2012 NFL Draft Capsule: WR Mohamed Sanu

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2012 NFL Draft Capsule: WR Mohamed Sanu

Mohamed Sanu (WR), Rutgers
6-2 215 lbs.

2011 Stats:
115 REC, 1206 YDS, 7 TD

Projection:
Second round

Strengths:
Mohamed is an imposing physical specimen with a long set of arms, strong looking frame who certainly looks the part of a starting caliber NFL wide receiver. Showcases a natural burst to his game out of breaks, both in the three-step game and on breaking routes. He possesses excellent foot quickness and coordination for somebody his size. Uses his body well to put a corner on his hip and has the length and hands to consistently pluck off his frame. Also, has the length and leaping ability to get the football when its located anywhere near him with the hand size and length to make some really impressive one handed plucks. (National Football Post)

Weaknesses:
He isn't that clean off the line, had a tendency to take a negative initial step, chopping his back foot before sinking his hips and getting into his route. His hands are a bit inconsistent and fights the football into his body too often. He's still developing as a route runner and his game is still 'raw.' Also, he isn't overly explosive in the open field. (National Football Post)

Fit for the Bears:
With Sanu, the talent is clearly there, but he may take some time to develop into a No. 1 NFL receiver. Some scouts compare him physically to Giants' wideout Hakeem Nicks. Although the Bears have brought in Brandon Marshall, Devin Thomas and Eric Weems this offseason, the team is still looking to add a wide receiver in the draft. Sanu could be the perfect type of player to groom behind Marshall and Earl Bennett and make an impact in Chicago's offense by his second NFL season.

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.

High School coaches 'leave no stone unturned' in helping players explore next level

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Photo at top: Loyola Academy assistant coach Paul Pryma extends his hand toward a Steinmetz High School player during pregame introductions on Feb. 21. (Andres Waters/MEDILL)

High School coaches 'leave no stone unturned' in helping players explore next level

By Andres Waters
Special Contributor to CSNChicago.com

After Loyola Academy held off rival New Trier 43-40 to win the 2017 Zion-Benton regional championship, Ramblers head coach Tom Livatino had a special message for his players.

"That's the best celebration that I have ever been a part of," Livatino said. "Because everybody was completely about love. You guys love each other and we all can tell. I'm really, really proud just to be one of our coaches."

While the speech was a powerful way for Livatino to tell the players of his appreciation, he and other high school coaches engage in something much bigger to show players how proud they are: college recruiting.

In addition to time spent planning and practicing, coaches also sacrifice countless hours each week helping their players find opportunities to play at the next level.

"It's a really long part of the process, but to be honest, it's a part of the job that I absolutely love," Livatino said. "We demand so much of our players in every aspect. And, from a basketball standpoint, the least I could do is everything in my power to help them out."

Less than 48 hours after the Ramblers completed their season with a loss to Evanston Township in the Waukegan Sectional semifinal, Livatino was back in his office holding individual meetings with each player.

Starting with the 10 departing seniors, Livatino discussed the factors that go into choosing a college for high school athletes.

His conversations with the two players who already committed, senior guards Ramar Evans and Matt Lynch, focused on how they felt about their next steps. With the others, Livatino asked whether they wanted to play at the next level and, if so, which schools they wanted to attend that shared an interest in them. The conversations held with the Ramblers' juniors are very similar.

"I wasn't just looking for basketball, I was looking for a fit academically and socially," said Lynch, who committed to Division III St. Norbert College. "[Livatino] said St. Norbert would be the best fit for me. It fit everything I was looking for."

Read the full story at Medill Reports Chicago.

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