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    Northwestern Announces 2012 Football Signing Class

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    The 21 signees represent the largest recruiting class in Pat Fitzgerald's six years as NU's head coach.

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    The 21 signees represent the largest recruiting class in Pat Fitzgerald's six years as NU's head coach.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Feb. 1, 2012

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    SKIP MYSLENSKI SIGNING DAY BLOG: Recruiting, A Year-Round Occupation

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald and the Northwestern University football program announced today the signing of 21 recruits to National Letters of Intent.

    This year's class features 10 offensive players, 10 defensive players and one specialist. Northwestern's 21 commits hail from 10 states. The Wildcats signed 13 of their 21 players from three states-five from Pennsylvania, four from Illinois and four from Ohio. Northwestern also landed players from Texas (2), California (1), Florida (1), Kentucky (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1) and Missouri (1).

    In addition, Northwestern announced this past weekend the addition of highly touted wide receiver Kyle Prater (Maywood, Ill./Proviso West), who is transferring to Northwestern from USC.

    NGN Signing Day Luncheon at Ditka's

    "Obviously, we're excited about this recruiting class," said NU Coach Pat Fitzgerald. "There are some tremendous young men from great families and great high school programs who, we believe, fit all our needs and will help us take the next step in becoming a championship program. I want to thank all of our support staff for all that they've done and all of their efforts in recruiting this class."

    Northwestern graduated 25 student-athletes from its 2011 bowl squad, 12 of them offensive players and the other 13 on defense. The Wildcats are returning 11 starters in 2012, along with all of their key specialists.

    Signing Day Notes:

    • The breakdown on NU's signees, by position: offensive line (4), defensive backs (4), defensive line (3), linebacker (3), wide receivers (2), running backs (2), superback (2) and long snapper (1).
    • The 21 signees represent the largest recruiting class in Pat Fitzgerald's six years as NU's head coach. Ironically, the 21-member class does not include a quarterback. Northwestern signed 20 players in 2008 and 19 in 2007.
    • For the third straight year, Northwestern added a pair of players from the same high school-Ian Park and Jack Schwaba from Upper St. Clair H.S., a suburb of Pittsburgh. Geoff Mogus and Deonte Gibson from St. Edward H.S. in suburban Cleveland joined the 'Cats in 2011 after NU snagged Trevor Siemian and Rashad Lawrence from Olympia High School in Orlando in 2010.
    • With the addition of Joseph Jones and Malin Jones, NU is expected to have six players with the last name Jones on its 2012 roster.
    • There are 16 team captains in this class.
    • Northwestern received oral commitments from 13 of its 21 signees prior to the start of their senior football season (before Aug. 15).
    • Facebook played a role in the recruitment of all 21 signees.

    Northwestern's 2012 Recruiting Class
    PlayerPos.Ht.Wt.HometownHigh School
    Terrance BrownS6-1195Los Alamitos, Calif.Los Alamitos
    Stephen BuckleyRB6-0178Forney, TexasNorth Forney
    Adam DePietroOT6-5270Lancaster, Pa.Lancaster Catholic
    Chris FitzpatrickLS6-2230Lawrenceburg, Ky.Anderson County
    Traveon HenryS6-1200Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.Pine Crest
    Joseph JonesS6-1200Plano, Ill.Plano
    Malin JonesRB6-0205Naperville, Ill.Joliet Catholic
    Greg KuharDT6-3275Concord Township, OhioSt. Edward
    Dean LowryDE6-6230Rockford, Ill.Boylan
    Connor MahoneyDT6-4260Malvern, Pa.Malvern
    Mike McHughWR6-3185Kirkwood, Mo.Kirkwood
    Ifeadi OdenigboOLB6-3217Centerville, OhioCenterville
    Eric OlsonOT6-6285Sudbury, Mass.Buckingham Browne & Nichols
    Ian ParkOG6-4295Pittsburgh, Pa.Upper St. Clair
    Kenton PlaykoOT6-5270Lewis Center, OhioOlentangy
    Jaylen PraterOLB6-0215Hamden, OhioWellston
    Andrew ScanlanWR6-2200Royersford, Pa.Spring Ford
    Jack SchwabaSB6-4225Upper St. Clair, Pa.Upper St. Clair
    Dan VitaleSB6-2220Wheaton, Ill.Wheaton-Warrenville South
    Dwight WhiteCB5-10178Cypress, TexasCy-Fair
    Eric WilsonOLB6-2205Redford, Mich.Thurston

    Terrance Brown
    6-1 - 195
    Los Alamitos, Calif. - Los Alamitos
    Projected Position: Safety

    High School: Played safety for Los Alamitos High School, recording 77 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles in six games ... Named to the Orange County All-Star Game ... Ranked No. 64 nationally among safeties by 247Sports ... Ranked No. 155 nationally among safeties by Scout.com ... Four-year letterman for the Griffins ... Honor roll student ... Coached by John Barnes.

    Personal: Born Terrance Jaydin Brown ... Son of Bridget Brown and Andrew Brown.

    Stephen Buckley
    6-0 - 178
    Forney, Texas - North Forney
    Projected Position: Running Back

    High School: Starred at quarterback for North Forney, earning 2011 district MVP honors ... Ranked No. 89 in Dallas Morning News Area Top 100 ... Named 2010 Team MVP ... Named 2010 Performance Course Outstanding Leader and 2009 Performance Course Star of the Year ... Rushed for 329 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 1,387 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior ... As a senior, rushed for 1,352 yards and 25 touchdowns and threw 923 yards and eight touchdowns ... Highlights include passing for three touchdowns and running for the winning score in the school's first playoff game; a 94-yard touchdown run in a playoff game; and scoring five rushing touchdowns in a regular season game ... Two-year letterman in both football and track ... Honor roll student ... Coached by Hank Semler.

    Personal: Born Stephen Andrew Buckley ... Son of Cynthia and John Buckley.

    Adam DePietro (pronounced da-PEET-ro)
    6-5 - 270
    Lancaster, Pa. - Lancaster Catholic
    Projected Position: Offensive Tackle

    High School: ESPN.com three-star, SuperPrep All-Midwest offensive lineman ... Ranked 14th best player in Pennsylvania and 46th nationally among offensive tackles by ESPN.com ... Ranked 18th among Pennsylvania players and 65th nationally by Rivals.com ... Ranked 26th among all Northeast players by SuperPrep ... Ranked 72nd nationally among offensive tackles by 247Sports ... A four-star offensive lineman by Scout.com ... Ranked 10th nationally among offensive guards by Scout.com ... 2011 Lancaster-Lebanon Player of the Year ... Twice named Lancaster-Lebanon League's Lineman of the Year (2010, 2011) in addition to being named Defensive Lineman of the Year and Offensive Lineman of the Year ... Two-time All-State selection ... Part of a Crusader team that was four-time Section 3 champions, three-time district champions and two-time state champions ... Selected to compete in the Chesapeake Bowl and Pennsylvania and Ohio's prestigious Big 33 game ... Was a two-year track and field letterman, two-year swimming letterman and one-year basketball letterman to complement lettering four years in football at Lancaster Catholic ... Coached by Bruce Harbach.

    Personal: Born Adam Joseph DePietro ... Son of Mary and Matt DePietro ... Both father and mother swam for Villanova University ... Plans to study economics at Northwestern.

    Chris Fitzpatrick
    6-2 - 230
    Lawrenceburg, Ky. - Anderson County
    Projected Position: Long Snapper

    High School: Regarded as one of the best long snappers in the country in 2012 ... Ranked third long snapper in the nation by Scout.com ... Ranked third nationally among long snappers by 247Sports ... Ranked No. 6 long snapper in the nation by ESPN.com ... Ranked seventh-best long snapper nationally by Chris Rubio ... Known for accuracy, strength and consistency when snapping ... Perfect snapping record while playing varsity (65/65 field goals, 9/9 punts and 43/43 extra points) ... 2011 Offensive Lineman Award, Special Teams Award MVP and Captain's Award at Anderson County High School ... Earned second-team all-state selection in 2012 ... Helped the Bearcats get to the Class 5A state title game in 2012 ... Named to the 2012 Best of the Bluegrass and Border Bowl All-Star Teams ... Nominated for the Herbal Life Long Snapper of the Year ... Top 12 Elite Team selection by Chris Rubio Long Snapping ... Was 2011 Top Long Snapper at the Chicago Nike Camp ... Earned 2011 Kentucky All-Academic Honorable Mention honors ... Three-year football letterman ... Lettered one year in baseball and three years in wrestling ... 2011 Kentucky state regional wrestling runner-up ... Coached by Mark Peach.

    Personal: Born Christopher Ryne Fitzpatrick ... Son of Angela and Michael Fitzpatrick ... Plans to study communications at Northwestern.

    Traveon Henry (pronounced TRAW-vee-on)
    6-1 - 200
    Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. - Pine Crest
    Projected Position: Safety

    High School: Rivals.com three-star honoree, ranked No. 33 running back in the country ... Scout.com three-star honoree, ranked No. 43 nationally among running backs ... First-team all-state for both football and basketball (2010, 2011) ... Miami-Herald Athlete of the Year in 2011 ... First-team all-county in football and basketball (2010, 2011) ... A versatile player for Pine Crest, rushing 74 times for 542 yards and cathing 14 passes for 267 yards on offense ... Made 57 stops (2 TFL's), five interceptions, three pass breakups and one blocked field goal on defense and special teams ... Totaled three special teams touchdowns (one blocked punt and two kick returns) ... Recorded five touchdowns in his first varsity game (one receiving, three rushing and one kick return) ... Attended same high school as Kevin Boothe of the New York Giants and Brandon Knight of the Detroit Pistons ... Coached by Tim Pletcher.

    Personal: Born Traveon Eddison Henry ... Son of Yvonne and Stafford Henry ... Brother, Travis, plays football at Yale ... Plans to study industrial engineering and management sciences at Northwestern.

    Joseph Jones
    6-1 - 200
    Plano, Ill. - Plano
    Projected Position: Safety

    High School: Ranked the 26th overall prospect in Illinois by 247Sports ... All-conference running back for Plano, rushing for 710 yards and eight touchdowns and hauling in 11 passes for 328 yards and five touchdowns in eight games ... Showed versatility and speed by completing a 38-yard pass and returning four punts for 71 yards and a score ... Three-star player, ranked No. 116 nationally at the safety position by Scout.com ... Ranked 41st overall player in Illinois by ESPN.com ... Four-year letterman in football and track, a three-year letterman in basketball ... State champion in 110 meter hurdles and sixth-place finisher in the 100 meter dash ... Earned academic all-conference honors for both football and track ... Team MVP for both football and track ... Coached by Jim Green.

    Personal: Born Joseph Edwin Jones ... Son of Joseph Jones and Shawn-Daria and Daniel Dowd ... Father Joseph was a hurdler at Purdue ... Plans to study communications at Northwestern.

    Malin Jones (pronounced MAY-lin)
    6-0 - 205
    Naperville, Ill. - Joliet Catholic
    Projected Position: Running Back

    High School: Rivals.com three-star running back ... Ranked 10th overall player in Illinois and 26th nationally among running backs by Rivals.com ... Regarded as the 23rd best running back in the nation and 11th best prospect in Illinois by 247Sports ... Ranked 42nd running back nationally by Scout.com ... Ranked 42nd best player in the Midwest by SuperPrep, earning All-Midwest honors ... No. 33 player in the state and No. 87 running back in the nation, according to ESPN.com ... Herald-News All-Area selection ... Chicago Tribune All-State selection ... Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl selection ... MaxPreps All-American selection, including No. 5 in Tom Lemming's Top-25 Big Backs ... Outstanding career at Joliet Catholic, rushing for 4,087 yards on 458 carries (9.0 yards per carry) and 57 touchdowns ... Rushed 195 times for 1,681 yards and 25 touchdowns and caught eight passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns in 2011 ... Also played safety and linebacker during senior year, totaling 35 tackles (23s/12a), an interception and a fumble recovery ... Broke the school's record for receiving yards in a game with 220 against Marist in regular season finale ... Ranks third all-time in Joliet Catholic history for rushing yards and sits in front of former NFL player Mike Alstott (3,893) ... Second place all-time in school history for touchdowns (65) and rushing touchdowns (57) ... First player to rush for over 1,000 yards in three different seasons Joliet Catholic history ... Led Hilltoppers to 2011 state final and helped set the state championship marks for most team rushing yards in a state final ... Lettered one year in track and played center for one year for the Hilltoppers basketball team ... Coached by Dan Sharp.

    Personal: Born Malin Asher Jones ... Son of Dolores and Earl Jones ... Father played nine seasons in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons ... Plans to study sociology at Northwestern.

    Greg Kuhar (pronounced KOO-har)
    6-3 - 275
    Concord Township, Ohio - St. Edward
    Projected Position: Defensive Tackle

    High School: Rivals.com four-star and ESPN.com three-star honoree ... Ranked 19th overall player in Ohio and 19th nationally among defensive tackles by Rivals.com ... SuperPrep All-Midwest honoree ... Ranked No. 52 nationally among defensive tackles by Scout.com ... Ranked No. 66 nationally among defensive tackles by 247Sports ... Third-team all-state selection ... Recorded 126 total tackles (42 TFL's) during his senior season for the Eagles, including 24 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... Made 98 total stops as a junior, 40 of which were for a loss, including 12 sacks ... A member St. Edward's 2010 Ohio state championship team that concluded the season with a 15-0 record ... Also lettered four years in wrestling at St. Edward and finished his career ranked second in the country at 285 lbs. ... Two-time state placer for wrestling (fourth and second place, respectively) and was the 2010 Freestyle Junior National Champion ... Coached by Rick Finotti.

    Personal: Born Gregory Richard Kuhar ... Son of Laurie and Kevin Kuhar ... Brother, Ben, is currently a redshirt senior on the Wildcats' wrestling team.

    Dean Lowry
    6-6 - 230
    Rockford, Ill. - Boylan
    Projected Position: Defensive End

    High School: ESPN.com three-star honoree ... Ranked 47th overall among defensive ends and 20th best prospect in Illinois by 247Sports ... Ranked 95th overall among defensive ends by Scout.com and 115th overall nationally among defensive ends by ESPN.com ... SuperPrep All-Midwest honoree ... Chicago Tribune All-State and Champaign-News Gazette All-State selection ... IHCA 7A All-State honoree ... Northern Illinois Conference (NIC-10) Defensive MVP and Team MVP ... Recorded 65 tackles, 21 TFL's and 10 sacks ... Lettered twice in football and was a member of back-to-back 14-0 Boylan teams ... Lettered one year in basketball as a center and played baseball his freshman year ... Honor roll during his junior and senior years at Boylan, earning a NIC-10 Scholar Athlete distinction ... Recognized for Excellence in Business Law and Excellence in Marketing ... Coached by Dan Appino.

    Personal: Born Dean Vincent Lowry ... Son of Margaret and John Lowry ... Played against 2012 Wildcat commit Dan Vitale and current NU player Jarrell Williams.

    Connor Mahoney
    6-4 - 260
    Malvern, Pa. - Malvern
    Projected Position: Defensive Tackle

    High School: ESPN.com three-star honoree ... Ranked 64th nationally among offensive guards and 33rd overall player in the state by ESPN.com ... Ranked No. 68 overall as a three-star offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com ... Ranked No. 56 overall prospect in the state by 247Sports ... First-team All-Southeastern Pennsylvania defensive selection ... First-team all-city, all-county, all-Inter-Ac, All-Main Line and all-state selection ... Team captain in his senior year ... Chesapeake Bowl selection ... A member of Malvern's 9-2, Inter-Ac championship team ... Coached by Kevin Pellegrini.

    Personal: Born Connor F. Mahoney ... Son of Teri and Regan Mahoney ... Plans to study economics at Northwestern.

    Mike McHugh
    6-3 - 185
    Kirkwood, Mo. - Kirkwood
    Projected Position: Wide Receiver

    High School: Rivals.com three-star honoree ... Ranked 15th overall player in Missouri by 247Sports ... Ranked 16th overall player in the state by Rivals.com ... First-team all-state and first-team All-Metro St. Louis selection ... ESPNHS Missouri Midseason Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 ... First-team Suburban South Conference selection ... Recorded 33 receptions for 980 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior ... Accumulated seven returns for 261 yards and three touchdowns in 2011 ... Recorded 20 tackles and three interceptions on defense ... Totaled 79 career receptions for 1,626 yards and 34 touchdowns for the Pioneers ... ESPN Suburban South Player of the Week, St. Louis Player of the Week and St. Louis Rams Player of the Week honors ... Led Pioneers to second-place finish at 5A state championship ... Coached by Matt Irvin.

    Personal: Born Michael Colin McHugh ... Son of Mary and Patrick McHugh ... Attended same high school as former Wildcat Darren Drexler and NFL players Jeremy Maclin, Mike McNeal, Alvin Miller and Marcus Harris ... Father played soccer at Missouri State.

    Ifeadi Odenigbo (pronounced if-AH-dee o-DEN-uh-bo)
    6-3 - 217
    Centerville, Ohio - Centerville
    Projected Position: Outside Linebacker

    High School: ESPN.com four-star (ESPNU 150), Under Armour All-American and SuperPrep All-America selection ... Ranked as No. 51 overall prospect by ESPN.com ... Ranked sixth-best defensive end and No. 1 player in the Midwest Region and Ohio by ESPN.com ... Ranked No. 5 linebacker, No. 9 defensive end and No. 109 overall prospect nationally by Scout.com ... Ranked No. 99 in the Rivals.com Rivals 100 ... SuperPrep All-Midwest selection, ranked as No. 20 overall prospect in the region and No. 19 linebacker in the nation ... Ranked No. 98 overall prospect in the nation, eighth nationally among linebackers and fifth overall prospect in Ohio by 247Sports ... All-region, all-state and all-area player of the year ... Selected by USA Football to the 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team ... Competed in the Under Armour All-American Game and International Bowl ... Recorded 90 tackles and 10.5 sacks as a junior and 50 tackles and 8.5 sacks as a senior, totaling 140 tackles and 19 sacks for Centerville ... Led Centerville to a 7-4 record in 2011 and a Greater Western Ohio Conference championship ... Also lettered in track for four years, anchoring his team to a third-place finish in the 4x200 relays at the State Championships ... Coached by Ron Ullery.

    Personal: Born Ifeadi Kachakwu Anthony Odenigbo ... Son of Linda and Thomas Odenigbo ... First member of his family born in the United States ... Middle of three children ... Attended same high school as A.J. Hawk and Mike Nugent of the NFL and ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit ... Plans to study economics at Northwestern.

    Eric Olson
    6-6 - 285
    Sudbury, Mass. - Buckingham Browne & Nichols
    Projected Position: Offensive Tackle

    High School: ESPN.com three-star honoree ... Ranked 56th nationally among offensive tackles by Scout.com and the No. 5 overall prospect from Massachusetts by both ESPN.com and Rivals.com ... Ranked as the No. 6 overall prospect in the state by 247Sports ... SuperPrep All-Northeast selection ... Ranked No. 6 prospect in New England by SuperPrep ... Twice named to the ESPN Boston All-State Prep Team ... Two-time all-conference and two-time All-New England selection ... Three-year letterman at BB&N, helping the Knights to a 20-5 overall record, including a 2010 Jack Ette Bowl Championship ... A physically tough run-blocker with tremendous size and strength ... Lettered four years in basketball where he was an all-conference selection twice and is a member of the 1,000-point club at BB&N ... Coached by John Papas.

    Personal: Born Eric McVier Olson ... Son of Susan and Steve Olson ... Originally anticipated playing college basketball until transferring to prep school ... Plans to study learning and organizational change at Northwestern.

    Ian Park
    6-4 - 295
    Pittsburgh, Pa. - Upper St. Clair
    Projected Position: Offensive Guard

    High School: ESPN.com three-star honoree ... Ranked 35th nationally among offensive guards and 23rd overall in Pennsylvania by 247Sports ... Ranked 38th nationally among offensive guards and the No. 17 prospect in the state by ESPN.com ... Ranked 44th nationally among offensive guards by Rivals.com ... SuperPrep All-Northeast selection and ranked No. 22 among Pennsylvania prospects by SuperPrep ... First-team all-state honors in 2011 ... Selected to play in Ohio and Pennsylvania's prestigious Big 33 game ... Earned Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 (2011) and Fabulous South (2010, 2011) honors ... Tribune Review Terrific 25 selection ... Almanac All-Star Team selection ... Two-time first-team Great Southern all-conference ... Selected by USA Football to the 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team ... Received invitations to participate in the Chesapeake Bowl and the Super 60 (Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh) ... Three-year starter for the Panthers, helping Upper St. Clair to WPIAL Finals in 2011 ... A physically tough and agile lineman which makes him a prime run-blocker ... Attended same high school as Sean Lee of the Dallas Cowboys, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, former NFL head coach Todd Haley and former MLB all-star Sean Casey ... Coached by Jim Render.

    Personal: Born Ian Sang Park ... Son of Lisa and Chong Park ... Older brother, Alex, plays quarterback at Dartmouth College ... Plans to study history at Northwestern.

    Kenton Playko
    6-5 - 270
    Lewis Center, Ohio - Olentangy
    Projected Position: Offensive Tackle

    High School: ESPN.com three-star honoree ... Ranked 55th nationally among offensive tackles by Scout.com and 80th among offensive tackles by ESPN.com ... SuperPrep All-Midwest selection, rated the No. 111 overall prospect in the region ... Ranked No. 72 overall prospect in Ohio by 247Sports ... Three-time Ohio Valley Conference all-academic honors ... All-OCC Honorable Mention honors ... Team's Brave Award recipient ... Injured in team's second game in 2011 and missed half of the season, but returned for the final three games ... Played on Olentangy's lacrosse team for one year ... Honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society ... Served as both Student Council Vice President and Treasurer ... Rotary Club Leadership Program representative ... Coached by Ed Terwilliger.

    Personal: Born Kenton Alan Playko ... Son of Shan-ni and Richard Playko ... Plans to study communications at Northwestern.

    Jaylen Prater
    6-0 - 215
    Hamden, Ohio - Wellston
    Projected Position: Outside Linebacker

    High School: Ranked No. 85 nationally among linebackers and the No. 79 overall prospect in Ohio by 247Sports ... Ranked No. 128 linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com ... A 2011 first-team all-district and second-team all-Ohio honoree ... Registered a team-high 80 tackles in eight games as a senior ... Four-year letterwinner in football ... Also lettered in basketball and track and field ... Regional finalist in the 100 meter dash ... All-TVC and all-district honors as a sophomore in basketball ... Honor roll student and a member of National Honor Society ... Coached by Jason Mantell.

    Personal: Born Jaylen Tyler Prater ... Son of Michelle and Curt Prater ... Planning on studying medicine and biomedical engineering at Northwestern.

    Andrew Scanlan
    6-2 - 200
    Royersford, Pa. - Spring Ford
    Projected Position: Wide Receiver

    High School: Scout.com three-star honoree, ranked No. 85 nationally among wide receivers ... Ranked 42 overall in Pennsylvania by 247Sports ... Ranked 69th overall prospect in Pennsylvania by ESPN.com ... Three-time All-Pioneer Athletic Conference selection and 2011 conference two-way player of the year ... Two-time all-southeast Pennsylvania wide receiver ... Third-team all-state defensive back and wide receiver in 2011 ... Honorable mention all-state wide receiver honors in 20101 ... Selected to play in Ohio and Pennsylvania's prestigious Big 33 game ... School's all-time leading receiver in yards, receptions and reception touchdowns ... Recorded 38 catches for 738 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior ... Hauled in 52 passes for 836 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, also compiling 56 solo tackles, three interceptions, 12 pass deflections and one forced fumble on defense ... Led team to conference championship and Spring Ford's first district qualifier ... Three-year letterman in football, basketball and track and field ... Captained both the football and track and field teams ... Honor student at Spring Ford ... Coached by Chad Brubaker.

    Personal: Born Andrew Jovan Scanlan ... Son of Tara Scanlan and Lamont Suber ... Plans to study communications at Northwestern.

    Jack Schwaba
    6-4 - 225
    Upper St. Clair, Pa. - Upper St. Clair
    Projected Position: Superback

    High School: ESPN.com three star honoree, ranked 60th nationally among tight ends ... Ranked No. 52 nationally among tight ends by Scout.com ... Ranked No. 80 overall tight end in the nation by 247Sports ... First-team all-conference honors ... 2011 Almanac Football All-Star Team selection ... Pittsburgh Post-Gazette South Fabulous 22 ... All-conference honorable mention honors as a junior ... Invited to the Chesapeake Bowl ... Played tight end in a run-heavy offense, hauling in five receptions for 81 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score against West Allegheny ... Panthers finished as runners-up, losing in the Pennsylvania class 4A state championship ... Three-time letterman in both football and basketball ... Honor roll student ... Attended same high school as Sean Lee of the Dallas Cowboys, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, former NFL head coach Todd Haley and former MLB all-star Sean Casey ... Coached by Jim Render.

    Personal: Born Jack Goodman Schwaba ... Son of Kathy and Joe Schwaba ... Great-grandfather, grandfather, father and mother are all Northwestern alums.

    Dan Vitale (pronounced vuh-TAL-ee)
    6-2 - 220
    Wheaton, Ill. - Wheaton-Warrenville South
    Projected Position: Superback

    High School: Ranked 139th nationally among defensive backs by Scout.com ... Ranked 260th nationally among wide receivers and 58th overall prospect in Illinois by ESPN.com ... Ranked 139th athletes in the nation and 36th overall prospect in the state by 247Sports ... 2011 Daily Herald All-Area first-team selection ... 2011 7A IHSCOA all-state player and first-team DuPage Valley all-conference selection ... 2011 Chicago Sun-Times All-Area first-team honors ... News-Gazette first-team selection ... 2011 Don Garner Award recipient ... Started at running back for the Tigers, rushing 276 times for 1,340 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2011 ... Hauled in 28 receptions for 191 yards out of the backfield ... Lettered three years in track, two years in football and wrestled one year at 152 lbs. ... 2010 OVC all-conference academic selection ... High honor roll student in the top 10-percent of his class ... National Honor Society member ... Attended same high school as Red Grange, John Belushi and Edwin Hubble ... Coached by Ron Muhitch.

    Personal: Born Dan Michael Vitale III ... Son of Lisa and Dan Vitale ... Plans to study economics at Northwestern.

    Dwight White
    5-10 - 178
    Cypress, Texas - Cy-Fair
    Projected Position: Cornerback

    High School: Starred at safety for Cy-Fair, collecting first-team all-district recognition ... Named to the All-Madden Team ... Houston Chronicle Top 100 selection ... Vype Top 100 recognition ... Houston defensive player of the week against Cinco Ranch, recording 12 tackles, two pass breakups and the game-clinching interception to advance to the next round of the playoffs ... Totaled 70 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles as a senior ... Returned six kicks for 235 yards ... Went 12-1 as a senior and 10-0 in the regular season, the first undefeated regular season in Cy-Fair's 76-year history ... Two-time district champions (2010, 2011) and area champions (2010, 2011) ... Regional semifinalist in 2011 ... Honor roll student ... Coached by Ed Pustejovsky.

    Personal: Born Dwight Demetrius White Jr. ... Son of LaWanda and Dwight White ... Mother played volleyball at Texas State and father played football at Prarie View A&M ... Plans to study communications at Northwestern.

    Eric Wilson
    6-2 - 205
    Redford, Mich. - Thurston
    Projected Position: Outside Linebacker

    High School: ESPN.com three-star and SuperPrep All-Midwest honoree ... Ranked 25th overall prospect in Michigan by ESPN.com ... Ranked No. 50 safety nationally by Rivals.com ... Ranked 68th best linebacker in the nation and 18th best prospect in the state by 247Sports ... Earned all-state, all-conference and all-metro awards ... Named Team MVP ... Recorded 64 tackles with four sacks as a senior ... Part of a Thurston team that won four consecutive conference championships and was the 2010 district champion ... Lettered four years in track, three years in football and one year in basketball ... Captained both football and track teams ... Played both sides of the ball, but has a strong upside as a defensive back ... Honor roll student ... Coached by Bob Snell.

    Personal: Born Eric André Wilson ... Son of Shannon Sisson and Eric Dye.

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    Kyle Prater
    6-5 - 215
    Maywood, Ill. - Proviso West
    Projected Position: Wide Receiver

    2011: Saw limited time due to injury ... Caught one pass for six yards.

    2010: Enrolled at USC in the spring of 2010 after graduating a semester early from high school ... Redshirted as a freshman wide receiver ... Slowed in 2010 spring practice with thumb and hamstring injuries.

    High School: USA Today All-USA first team, Parade All-American, EA Sports All-American first team, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Scout.com All-American first team, Max Preps All-American first team, Sporting News Top 100, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Midwest Offensive MVP, Prep Star All-Midwest, EA Sports Illinois MVP, Chicago Tribune all-state first team and Chicago Sun Times All-Area first team as a senior wide receiver at Proviso West High ... 64 receptions for 1,151 yards (18.0 avg.) with 13 TDs in 2009 ... As a junior in 2008, made Chicago Sun Times All-Area first team ... 60 receptions for 948 yards (15.8 avg.) with nine TDs on offense and 150 tackles as a defensive back in 2008 ... Also played basketball at Proviso West.