Feb. 2, 2000
Signing Day Audio:
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EVANSTON, Ill. - Head coach Randy Walker and the Northwestern University football program announced today the signing of 19 football recruits to national letters of intent.
Walker's first recruiting class as the Wildcats' head coach reaffirms Northwestern as a school with the power to recruit nationally. Again this year, the Wildcats went coast-to-coast, signing student-athletes from 11 different states. NU welcomes five student-athletes from Illinois, three from California, two apiece from football hotbeds Texas and Ohio, and one each from Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey and Wisconsin. In addition, the Wildcats went north of the border to secure a player from the Canadian province of Quebec.
"I am very excited with the 2000 recruiting class," said Walker. "Our coaches did a great job of identifying quality student-athletes that fit our style of play and the Northwestern program. We did an especially good job of filling needs and building a rapport that is so essential in the recruiting process. I'm always reluctant to brag about any recruiting class, but I believe we have brought some outstanding players to Northwestern."
|PLAYER||Pos.|| (Ht., Wt.)||HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL|
|Jarvis Adams||S||(5-11, 200)||Tallahassee, Fla./Godby|
|Colby Clark||DL||(6-3, 265)||Austin, Texas/Westlake|
|Mike Corliss||OL||(6-6, 260)||Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich|
|Noah Herron||TB||(5-11, 220)||Mattawan, Mich./Mattawan|
|Brian Huffman||PK/P||(6-2, 180)||Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg|
|Roger Jordan||WR||(6-3, 200)||League City, Texas/Clear Creek|
|Gilles Lezi||FB||(6-1, 230)||Laval, Que. (Canada)/Cegep du Vieux|
|Ike Ndukwe||OL||(6-6, 300)||Powell, Ohio/Dublin Coffman|
|El Da'Sheon Nix||WR||(6-3, 190)||Sandusky, Ohio/Sandusky|
|Ryan Peterson||LB||(6-3, 220)||Cardiff, Calif./La Costa Canyon|
|Dan Pohlman||TB||(6-1, 225)||Barrington, Ill./Barrington|
|Rolf Reinalda||TE||(6-4, 235)||Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven|
|Rob Shirley||FB||(6-0 , 230)||Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South|
|Tony Stauss||QB||(6-2, 200)||Racine, Wis./Horlick|
|Torri Stuckey||TB||(5-11, 200)||Robbins, Ill./D.D. Eisenhower|
|Syga Thomas||LB||(6-1, 225)||Marina Del Rey, Calif./Loyola|
|Matt Ulrich||OL||(6-3, 295)||Streamwood, Ill./Streamwood|
|Marvin Ward||CB||(5-11, 195)||Landover, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt|
|Jason Wright||TB||(5-11, 200)||Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Bar|
* BIOS ON THE 2000 FOOTBALL RECRUITS *
5-11 * 200
Tallahassee, Fla. * Godby
HIGH SCHOOL: Second-team all-state and first-team All-Big Bend Region ... 117 tackles (71 solo) as a senior captain ... Two interceptions, two forced fumbles ... Captained Godby to state 4A playoffs for first time in 12 years ... During regular season, Godby defeated Class 6A champion Lincoln High School ... Godby Boosters Citizens Award ... Honor roll member every year at Godby ... High school coach was Shelton Crews.
PERSONAL: Son of Roosevelt and Robbie Adams ... Born 3/14/82 ... Chose NU over Boston College, Cincinnati and South Florida.
COACH WALKER SAYS: "We really like his nose for the ball and his natural instincts. He also displays relentless pursuit as he flies to the football."
6-3 * 265
Austin, Texas * Westlake
POSITION: Defensive Line
HIGH SCHOOL: Named one of Texas' top 100 recruits by Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Rivals100.com Magazine ... 50th-rated defensive tackle nationally by Rivals100.com ... All-area (Centex) selection as a junior and senior ... Centex Defensive Player of the Year as a senior ... Despite missing five games to injury, finished with 68 tackles (27 solo) including 15 TFLs and five sacks ... Three-time all-district ... Selected to Austin's All-Decade Team ... Westlake went 32-5 in the three years he lettered, winning three District 14 championships and playing the Class 5A regional championship game twice ... Also lettered in wrestling (2) and track & field (3) ... Finished seventh in the state in heavyweight division at last year's wrestling championships ... Black belt in karate and tae kwon do ... High school coach was Ron Schroeder.
PERSONAL: Son of Doug and Sharon Clark ... Born 6/26/82 ... Both grandfathers were Division 1 college athletes: Dr. Lyle Clark played football at Michigan and Loren Rainbolt wrestled at Oklahoma State ... Chose NU over TCU, BYU, Colorado, Texas, Texas A&M and Rice.
COACH WALKER SAYS: "The natural instincts that he has along with his great feet and quick hands make him an outstanding interior lineman. He possesses excellent quickness and the ability to accelerate down the line-of-scrimmage to make plays. He also has excellent change of direction and body control. We really like his relentless style of play and the way he flies to the football in every aspect."
6-6 * 260
Lake Zurich, Ill. * Lake Zurich
POSITION: Offensive Line
HIGH SCHOOL: 61st-rated lineman nationally by Rivals100.com ... PrepStar All-Midwest region ... SuperPrep All-American ... Gridiron Greats All-Midwest ... Top 25 pick in Illinois by Chicago Sun-Times ... USA Today honorable mention All-America ... All-state pick by IHSA Coaches Association and Champaign News Gazette ... All-area selection by Daily Herald, Northwest Herald and Pioneer Press ... All-Fox Valley Conference in 1998 and 1999 ... High honor roll student at Lake Zurich HS ... High school coach was Wayne Kuklinski.
PERSONAL: Son of Paul and Kathy Corliss ... Born 5/15/81 ... Chose NU over Michigan, Illinois, Boston College and Miami (Fla.)
COACH WALKER SAYS: "He's a big, strong kid with great potential for size and growth as he proceeds through his college career. He can pull and run with the best of them and has great body control to finish and block in the open field."
5-11 * 220
Mattawan, Mich. * Mattawan
HIGH SCHOOL: 15th-ranked running back in Midwest by PrepStar ... 56th-rated running back nationally by Rivals100.com ... Detroit Free Press Top 25 ... Associated Press all-state selection ... Three-time first-team all-conference ... As a senior, missed first three games with ankle injury but recovered to rush for 842 yards (8.3 yards per carry) and 19 TD's ... Also played linebacker, with 36 tackles and five blocked kicks ... For his career, ran for 5,544 yards and scored 92 TD's ... Team achieved 26-4 record during his tenure ... Currently averaging 20 ppg for the fourth-ranked basketball team in the state.
PERSONAL: Son of Ron and Shawn Herron ... Born 4/3/82 ... Chose NU over Illinoia, Iowa, Indiana and Virginia.
COACH WALKER SAYS: "Great burst, great feet in the hole. He found a way to make big plays all year long on both sides of the football including five blocked kicks during the 1999 football season."
6-2 * 180
Schaumburg, Ill. * Schaumburg
HIGH SCHOOL: All-state selection by Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune ... All-area pick by Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald and Pioneer Press ... Tom Lemming's Reebok All-American First Team ... First team Mid-Suburban League selection ... Kicked 22 field goals in two years of playing, including 10 beyond 40 yards ... Nailed 56-yard field goal as a senior, the third-longest kick in IHSA history ... Kicked 46-yard field goal in 6A championship game, setting a record ... Tied IHSA record with four field goals in one game ... Had 71 touchbacks on kickoffs, averaged 38.1 yards per punt for his career ... Honor roll all four years at Schaumburg ... Mid-Suburban League All-Academic Senior Athlete ... High school coach was Tom Cerasani.
PERSONAL: Son of Mark and Patrice Huffman ... Born 12/28/81 ... Father was a student manager for Notre Dame's national championship football team in 1973 ... Chose NU over Illinois and Air Force.
COACH WALKER SAYS: "A young man who has a big-time leg and has shown great potential not only as a punter but especially as a kicker."
6-3 * 200
League City, Texas * Clear Creek
POSITION: Wide Receiver
HIGH SCHOOL: Texas Top 100 by Rivals100.com Magazine ... All-Midlands selection by PrepStar ... Class 5A Offensive Player of the Year (District 24) ... First team all-county (Galveston) ... First team All-Greater Houston ... Two-time MVP at Clear Creek ... First team all-district in 1998 and 1999, second team all-district in 1997 ... Caught 54 passes as a senior for 810 yards (15.0 ypr) and eight TD's ... Career numbers: 111 catches for 1,590 yards (14.3 ypr), 15 TDs ... Career defensive numbers: 178 tackles, eight INT's ... Also won four letters in basketball and track ... National Honor Society ... Member of American Legion's Boys' State ... High school coach was Aubrey Schulz.
PERSONAL: Son of Ruben and Sandra Jordan ... Born 5/15/82 ... Chose NU over TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma State and New Mexico.
COACH WALKER SAYS: "An outstanding athlete with great athleticism as displayed by his two-time all district basketball award. He has great body control and catches well with his hands and made big plays in almost every game and under every circumstance. The fact that he's 6-3, 200 pounds gives him an added dimension as a big receiver."
GILLES LEZI (Zhil Le-ZEE)
6-1 * 230
Laval, Que. (Canada) * Cegep du Vieux (Montreal)
HIGH SCHOOL: Top-rated player by Ron Dias Recruiting (Canada) ... 1998 and 1999 Collegiate 3A MVP ... 1998 Collegiate 3A Rookie of the Year ... First team all-star at tailback and as kicker ... Career numbers: 2,200 yards rushing on 240 carries (9.17 ypr), 27 TDs ... High school coach was Marc Santerre.
PERSONAL: Son of Tondele Mansanga ... Born 2/13/80 ... Is already on campus taking classes at Northwestern ... Chose NU over Notre Dame, Stanford and Indiana.
COACH WALKER SAYS: "A running back with great burst and speed. He has a great future in college football."
IKE NDUKWE (Ike n-DUKE-way)
6-6 * 300
Powell, Ohio * Dublin Coffman
POSITION: Offensive Line
HIGH SCHOOL: 89th-rated lineman nationally by Rivals100.com ... PrepStar All-Midwest ... Tom Lemming's Reebok Super 200 ... ESPN Super 250 ... Led team with 32 knockdown blocks ... Second team all-state ... Second team All-Ohio Capital Conference ... Team won conference title in his junior year ... Nominee for "Big 33" game (Pennsylvania vs. Ohio) ... Also lettered in wrestling ... Honor and Merit Roll ... Student Senate Officer ... High school coach was Eric Tudor.
PERSONAL: Son of Stephen and Nnenna Ndukwe ... Born 7/17/82 ... Chose NU over Michigan State, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Stanford, Boston College and California.
COACH WALKER SAYS: "He's a big strong kid that has great potential as an offensive lineman in our program."
EL DA'SHEON NIX (El De-SHAWN)
6-3 * 190
Sandusky, Ohio * Sandusky
POSITION: Wide Receiver
HIGH SCHOOL: PrepStar All-Midwest ... Second team all-state ... Two-time first team All-Great Lake League ... Two-time Associated Press Division 1 All-Northwest District ... Two-time Lorain Journal all-area first team ... Toledo Channel 24 "All-24 Team" ... Will play in Ohio's North/South All-Star Game in June ... As a junior, set single-game league records with 16 catches for 278 yards ... Career numbers: 98 receptions for 1,580 yards (16.1 ypr), 16 TD's in 20 games ... National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete ... National Honor Society ... Class President junior and senior years ... High school coach was Larry Cook.
PERSONAL: Son of Katherine Nix ... Born 1/25/82 ... Chose NU over Ohio State, Duke and Miami (Ohio).
COACH WALKER SAYS: "At 6-3, 190 pounds, he is a big receiver with great athleticism. We feel he has a great future as a college football player here at Northwestern."
6-3 * 220
Cardiff, Calif. * La Costa Canyon
HIGH SCHOOL: All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and All-Avocado League ... La Costa Canyon's Defensive Player of the Year, 1998 and 1999 ... 196 tackles (79 solo) as a senior, including 31 TFLs ... Six sacks, two INTs, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... Also caught 24 passes as a tight end ... As a junior had 94 tackles (57 solo) including 15 TFLs, four sacks, three INTs, seven fumble recoveries ... Also lettered in soccer and lacrosse ... As a soccer goalkeeper, holds school record for saves and shutouts and was an All-CIF and All-Avocado League selection ... High school coach was Tim Smith.
PERSONAL: Son of Mark and Tere Peterson ... 4/25/82 ... Sister (Cici) started in goal for UCLA's nationally-ranked women's soccer team in 1998 ... Chose NU over Wisconsin and Stanford.
COACH WALKER SAYS: "A young man who had an unbelievable senior season. We really like his nose for the football, his ability to accelerate and make a play."
6-1 * 225
Barrington, Ill. * Barrington
HIGH SCHOOL: Chris Pool's Pigskin Recruiting Service First Team All-Midwest ... 10th-ranked running back in Midwest by PrepStar ... 48th-rated running back nationally by Rivals100.com ... Champaign News Gazette all-state, 1999 ... Chicago Tribune second team all-state, 1999 ... Chicago Tribune special mention all-state, 1998 ... Three-time all-area ... Three-time all-conference (Mid-Suburban West) ... Led team to Class 6A state title game as a junior ... Rushed for 4,100 yards and 63 TDs in three seasons, averaging 6.3 yards per carry ... In two years as a free safety, accumulated 104 tackles, five sacks and four forced fumbles ... Member of Barrington's All-Century Team ... Team went 28-7 in his three years as a starter ... Also a four-year letterwinner in baseball ... Honor roll all four years ... Academic All-State three times ... Academic All-Conference ... High school coach was Al Kamradt.
PERSONAL: Son of Bud and Jane Pohlman ... Born 1/1/82 ... Father was a defensive end at Michigan State ... Chose NU over Illinois, Miami (Fla.) and Boston College.
COACH WALKER SAYS: "Dan is a big strong back with great feet in the hole and great burst. A tough hard running kid at 225 pounds."
ROLF REINALDA (Reh-NAUL-duh)
6-4 * 235
Fair Haven, N.J. * Rumson-Fair Haven
Projected POSITION: Tight End
HIGH SCHOOL: Fifth-ranked prospect in New Jersey by Blue Chip Report ... USA Today honorable mention All-America ... Third team All-Shore and all-conference as a defensive end ... As a senior at tight end: 18 catches for 265 yards and 1 TD ... Will play in All-Shore Game and/or the Governor's Bowl later this year ... Also lettered in track ... High school coach was Shane Fallon.
PERSONAL: Son of Rolf and Lynn Reinalda ... Born 9/27/81 ... Chose NU over Duke.
COACH WALKER SAYS: "Rolf is a tall athletic guy who has great potential down the road. He catches the ball very well and has soft hands and has the athleticism to be an outstanding linebacker on the edge of the line of scrimmage."
6-0 * 230
Bloomington, Ind. * Bloomington South
HIGH SCHOOL: Eighth-ranked running back in Midwest by PrepStar ... 88th-rated running back nationally by Rivals100.com ... CBS Sportsline All-America ... Herald Times "Top 33" all-state ... All-state and all-conference ... Team was ranked in USA Today Super 25 and Fox News Network "Fab 50"... 1998 team won Indiana Class 5A state championship ... Ran for 3,703 yards on 597 carries and 57 TDs for his career ... Bloomington South went 27-1 during his junior and senior seasons ... Also a three-year letterwinner in track ... National Honor Society ... National Japanese Honor Society ... National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete ... Wendy's High School Heisman Scholar ... High school coach was Myron Moriarty.
PERSONAL: Son of Robert and Ellen Shirley ... Born 7/31/81 ... Chose NU over Notre Dame, Ohio State and Georgia Tech.
COACH WALKER SAYS: "Rob is a big strong kid that's a hard runner and also a good blocker."
TONY STAUSS (STOWSS)
6-2 * 200
Racine, Wis. * Horlick
HIGH SCHOOL: Considered by many the top quarterback recruit in the Midwest in 1999-2000 ... Chris Pool's Pigskin Recruiting Service First Team All-Midwest ... Top-rated quarterback in Midwest and Midwest Super 30 by PrepStar ... Super Prep All-American ... USA Today honorable mention All-American ... Rated 28th nationally by Rivals100.com ... National Blue Chip All-American ... Prep Football Report Top 100 and All-American ... Unanimous first team all-state pick by Associated Press, Wisconsin Football Coaches Association, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ... Southeast Conference and Racine County Player of the Year ... Senior year numbers: 303-for-505 passing for 3,181 yards in 11 games (289.2 ypg), 29 TDs, 13 INTs ... Three-time all-conference and all-county ... Also lettered in baseball, basketball and golf ... National Honor Society ... National French Honor Society ... Ranked third in a class of 500 (4.6 GPA out of a 4.0 scale) ... High school coach was George Machado.
PERSONAL: Son of Thomas and Kimberly Stauss ... Born 10/2/81 ... Father was captain and MVP of 1979 University of Wisconsin football team ... Chose NU over Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Purdue, Boston College, Auburn and Oklahoma.
COACH WALKER SAYS: "We really like his athleticism, his ability to make plays on the move and his great release and intelligence will give him the chance to be an outstanding college quarterback."
5-11 * 200
Robbins, Ill. * D.D. Eisenhower
HIGH SCHOOL: 38th-rated running back nationally by Rivals100.com ... Ninth-ranked running back in Midwest by PrepStar ... Daily Southtown Offensive Player of the Year ... Two-time Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 5A all-state selection ... Gazette Newspapers all-state ... Two-time Daily Southtown all-area ... Two-time All-SICA Orange ... Ran for 1,359 yards and scored 15 TDs as a senior ... As a junior, led team to best-ever 9-3 mark with 1,907 rushing yards and 31 TDs ... Career numbers: 3,000 rushing yards, 57 TDs, 6 receptions for 190 yards ... As a safety, had 180 career tackles and seven INTs ... Also lettered in track, clocking 10.7 for 100 meters and 22.7 for 200 meters ... Eisenhower's "Student of the Month" for October 1999 ... High school coach was Greg Walder.
PERSONAL: Son of Pearlie Stuckey and Sherman Harrison ... Born 7/28/82 ... Chose NU over Michigan State, Iowa and Minnesota.
COACH WALKER SAYS: "Torri is a versatile back that combines good feet with toughness. This is a young man who we feel can play a lot of places on a football field."
SYGA THOMAS (Sigh-gah)
6-1 * 225
Marina Del Rey, Calif. * Loyola
HIGH SCHOOL: SuperPrep All-American ... 11th-ranked linebacker in West Region by PrepStar ... All-Del Rey League, all-county and all-region ... Senior year stats: 154 tackles, 14 TFLs, 11 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 2 INTs ... Team captain and MVP as a senior ... High school coach was Greg Wells.
PERSONAL: Son of Juell and Emma Thomas ... Born 2/7/82 ... Brother, Roston, was a four-year starter at the University of New Mexico and was an All-WAC selection ... Chose NU over Iowa, TCU, Virginia and Syracuse.
COACH WALKER SAYS: "We really like his burst and acceleration and his relentless style of play."
MATT ULRICH (Ull-RICH)
6-3 * 295
Streamwood, Ill. * Streamwood
POSITION: Offensive Line
HIGH SCHOOL: 41st-rated lineman nationally by Rivals100.com ... PrepStar All-Midwest ... Champaign Gazette News all-state ... Elgin Courier all-area twice ... Daily Herald all-area ... Two-time first team All-Upstate Eight Conference, including unanimous choice senior year ... Two-time academic all-state ... Three-time academic all-conference ... National Honor Society ... High school coach was John Padjen.
PERSONAL: Son of Jim and Debby Ulrich ... Born 12/30/81 ... Chose NU over Illinois, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Duke.
COACH WALKER SAYS: "We like the way Matt is able to combine strength with great feet and toughness."
5-11 * 195
Landover, Md. * Eleanor Roosevelt
HIGH SCHOOL: Last year was first year playing football ... SuperPrep Top 25 in area ... Won team's Outstanding First Year Player Award and Most Improved Player Award ... Started seven games for 12-1 squad, had five INTs ... Helped team win Maryland 4A state title by returning an interception for a 32-yard touchdown ... Also a three-time letterwinner in basketball and track ... Honor roll for four straight years ... Who's Who Among American High School Students ... Who's Who In Sports ... Recipient of 1999 Washington Redskins Incentive Award ... High school coach was Rick Houchens.
PERSONAL: Son of Mattie Ward ... Born 8/7/82 ... Chose NU over Illinois and Maryland.
COACH WALKER SAYS: "We think he has a tremendous upside in football as he continues to learn the game."
5-11 * 200
Diamond Bar, Calif. * Diamond Bar
HIGH SCHOOL: SuperPrep All-West ... Rivals100.com California Top 100 ... California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division II Offensive Player of the Year ... First team all-state and All-CIF Southern Section ... San Gabriel Valley Tribune Player of the Year ... Inland Valley Our Times Player of the Year ... Sierra League Offensive Player of the Year ... Los Angeles Times first team all-area (San Gabriel Valley Back of the Year) ... Inland Valley Daily Bulletin first team all-area ... Career numbers: 4,268 yards on 519 carries (8.2 ypc), 36 receptions for 357 yards (9.9 ypr), 58 TDs ... Three years with more than 1,000 yards rushing ... Diamond Bar won two CIF Division II titles during his tenure, going 27-1 the last two years ... In 1998, ran for 172 yards and all three TDs in CIF Division II championship game ... Ran for 284 yards in Sierra League championship game earlier this fall, then scored gamewinning touchdown in CIF Division II title contest ... Will play in California vs. Texas Shrine Game or the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Hall of Fame Game later this year ... Also lettered in track and field ... High school coach was Terry Roche.
PERSONAL: Son of Sam and Susan Wright ... Born 7/12/82 ... Chose NU over Stanford, Oregon State and Washington State.
COACH WALKER SAYS: "We really feel like he has great instincts and vision. Jason comes from a high school football that possesses eight Division I signees this year."