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    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Northwestern is set to welcome a large signing class on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
    Northwestern is set to welcome a large signing class on Wednesday, Feb. 1.




    Feb. 1, 2012

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Signing Day is here, and is your source for official Wildcat Signing Day coverage.

    Video Coverage of Signing Day
    Northwestern's 11:30 a.m. (CT) news conference will be broadcast live to all subscribers of NU's All-Access audio/video service. In addition, the popular highlight videos for every new Wildcat also will be released exclusively on and Twitter. (Please note that ONLY members of the media can attend the news conference.)

    Official News Release/Bios
    Just prior to the official announcement at 11:30 a.m., Northwestern's official news release will be posted on

    Good morning from Evanston! We are ready to unveil our first signee -- remember that prospects can fax their National Letters of Intent (NLI) starting at 7 a.m. local time, so we expect to receive NLI's from our Eastern time zone student-athletes in the next hour.

    And before I forget, I'd like to thank our Signing Day sponsors -- Mazda and Galaxie Home Remodeling. (No, I'm not driving a new car today -- but I need one -- and my home still looks the same.)

    6:04 a.m. CT -- CONNOR MAHONEY! -- Connor is our first signee -- congrats! Connor is the first of an expected five signees today from the Keystone state.

    Video Highlights of Connor Mahoney!

    6:06 a.m. CT -- JAYLEN PRATER -- Jaylen is a linebacker from Wellston H.S. in Ohio -- welcome Jaylen! Wellston is in south central Ohio, southeast of Columbus

    Video Highlights of Jaylen Prater!

    Make sure to follow our Twitter account @NU_sports for video highlights of our signees!

    6:10 a.m. CT -- KENTON PLAYKO -- Our second signee from the Buckeye state. Kenton is a 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive tackle from Lewis Center, Ohio, which is just north of Columbus.

    Video Highlights of Kenton Playko!

    6:19 a.m. CT -- JACK SCHWABA -- Signee No. 4 is a big superback from Upper St. Clair H.S. in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. Congrats Jack! Upper St. Clair has produced several prominent athletes -- former PSU linebacker Sean Lee (now with the Cowboys), Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, former NFL head coach Todd Haley and former MLB All-Star Sean Casey -- quite a group!

    Video Highlights of Jack Schwaba!

    6:29 a.m. CT -- ERIC OLSON -- Eric is our first Massachusetts signee since Brendan Smith, aka "Smitty," was on the roster a few years back. Welcome Eric! Eric is another big offensive tackle -- 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds.

    Video Highlights of Eric Olson!

    6:33 a.m. CT -- GREG KUHAR -- As many of you know, Greg's older brother, Ben, is a wrestler for the Wildcats. Welcome Greg! Greg is a big defensive tackle from Ohio state power St. Ed's.

    Video Highlights of Greg Kuhar!

    6:35 a.m. CT -- CHRIS FITZPATRICK -- Chris is our only special teams player in this class, a long snapper from Lawrenceburg, Ky. How many times during his career will he be called Chris Fitzgerald?? Congrats Chris! :)

    Video Highlights of Chris Fitzpatrick!

    6:37 a.m. CT -- ADAM DePIETRO -- Welcome aboard Adam! Adam's last name is pronounced da-PEET-roh. He's another big offensive tackle from Lancaster, Pa.

    Video Highlights of Adam DePietro!

    6:41 a.m. CT -- ERIC WILSON -- Our only signee from the Wolverine state is Eric Wilson, an outside linebacker from Redford. Congrats Eric!

    Video Highlights of Eric Wilson!

    6:46 a.m. CT -- ANDREW SCANLAN -- Welcome Andrew! Andrew is a 6-foot-2 receiver from Royersford, Pa., which sits just to the north of Philadelphia.

    Video Highlights of Andrew Scanlan!

    In the past 45 minutes, nearly half of the Wildcats' 2012 recruiting class is signed and sealed.

    Once again, a big shout out to our Signing Day blog sponsors, Mazda and Galaxie Home Remodeling. Galaxie also is a sponsor of "Wildcat Insider," our weekly radio show on WGN which usually airs on Friday evenings. This week's guest is Pat Fitzgerald, so make sure to listen and find out about the Wildcats' 2012 recruiting class.

    Check out the embedded video for behind-the-scenes footage from the football office in the 6 a.m. hour -- thanks to Rob Coons, one of my many terrific staff members helping us today. Also a big thanks to our social media king Doug Meffley and assistant football contact Scott Hammer and athletic communications intern Michael Black!

    7:06 a.m. CT -- JOSEPH JONES -- Our first Illinois signee is in -- safety Joseph Jones from Plano! Welcome Joseph.

    Video Highlights of Joseph Jones!

    7:08 a.m. CT -- IFEADI ODENIGBO -- Wildcat fans, here's the most important thing you need to know about our latest signee -- how to pronounce his name: it's if-AH-dee o-DEN-uh-bo -- Welcome Ifeadi! Ifeadi is projected as an outside linebacker for the 'Cats and is a highly touted player from Ohio prep power Centerville, a suburb of Dayton.

    Here's a cool YouTube video on Ifeadi and his success in the classroom.

    7:12 a.m. CT -- IAN PARK -- Ian is our second player from Pittsburgh's Upper St. Clair H.S. to commit today to the 'Cats! Welcome Ian! That makes it three straight years the Wildcats have signed a pair of players from the same high school. Trevor Siemian and Rashad Lawrence from Olympia H.S. in 2010, and Geoff Mogus and Deonte Gibson from St. Edward H.S. in 2011.

    Video Highlights of Ian Park!

    7:14 a.m. CT -- MALIN JONES -- Congrats Malin! Malin was the first oral commit in this year's signing class. He committed to the Wildcats on Oct. 24, 2010 -- not 2011 -- and he is believed to be the earliest player to commit to the Wildcat football program.

    With the signings of Joseph Jones and Malin Jones, the Wildcats are expected to have SIX players with the last name Jones on their 2012 roster.

    Video Highlights of Malin Jones!

    7:18 a.m. CT -- DAN VITALE -- Dan is our second superback in this class to commit. Welcome Dan! Dan hails from the Chicago suburb of Wheaton and played at Wheaton-Warrenville South.

    Video Highlights of Dan Vitale!

    Don't forget to email Doug Meffley at if you have a question for Coach Fitzgerald. The best questions will be used in today's 11:30 a.m. CT news conference, which you can watch on

    • Our second behind-the-scenes video courtesy of Rob Coons is up and embedded here! Coach Fitz takes a minute to give a brief overview of his signing class, including one recruit he's known longer than his own son, Brendan.

    7:27 a.m. CT -- DWIGHT WHITE -- Welcome Dwight, our first Lone Star state signee! Dwight is from the Houston area and hails from Cy-Fair H.S., which produced another recent Wildcat player, running back Omar Conteh.

    Video Highlights of Dwight White!

    Quick Signing Day fact: With an expected 21 commits, this will be Coach Fitz's largest signing day class. The Wildcats signed 20 players in 2008.

    8:03 a.m. CT -- MIKE McHUGH -- Mike was a star receiver for the Kirkwood Pioneers in suburban St. Louis. Welcome Mike! Mike is the first Kirkwood player to join the Wildcats since the esteemed Darren Drexler played for the 'Cats in the mid-90s.

    Video Highlights of Mike McHugh!

    By the way, the weather in Chicago is just a bit different than it was one year ago today. Last year, we battled "Snowmageddon" and the blizzard of all blizzards. This year, no snow and extremely mild temperatures. Yesterday, it was nearly 60 degrees in Chicago.

    8:17 a.m. CT -- DEAN LOWRY -- Dean is our fourth Land of Lincoln product to sign with the 'Cats, hailing from Boylan High in Rockford. Congrats Dean!

    Video Highlights of Dean Lowry!

    8:23 a.m. CT -- TRAVEON HENRY -- Enduring some fax machine challenges, Traveon's NLI has arrived. Congrats Traveon! By the way, he pronounces his first name TRAW-vee-on. Traveon is our final Eastern time zone prospect to sign.

    Video Highlights of Traveon Henry!

    8:39 a.m. CT -- STEPHEN BUCKLEY -- Signee No. 20 is in -- running back Stephen Buckley -- welcome! Stephen, who starred as a dual-threat QB at North Forney High in Texas is expected to start his NU career at running back.

    Video Highlights of Stephen Buckley!

    The Wildcats are expecting one more signee, and we expect the NLI to arrive after 9 a.m. CT.

    While we wait for our final signee, wants to thank Aaron Hosmon, NU's director of compliance, for his assistance today.

    A reminder to NU fans that Coach Fitz will hold his news conference at 11:30 a.m. CT before heading downtown to Ditka's for the NGN Signing Day reception. And at 3:30 p.m., the Big Ten Network will air its 90-minute Signing Day show.

    10:02 a.m. CT -- TERRANCE BROWN -- And the 2012 class is complete! Welcome Terrance, our lone West Coast signee. Terrance hails from Los Alamitos, Calif., and is one of three projected safeties in this year's class.

    Video Highlights of Terrance Brown!

    Thanks again to our sponsors, Mazda and Galaxie Home Remodeling, as well as my terrific athletic communications staff for all of their assistance today. Time to get ready for our news conference. All the signees' bios, etc., will be posted on shortly.

    Go Cats!

    Email Your Questions to Fitz!
    Email us Wednesday morning (Feb. 1) with a question you'd like to have Coach Fitzgerald answer during his noon news conference. (we will ask the top five fan questions at the news conference!) You can send your questions to

    Ditka's Signing Day Reception
    Northwestern's Gridiron Network (NGN) invites NGN members and Wildcat fans to this year's 2012 Signing Day Reception, set for Wednesday at Chicago's Mike Ditka's Restaurant (100 E. Chestnut Street). The reception, which is free to NGN members and $40 for guests and non-NGN members (per person), begins at 1 p.m. and runs through 3 p.m. Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald will announce the newest members of the 2012 team at approximately 2 p.m. A bus will depart Ryan Field for Ditka's at 12:15 p.m. and return to Ryan Field at 3:30 p.m. Please RSVP (yes only) for the event (bus seat, too) by Jan. 29, 2012 to Jean Yale at or 847-491-3694. Parking is available at Ryan Field for $10 (space is limited).

    Big Ten Network to Air National Football Signing Day Special
    The Big Ten Network (BTN) will air a 90-minute special beginning at 3:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday with the Football Signing Day Special. The 90-minute program will feature video highlights of top recruits, university press conferences, exclusive interviews with Big Ten coaches and expert recruiting analysis.

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