2012 NFL Draft Capsule: SS Harrison Smith

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2012 NFL Draft Capsule: SS Harrison Smith

Harrison Smith (SS), Notre Dame
6-2 214 lbs.
2011 Stats:
90 tackles, 3 TFL, 10 PD, FF

Projection:
Late first-early second round
Strengths:
Smith is very effective when playing downhill inside the box and consistently gets early jumps on the ball, reads and reacts quickly. He generates good power into contact when working in pursuit and uses his strong upper body to wrap up. He's projected as playing a center field type role as an NFL strong safety. (National Football Post)

Weaknesses:
He gets upright and will get overextended with footwork when looking to close in on a ball-carrier. Smith lacks great straight-line speed and struggles to get back up to speed quickly. Scouts say Smith isn't the type of player you want to trust to run with receivers down the field. (National Football Post)

Fit for the Bears:
The Bears are always looking for the perfect fit for the Cover 2 defense, so finding a way to land Smith in the first or second round could be a move they make. The Notre Dame product wont win many foot races, but his balance and instincts have scouts raving about what he may develop into at the pro level. Smith can tackle about as well as any safety in this draft class, but he will need to prove he can continue to elevate his coverage skills.

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.