“I am really excited about every new member of the Huskie family,” said NIU Head Coach Rod Carey, who welcomed his third class of recruits to NIU. “I feel like all 30 of these student-athletes bring the number one ingredient we always look for, which is they want to be at NIU. I’m really happy with the size and speed of this class, but just as important as all of their physical attributes is that that they will be assets to our community and do a great job of representing NIU.”
The class boasts 16 offensive players and 14 defensive players from 10 different states. NIU brought in 11 recruits from Illinois and an additional six from Wisconsin to comprise the bulk of the class. Rounding out the group are two signees apiece from Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota and Missouri, plus one each from Arkansas, Iowa and Texas.
“Obviously, the crux of our recruiting is always going to be in the Midwest, starting in Illinois,” Carey said. “As our national brand grows, you can see that reflected in our recruiting with 10 states represented.”
After losing five offensive linemen to graduation, the Huskies inked six O-linemen in this year’s signing class, including five from America’s Dairyland. The 2015 class also includes four running backs, another position hit hard by graduation, and three wide receivers. Rounding out the offense are two tight ends and a quarterback.
“This class is pretty evenly split with offensive and defensive players,” Carey said. “Offensively, the need was up front with the o-line, and we bolstered ours wide receiver and running back positions, where you can never have enough speed. It’s great to have another Santacaterina with the Huskies for another five years. Obviously they are a great family; Daniel is an outstanding quarterback and we look forward to his development and leadership.”
On defense, NIU signed six defensive backs and four defensive linemen while adding depth at linebacker with four incoming freshmen at that position.
“Defensively, bringing in another crop of defensive backs was at the forefront of what we were trying to do,” Carey continued. “The versatility of the guys we signed there gives us a lot of things we can do. The four guys we are bringing in up front also give us a lot of flexibility, and I’m excited about our linebackers as well.”
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Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. High School Hometown
1. D.J. Brown RB 5-9 177 Fr. North Little Rock North Little Rock, Ark.
2. Adam Buirge WR 6-0 180 Fr. Park Center Minneapolis, Minn.
3. Josh Corcoran LB 6-3 219 Fr. Lakeville South Lakeville, Minn.
4. Daniel Crawford TE 6-3 230 Fr. Dakota Macomb, Mich.
5. Mason Fleury LB 6-2 190 Fr. Hampshire Elgin, Ill.
6. Trayshon Foster DB 6-1 190 Fr. Tuscaloosa Academy Tuscaloosa, Ala.
7. Cassius Grady DB 5-10 175 Fr. Arlington Arlington, Texas
8. Jeffrey Hill DB 5-9 165 Fr. Miramar Hollywood, Fla.
9. Jake Hlava DL 6-3 220 Fr. Batavia Batavia, Ill.
10. Quintin Hoosman RB 5-11 195 Fr. Plainfield North Plainfield, Ill.
11. Marquis Howard DB 6-1 180 Fr. Lee Montgomery, Ala.
12. Vincent Hughes OL 6-6 255 Fr. Franklin Franklin, Wis.
13. Marcus Jones RB 5-10 185 Fr. Brother Rice Oak Lawn, Ill.
14. Marcus Kelly DL 6-4 230 Fr. West Waukesha, Wis.
15. Corey Kennedy DB 5-9 163 Fr. Oswego East Oswego, Ill.
16. Robert Kraklow OL 6-4 295 Fr. Mukwonago Mukwonago, Wis.
17. Steven Lee WR 6-3 215 Fr. Centennial Champaign, Ill.
18. Allen Letterer III LB 6-1 215 Fr. DeKalb DeKalb, Ill.
19. Max Morris DL 6-2 235 Fr. Dowling Catholic West Des Moines, Iowa
20. Kyle Pugh LB 6-1 215 Fr. Bloom Chicago Heights, Ill.
21. Ryan Roberts TE 6-6 240 Fr. Northville Pinckney, Mich.
22. Daniel Santacaterina QB 6-2 200 Fr. Geneva Community Geneva, Ill.
23. Alex Schlee OL 6-5 285 Fr. Germantown Germantown, Wis.
24. Sutton Smith RB 6-0 193 Fr. Francis Howell Saint Charles, Mo.
25. Trequan Smith DB 6-0 170 Fr. Boynton Beach Boynton Beach, Fla.
26. Jordan Steckler OL 6-5 293 Fr. Two Rivers Two Rivers, Wis.
27. Spencer Tears WR 6-2 175 Fr. H.L. Richards Oak Lawn, Ill.
28. Scott Topole OL 6-5 255 Fr. Cary-Grove Cary, Ill.
29. Nathan Veloz OL 6-4 310 Fr. Oak Creek Oak Creek, Wis.
30. Quintin Wynne DL 6-2 225 Fr. Christian Brothers St. Louis, Mo.