2012 NFL Draft Capsule: TE Dwayne Allen

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2012 NFL Draft Capsule: TE Dwayne Allen

Dwayne Allen (TE), Clemson
6-3 255 lbs.

2011 Stats:
50 REC, 598 YDS, 8 TD

Projection:
Second round

Strengths:
Possesses a thicker, compact frame with a strongly put together core and base. Has a big set of hands and lined-up all over the Clemson offense showcasing the versatility to do the same thing in the NFL. Is a good move blocker who has some range getting into the second level and takes solid angles into contact. Looks more explosive off the line when split out, showcasing the body control, foot quickness and fluidity to snap out of his breaks on sharply breaking routes and create separation. (National Football Post)

Weaknesses:
Doesn't do a great job keeping his base down into contact, which allows defenders to get under him initially in the run game. Needs to learn to play lower and his problems with leverage might always be an issue because he seems to lack ideal length. His lack of length is even more obvious in pass protection where he is consistently forced to lock his arms in order to try to stay on defenders through contact. Possesses good hands, but will get caught being forced to double catch at times. (National Football Post)

Fit for Bears:
Allen looks the part and is an extremely versatile tight end, which is more important than ever in the NFL right now. He is a solid blocker and has reliable hands, but being in the right offense will be crucial to his success at the next level. If Mike Tice and the Bears land Allen, they must let him showcase his skills in various formations. Allens ceiling is much higher than current tight ends Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth.

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.