2012 NFL Draft Capsule: LB Luke Kuechly

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2012 NFL Draft Capsule: LB Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly (LB), Boston College
6-3 237 lbs.

2011 Stats:
191 tackles, 12 TFL, 3 INT, 2 QBH

Projection:
Early-to-mid first round
Strengths:
Kuechly is one of the best pure tacklers in the country and does a good job lowering his pad level into contact and wrapping up on a consistent basis. He takes excellent angles in pursuit and showcases plus instincts inside vs. the running game. He uses his inside hand well to keep blockers at bay once he side steps contact. (National Football Post)
Weaknesses:
He isn't overly long and opposing lineman will wrap him up and engulf on contact. Kuechly isn't the most powerful athlete on contact and isn't going to force a ton of fumbles at the next level. He's just an above-average open field tackler. (National Football Post)

Fit for the Bears:
It would be a shock if Kuechly fell to the Bears at No. 19 since he's considered the top linebacker in the draft. With Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs getting up there in age, the linebacker position is one Chicago must address in the near future. Kuechly could start on the outside and once Urlacher retires, he would take over at MLB. Those three would arguably give the Bears the best linebacking corps in the NFL, but it's a pipe dream that Kuechly will still be on the board at 19.

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.