2012 NFL Draft Capsule: DT Fletcher Cox

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2012 NFL Draft Capsule: DT Fletcher Cox

Fletcher Cox (DT), Mississippi State
6-4 295 lbs.

2011 Stats:
56 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 5 sacks, FF

Projection:
Mid first round

Strengths:
Possesses an athletic looking frame with a long set of arms and has the frame to get even bigger. The more space he's in the better off he is because he can use his athleticism to shed blockers. Cox is at his best stopping plays before they start by knifing his way into the backfield and fighting his way through contact. He can cross the face of defenders inside and use his length to keep himself clean. (National Football Post)

Weaknesses:
He doesn't do a great job sitting into his stance off the football. Gets a bit upright off the ball in the run game and too often allows defenders to get under his pad level and create a push inside. He isn't over instinctive as well when asked to find the football and takes himself out of his fair share of plays. Also, his power on his bull rush is negated because he stands upright into contact, looking to simply lower his head at the point and doesn't keep his legs under him. (National Football Post)

Fit for the Bears:
The question surrounding Cox is: Will he be a defensive end or defensive tackle in the NFL? If the Bears see him as an end, he could be someone they snatch up if he falls to No. 19. Being nearly 300 lbs, Cox generated buzz at the NFL Combine and wowed scouts with his athleticism. Chicago is desperately seeking a pash-rushing end and their first round selection could come down to either Cox, Whitney Mercilus or Quinton Coples.

DePaul basketball program on the rise after landing 5-star recruit Tyger Campbell

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DePaul basketball program on the rise after landing 5-star recruit Tyger Campbell

DePaul hoops received a huge boost this week as five-star recruit Tyger Campbell committed to the university.

The elite point guard recruit out of La Lumiere, will join the Class of 2018, choosing DePaul over schools like Michigan State, Illinois and Memphis.

"I like DePaul and honestly my coach (Shane Heirman) just went there and we have a great connection and he's always had my back," Campbell told Scout.com. "I like [DePaul] coach Dave Leitao, too. I like his program and he's an intelligent guy.

"Mainly what I like about the school is I want to help bring it back. I love Chicago; it's a great city. I want to bring the city a college back to cheer for."

Campbell also said the Blue Demons' new Wintrust Arena at McCormick Place Event Center, which is slated to open this fall, is a big draw for him.

The Blue Demons are a combined 18-45 the last two seasons and hasven't had a winning season since 2006-07 when they went 20-14 and made the NIT Quarterfinals.

The program last made the NCAA Tournament in 2003-04 during Leitao's first stint as the team's head coach.

Northern Illinois adds running back Fotis Kokosioulis

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Northern Illinois adds running back Fotis Kokosioulis

Northern Illinois University added it's fourth known verbal commitment today in its growing Class of 2018.

Maine South junior running back Fotis Kokosioulis (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) added an offer from the Huskies on Tuesday after making a spring practice visit, and today he gave head coach Rod Carey his verbal commitment.

"I chose NIU because it's been a school that I've liked for awhile now," Kokosioulis said moments ago. "I like the facilities at NIU, the stadium and everything else they have to offer. I also really like all the coaches at NIU. I felt that even if I got more offers I would've still chose NIU over other schools. I know that there are bigger school and programs but I feel that I just fit in well at NIU, so I committed."

Kokosioulis, who was an All-State performer for the Class 8A state champion Maine South Hawks in 2016, is now the fourth known in-state verbal commitment for Rod Carey and the Huskies and the fifth known commitment overall. Kokosioulis joins Andrew defensive end Mike DeHaan, Plainfield East defensive end Jack Sullivan and Danville tight end Julian Pearl in the NIU Huskies in-state Class of 2018.