NIU picks up seventh in-state commitment for 2018 class with Palatine linebacker Cortez Hogans

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NIU picks up seventh in-state commitment for 2018 class with Palatine linebacker Cortez Hogans

Rod Carey's staff has been putting in overtime on the recruiting front over the past few weeks and Wednesday night added its seventh known in-state verbal commitment when Palatine outside linebacker Cortez Hogans pledged to the Huskies.

"NIU just has a lot to offer," Hogans said. "I really like all of the coaches at NIU. They all seem like good guys and guys who can help me grow and develop. NIU is also close to home, and my family and friends can get to see me play in college. I was also really impressed at how hard they work at NIU. I was able to go see a few practices in person, and they just really go hard and get after it every day. NIU also offers strong academics, and everything just seemed to come together for me at NIU."

Hogans is the seventh known in-state verbal commitment in NIU's Class of 2018. Hogans joins Andrew defensive end Mike DeHaan, Decatur MacArthur wide receiver Amir Brummett, Rich Central wide receiver Jyran Mitchell, Plainfield East defensive end Jack Sullivan, Phillips defensive tackle Queneil Morrison and Maine South running back Fotis Kokosioulis.

Recruiting News and Notes: Jyran Mitchell commits to NIU

Recruiting News and Notes: Jyran Mitchell commits to NIU

Jyran Mitchell (ATH), Rich Central

Rich Central senior athlete Jyran Mitchell (6-foot-0, 190 pounds) decided to end his recruiting process on Tuesday night by giving Northern Illinois his verbal commitment.

"I decided to commit to NIU," Mitchell said. "I looked at all of my options and NIU just feels like the right fit so I called up the NIU coaches and gave them my commitment."

Mitchell, who was recruited by the Huskies as a wide receiver, discussed some of the factors that led to his decision.

"I really like the coaches at NIU," Mitchell said. "My wide receivers coach at NIU is Steve Crutchley who also coached my older brother in college and he's a great guy and a great coach as well. I just came away from NIU knowing that it's a strong family bond in the football program. I looked at my options and NIU just stood out from the rest of the schools."

Shaneal Greene (WR), Carmel

Carmel senior wide receiver Shaneal Greene (6-foot-3, 18-0 pounds) also made his college decision on Tuesday night when he announced that he'd given Indiana State his verbal commitment.

Greene will play for former Wyoming assistant coach and new Sycamores head coach Curt Mallory, who has been a long time recruiter in the Chicagoland area for schools such as Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.

Mario Wright II (ILB), Homewood-Flossmoor

Homewood-Flossmoor senior three-star inside linebacker Mario Wright II (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) released his Top 6 favorite schools list. His list includes Syracuse, Western Michigan, Wyoming, Western Kentucky, NIU and Miami (OH). Wright II has offers from all six schools.

Anthony Williams Jr. (RB), Simeon

One of the Class of 2019 names to watch this summer is Simeon running back Anthony Williams Jr. (5-foot-11, 187 pounds), who has posted a handful of very impressive college camp performances recently. Williams Jr. has early offers from NIU, Central Michigan, South Dakota State and Arkansas State.

"I camped so far at both NIU and Illinois," Williams Jr. said. "I ended up getting a scholarship offer from NIU after the camp. The Illinois coaches told me after the camp that they haven't offered anyone from the 2019 class just yet, but they really liked my camp and want me to call them weekly."

Williams Jr. is also preparing for a once in a lifetime two-week trip this summer.

"I'm going on a two-week trip to China on July 1," Williams Jr. said. "It's part of a program with the Urban League in Chicago. I'm one of 24 student selected to go on the trip from all different Chicago high schools. I had to interview and apply for it and it's going to be a trip of a lifetime. I'll be gone the first two weeks in July and fortunately I won't miss any of our football team camp. It's pretty exciting to get the opportunity to go to China."