Story

Scout Profile: 2-stars

Notes: Is extremely athletic and fluid on the football field. Runs like a WR. Just needs to add a bit more size if he wants to be a full-time Tight End. Plays for an extremely small school in Northeast Kansas and also broke his hand during his senior season.
MLB Cameron Stingily | Romeoville HS (Romeoville, IL)

6'2" 240 lbs / 40 time: 4.7 secs / Vertical: 31.6" / Bench: 345 lbs / Squat: 550 lbs / Power Clean: 290 lbs | Youtube | Commitment Story

Other offers: Eastern Michigan

Rivals Profile: 3-stars, 5.5
Scout Profile
: 2-stars, #140 OLB
ESPN Profile: 2-stars, 71, #99 ILB

Notes: Extremely strong and also ran for over 1,000 yds and 13 TDs at RB. Hellams and Bolingbrook is the rival school of Romeoville, but the two will be roommates. His older brother Byron is an Offensive Tackle at Louisville. Committed because of the 'family atmosphere'. Nickname is "Stinger".

QB Casey Weston | Prattville HS (Prattville, AL) / NW Mississippi C.C.

6'2" 215 lbs / 40 time: 4.7 secs | Youtube

Will be a Junior

Rivals Profile: NR
Scout Profile: NR

Rivals Profile (2008): 2-stars
Scout Profile (2008)

Stats: Led the NJCAA this past year throwing for 2,871 yds and 27 TDs (319 ypg), 12 INTs.

Notes: Holds school record for career passing yds 4,943 and also has 42 TDs. Was Originally a Jacksonville State commit out of high school, but decided to go the JUCO route because his dream was the SEC. Is a pass-first QB, but also has good wheels if necessary. Will have 3 years left to play two, so he might redshirt this next season.

OL Matt Battaglia | Marist HS (Chicago, IL) / Harper College (Palatine, IL)

6'4" 270 lbs | Youtube

Will be a Sophomore

Notes: Former teammates with DT Zach Anderson at Marist where he was All-Area and a team captain. Played RT for Harper in his one year there.

And since I couldn't find a picture of the player, here is the most ridiculous picture of the actor I could find.

OLB Jamaal Bass | Miramar HS (Miramar, FL)
153374_medium 6'0" 210 lbs / 40 time: 4.49 secs / Shuttle: 4.59 secs / Vertical: 32"

Other Offers: Mississippi, Florida International

Stats: 165 tackles (90 solo), 3 FF, 2 FR and 3 pbu

Rivals Profile: 3-stars, 5.6, #52 OLB
Scout Profile: 2-stars, #131 OLB
ESPN Profile: 2-stars, 73, #133 OLB
MaxPreps Profile

Notes: He finished the season for 5A State Champions Miramar with a million tackles and has blazing speed, running a 4.5 with a 32" vertical. Unfortunately, the senior captain had to sit out the second half of the championship game with a dislocated ankle. It seems like he would have a ton more offers if he had a little more size on him.

DT Frank Boenzi | Geneva HS (Geneva, IL)
Frank Boenzi

6'3" 305 lbs / 40 time: 5.0 secs / Bench max: 330 | Youtube | Commitment Story

Rivals Profile: 3-stars, 5.5, #14 player in IL (May)
Scout Profile: 2-stars, #109 DT
ESPN Profile: 2-stars, 72, #141 DT

Recruited by: P.J. Fleck

2009 Stats: 75 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries
Awards: Chicago Tribune 1st Team All-State, Sun-Times All-Area, Daily Herald All-Area

Notes: Boenzi would have been a top-tier BCS prospect if he had the grades. NIU gave him the offer to greyshirt his freshman year, so his scholarship will count against the 2011 class if he succeeds in the classroom. It's next to impossible to find this combination of size and speed as a mid-major. Nickname is "Frank the Tank"

WR Jayme Wells | Kimberly HS (Combined Locks, WI)

5'11" 185 lbs | Youtube

Scout Profile (2009): 2-stars, #156 S
#10 Player in Wisconsin per WSN

Awards: All-State both at WR and DB, Wisconsin AP Player of the Year

Stats: Offense - 48 rec for 1,061 yds and 23 TDs. Defense - 34 tackles (19 solo) & 4 INTs.

Notes: Just an insane athlete who will continue playing infield for the baseball team in the Spring after redshirting last year. Led his team to state championships in football his junior and senior years along with a baseball title as a sophomore.