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    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Pat Fitzgerald is welcoming 20 new members to his football team today.
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    Pat Fitzgerald is welcoming 20 new members to his football team today.
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    Feb. 6, 2008

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald and the Northwestern University football program announced today the signing of 20 football recruits to National Letters of Intent.

    Once again, the Wildcats recruited well both locally and nationally, receiving six commitments from Chicagoland to go along with 14 signees from across the country. Interestingly, five of the Wildcats' six local commitments are offensive linemen. The other commitment, Brett Nagel of Lemont, is slated to play close to the offensive line at the Wildcats' superback position (a hybrid fullback/tight end position). Northwestern did well in the football-rich states of Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, signing nine student-athletes from those four states.

    "I'm excited about this year's class from a fit standpoint," said Fitzgerald. "These players come from great families and are outstanding young men that fit the Northwestern mold. They are great student-athletes who have high character.

    "As I look at the class from top to bottom, we are pretty balanced offensively and defensively. We not only fulfilled our needs from a graduating class, but as I look down the road a couple years, we've fulfilled our needs from a competitive standpoint. Like last year's class, this group will come in and compete right away.

    "I also want to thank our coaching staff and players, who deserve a great deal of credit for attracting this class. Our players represent our University so well and they really do a great job of educating these young men on what it means and takes to be a Wildcat."

    This year's class is once again fairly balanced with offensive and defensive players -- 11 on offense and nine on defense.

    Signing Day Notes:
    • The breakdown on NU's signees, by position: offensive line (5), defensive back (4), wide receiver (4), linebacker (3), defensive line (2), superback (1) and running back (1).

    • Northwestern added four more student-athletes from Texas, giving the Wildcats a total of 11 players from Texas on their current roster, third most on the team. Ohio continues to rank second with a total of 12 players. With its six signees from Illinois, Northwestern now has 31 players on its roster from the Land of Lincoln.

    • The Wildcats signed five offensive linemen, and all five hail from the suburbs of Chicago. It is an impressive group physically, as the five linemen average nearly 6-feet-6-inches and 293 pounds. The five offensive linemen are the most in one signing class since 1997, when Northwestern signed six offensive linemen that year.

    • Two 2008 signees, Hunter Bates and Martin Bayless, had fathers that played in the NFL. That gives Northwestern five student-athletes on its current roster with NFL-playing dads. The other three are: Malcolm Arrington, Drake Dunsmore and Brendan Mitchell.

    • Although Northwestern did not sign a player as a quarterback, it is bringing in two players who played quarterback in high school: Jeremy Ebert and Brett Nagel. They join Andrew Brewer, Lee Coleman, Eric Peterman, Brendan Smith and Brad Phillips as former prep QB's who are now playing a different position for the 'Cats.

    Northwestern's 2008 Recruiting Class

    PlayerPos.Ht.Wt.HometownHigh School
    Nick AdamleOL6-4295Wheaton, Ill.Wheaton North
    Brian ArnfeltDE6-5250Lake Elmo, Minn.Stillwater
    Hunter BatesS5-10175Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.Nease
    Martin BaylessWR6-2205Fresno, TexasHightower
    Jared CarpenterS6-0200Bowling Green, Ky.Bowling Green
    Alex DanielRB6-0200Roswell, Ga.Roswell
    Neal DeitersOL6-8310Elmhurst, Ill.York
    Demetrius DugarCB5-11175Houston, TexasAldine
    Jeremy EbertWR6-0175Hilliard, OhioHilliard Darby
    Demetrius FieldsWR6-0200Dallas, TexasSouth Oak Cliff
    Caleb HarperCB5-11180Murfreesboro, Tenn.Siegel
    Evan LuxenburgDT6-3275Beachwood, OhioBeachwood
    Jeravin MatthewsWR5-11170Canonsburg, Pa.Canon-McMillan
    Brian MulroeOL6-4265Glenview, Ill.Loyola Academy
    Brett NagelSB6-4230Lemont, Ill.Lemont
    David NwabuisiLB6-0215Houston, TexasEpiscopal
    Stone PinckneyLB6-0215Columbia, S.C.Hammond School
    Chuck PorcelliOL6-7295Oak Brook, Ill.Montini Catholic
    Jeff RadekOL6-6300Naperville, Ill.Neuqua Valley
    Quentin WilliamsLB6-4235Pittsburgh, Pa.Pittsburgh Central Catholic

    Player Bios

    Nick Adamle
    6-4 * 295 * Wheaton, Ill. * Wheaton North * Projected Position: Offensive Line * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: Rivals.com All-Region, SuperPrep All-Midwest and PrepStar All-Midwest Region offensive lineman ... Ranked 14th among all players in SuperPrep Illinois player ranking and 24th among all players (fifth among offensive linemen) in Rivals.com Illinois player ranking ... Ranked 62nd nationally among offensive tackles by SuperPrep and 63rd nationally among offensive guards by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... Class 7A all-state selection and a two-time DuPage Valley Conference offensive lineman ... Tom Lemming All-American ... Chicago Tribune All-State special mention ... Daily Herald All-Area ... Two-year letterwinner as a guard and tackle for the Falcons ... Team captain ... Also played two years of basketball .. Four-year Honor Roll student ... Two-time academic all-state and all-conference honoree ... Coached by Matt Foster.

    Personal: Born Nicholas David Adamle on 10/12/1989 ... Son of Mark and Susan Adamle ... Has tremendous football bloodlines: uncle, Mike, is one of NU's all-time great running backs, having starred with the Wildcats from 1968 to 1970 ... His grandfather, Tony, was a fullback at Ohio State and an NFL all-pro player with the Cleveland Browns; his father, Mark, played at Purdue; and his uncle, Vic, played at Eastern Michigan and coached at Kansas and Minnesota (1997-2007) ... His uncle, Greg Neidballa, played tennis for Northwestern (1980-83).

    Brian Arnfelt
    6-5 * 250 * Lake Elmo, Minn. * Stillwater * Projected Position: Defensive End * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: PrepStar All-Midwest Region defensive end ... Named a 2007 second-team Associated Press all-state selection ... 2006 honorable mention all-state honoree by Minnesota Preps ... Member of Minneapolis Star-Tribune's 2007 Dream Team ... First-team All-Suburban East Conference selection as a senior ... Voted "Mr. Weightroom" by team in 2007 ... Stillwater Gazette Athlete of the Week (10/2/2007) for performance against Hastings H.S. ... Received the Ponies' Game Ball Award on 9/28/2007 ... Totaled 118 total tackles (83 solos), 12 sacks, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one blocked punt for his junior and senior seasons ... Selected to play in Minnesota's 2008 high school all-star game ... Helped lead the Ponies to the 2006 Section 3 5A championship ... Team captain ... Lettered two years as a defensive end and tight end ... Also lettered four years in track and field ... National Honor Society and "A" Honor Roll all four years ... Coached by Scott Hoffman.

    Personal: Born Brian Dale Arnfelt on 10/11/1989 ... Son of Rick and Cathy Arnfelt.

    Hunter Bates
    5-10 * 175 * Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. * Nease * Projected Position: Safety * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: PrepStar All-Southeast Region defensive back ... Ranked 75th-best safety nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... First-team all-state Class 4A selection ... First-team All-St. Johns River Conference and first-team All-First Coast honoree ... Also an outstanding punt returner ... Helped lead the Panthers to a three-year record (2005-07) of 40-5, which included a state championship his sophomore season ... Nease went 13-2 in 2005, and then 14-1 in '06 and 13-2 in '07 ... Played two years (2004-05) with quarterback Tim Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Florida ... Team finished as the 4A state runners-up in 2006 and '07 ... Totaled 135 tackles, four interceptions and four punt returns for touchdowns ... Team captain ... Lettered four years as a safety ... Also played and lettered three years of lacrosse (middie) for Nease ... Coached by Craig Howard.

    Personal: Born Hunter James Bates on 5/24/1989 ... Son of Bill and Denise Bates ... Father, Bill, played football at Tennessee before going on to an illustrious 15-year career as a safety with the Dallas Cowboys ... Is a triplet, with a brother, Graham, intending to play football at Arkansas State, and a sister, Brianna, who is still undecided on a college to play volleyball.

    Martin Bayless
    6-2 * 205 * Fresno, Texas * Hightower * Projected Position: Wide Receiver * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: Played his first three years of prep ball at Castle Park H.S. in the San Diego area before moving to Houston and playing his senior season at Hightower H.S. ... Ranked 90th-best wide receiver nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... Two-time first-team All-South Bay League at Castle Park and league Offensive MVP ... ESPN UnderArmour All-American ... In three seasons at Castle Park, totaled 126 receptions, 1,976 receiving yards and 30 TD's ... Also had two blocked punts, two blocked field goals, one kickoff return for TD and two touchdowns off fake field goal attempts ... Defensively, as a safety at Castle Rock, totaled 122 tackles, five interceptions and nine pass breakups ... As a senior at Hightower, registered 21 receptions, 303 receiving yards and 5 TD's (missed four games with an injury) ... In a 2006 game (for Castle Rock) vs. Chula Vista, caught nine passes for 140 yards and two TD's in the first half (sat out the second half with an injury) ... Totaled nine career games with two or more touchdowns ... Also an outstanding basketball player, earning first-team All-South Bay League honors for Castle Rock in 2006 ... Scored 53 points in a varsity basketball game ... Averaged 23 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals per game ... Also lettered in baseball ... Coached by Paul Van Nostrand (Castle Rock) and Gene Johnson (Hightower).

    Personal: Born Martin A. Bayless Jr. on 11/23/1989 ... Son of Martin and Babette Bayless ... Father, Martin, played 13 years in the NFL as a safety (San Diego Chargers) ... One cousin is Charles Woodson, the former Michigan All-American (Heisman Trophy winner) and current NFL player ... Two uncles, Gerald Bayless and John Thomas, also were NFL players ... Father, Martin, has run free football camps the past 20 years across the nation.

    Jared Carpenter
    6-0 * 200 * Bowling Green, Ky. * Bowling Green * Projected Position: Safety * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: First-team all-state selection as a strong safety/linebacker ... PrepStar honorable mention All-Southeast Region safety ... Ranked 13th among all players (third among safeties) in SuperPrep Kentucky player ranking ... Ranked 98th-best safety nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... First-team All-S.K.Y. Conference honoree ... 2007 Kentucky Football Coaches Association Tremendous 26, 2007 Courier-Journal first-team All-State ... Selected to play in Kentucky's East-West all-star game ... Helped the Purples finish as the Class 5A state runners-up three consecutive years ... Bowling Green went 13-2 in 2007, and amassed a career record of 50-7 and won three regional titles during his tenure ... Started on all three state finalist squads ... Never lost to a district opponent during career ... Totaled 76 tackles (42 solos), two sacks, 12 TFL's, three interceptions and three pass deflections on defense in 2007 ... Had 171 career tackles, including 30 TFL's ... Also averaged 7.6 ypc (72 carries, 549 rushing yards) as a running back and scored 11 TD's his senior year ... Helped the Purples set school records for points scored and total offensive yards ... Recipient of BG's Monie Beard Leadership and Bob Lawless Academic awards ... Team captain ... First-team academic all-conference ... Also lettered three years in basketball (guard) and two years in track and field (relays/sprints) ... Team captain for basketball team, as well ... National Honor Society ... Honor Roll all three years ... Coached by Kevin Wallace.

    Personal: Born Jared J. Carpenter on 5/1/1990 ... Son of Moria and Kevin Jones.

    Alex Daniel
    6-0 * 200 * Roswell, Ga. * Roswell * Projected Position: Running Back * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: Two-time Georgia Coaches Association All-State and all-area selection ... PrepStar All-Southeast Region running back ... Ranked 117th-best running back nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... Rushed for 4,364 yards and 46 touchdowns during his four-year varsity career with the Hornets ... Orlando Sentinel All-South honoree ... Atlanta Journal-Constitution North Metro Offensive Player of the Year ... Alpharetta Review Offensive Player of the Year ... Roswell Beacon Player of the Year ... Roswell Neighbor Offensive MVP ... Score Atlanta Magazine All-State recipient ... Atlanta Touchdown Club Player of the Week ... Rushed for 677 yards in four playoff games in 2006 when Roswell won the Class 5A state title and finished 13-1-1 ... Ran for 371 yards (56 attempts) and six TD's in two playoff games in 2007 when the Hornets finished 10-3 and region champs ... Played in more varsity games than any other player in school history (Roswell was founded in 1948) ... Also returned kickoffs ... Lettered one year in track and field (sprints/relays) ... Coached by Tim McFarlin.

    Personal: Born Freeman Alexander Daniel on 5/9/1989 ... Son of Kenny and Donna Daniel.

    Neal Deiters (pronounced DIE-turs)
    6-8 * 310 * Elmhurst, Ill. * York * Projected Position: Offensive Line * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: SuperPrep All-Midwest and PrepStar All-Midwest Region offensive lineman ... Ranked 31st among all players (sixth among offensive tackles) in SuperPrep Illinois player ranking ... Ranked 36th-best offensive tackle nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... Chicago Tribune second-team All-State selection ... Two-time (2006-07) Daily Herald All-Area and All-West Suburban Silver Conference selection ... 2007 West Suburban Silver Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year ... Two-time academic all-state and all-conference selection ... Selected to play in 2007-08 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl ... Helped the Dukes rush for 2,553 yards his senior season and score 39 touchdowns ... Team captain ... Also lettered in track and basketball and played one year of baseball ... Four-year Honor Roll member ... School's mathematics honor society ... Coached by Bill Lech.

    Personal: Born Neal Patrick Deiters on 1/5/1990 ... Son of Rich and Kelly Deiters ... Played against current NU players Jack DiNardo (Hinsdale Central) and Kevin Watt (Glenbard West).

    Demetrius Dugar (pronounced doo-GAR)
    5-11 * 175 * Houston, Texas * Aldine * Projected Position: Cornerback * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: Two-year letterwinner for Houston prep power, Aldine High ... Earned 19-5A All-District honors as a cornerback/safety ... Helped the Mustangs to back-to-back Class 5A state playoff berths ... Totaled 83 tackles, 12 pass breakups, nine interceptions and seven tackles for loss ... Team captain ... Nominated to play in 2008 Bayou Bowl ... National Honor Society .. School's Honor Roll ... Also ran two years of track (sprints) ... Coached by Bob Jones.

    Personal: Born Demetrius Simon Dugar on 12/20/1989 ... Son of Mary Batiste and Allen Dugar.

    Jeremy Ebert
    6-0 * 175 * Hilliard, Ohio * Hilliard Darby * Projected Position: Wide Receiver * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: SuperPrep All-Midwest and PrepStar honorable mention All-Midwest Region selection ... Played quarterback in high school, but will move to wide receiver in college ... Ranked 80th among all players in SuperPrep Ohio player ranking ... Ranked 185th-best wide receiver nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... 2007 Ohio Capital Conference MVP ... Two-time first-team all-conference quarterback ... 2007 Columbus Area Football MVP ... 2006 Columbus Area Super 25 Team ... Two-time all-district selection (2006-07) ... This Week Newspaper Columbus Area Player of the Year for 2007 ... Panthers' 2007 team MVP ... For career, rushed for 2,692 yards (6.48 ypc on 415 attempts) and 26 TD's, while throwing for 3,835 yards (278-of-537) for 30 TD's ... Led the Panthers to their first playoff berth in school history in 2007 as Hilliard Darby reached the regional finals and finished 11-2 ... In regional final game, completed 21-of-29 passes for 321 yards and 4 TD's, and had 101 rushing yards on 18 carries ... Team captain ... Team won the 2007 Ohio Capital Conference title ... As a sophomore, helped team finish with the school's first winning season (6-4) ... Selected to play in a pair of all-star games: Ohio's North-South game and the Central Ohio game ... Also lettered in basketball (shooting guard) and track (sprints) ... Honor Roll all four years ... Coached by Paul Jenne.

    Personal: Born Jeremy J. Ebert on 4/6/1989 ... Son of Chip and Colleen Ebert, and Joanie Hershiser ... Father, Chip, is the athletics director at Darby.

    Demetrius Fields
    6-0 * 200 * Dallas, Texas * South Oak Cliff * Projected Position: Wide Receiver * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: Two-time All-District 14-4A wide receiver (first-team selection in 2006, second-team selection in 2007) ... Helped lead the Golden Bears to a 9-4 record in 2007, which included a perfect 5-0 league record in District 14-4A ... Played wide receiver and free safety for SOC ... Team captain ... In the team's final game vs. Hillcrest, the third round of the 4A playoffs, recorded two interceptions and a fumble recovery ... Totaled 17 receptions for 350 yards and three TD's as a senior ... SOC was a regional semifinalist in 2007 ... Missed part of his senior season with an injury ... Ranked 81st-best safety nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... Also plays guard for the Golden Bears' powerhouse basketball team, which is shooting for its fourth straight Texas 4A state title in 2008 ... Honorable mention all-district basketball selection (2006-07) ... Honor Roll ... Class salutatorian and vice president ... Coached by Christopher Gilbert.

    Personal: Born Demetrius Duran Fields on 7/7/1990 ... Son of Darrell and Marcella Fields ... Brother, Dexton, is a star receiver for Kansas (had seven receptions for 101 yards in KU's 2008 Orange Bowl win over Virginia Tech, and for the season, 63 receptions for 834 yards and six TD's).

    Caleb Harper
    5-11 * 180 * Murfreesboro, Tenn. * Siegel * Projected Position: Cornerback * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: PrepStar All-Southeast Region cornerback ... Two-time All-Region 4-5A honoree ... Played cornerback, wide receiver and running back, as well as kick and punt returner for the Stars ... Helped lead Siegel to a 6-4 record ... One of his career highlights was a 95-yard interception return for TD ... Led the Stars in receiving yards and interceptions ... Selected to play in Toyota East-West game but was unable to participate ... Team captain ... Played two years of basketball ... National Honor Society, Beta Club and Honor Roll all four years ... Coached by David Watson.

    Personal: Born Caleb Xavier Harper on 8/5/1990 ... Son of Rickey and Lisa Harper ... Uncle, J.W. Harper, is a former football coach at Texas Southern University and uncle, Ed Heath, is a former player for the Cincinnati Bengals.

    Evan Luxenburg
    6-3 * 275 * Beachwood, Ohio * Beachwood * Projected Position: Defensive Tackle * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: PrepStar All-Midwest Region honoree ... All-state and all-district lineman ... Three-time All-Chagrin Valley Conference selection ... Cleveland Plain Dealer all-star team member ... Plain Dealer Top Lineman award ... All-region and All-Sun Press honoree ... Two-time team MVP (2006 and 2007) ... Led the Bison with 30 tackles for loss his senior year ... Two-time team captain ... Also lettered in basketball ... Ohio Scholar-Athlete ... Coached by Ryan Williams.

    Personal: Born Evan Max Luxenburg on 6/13/1990 ... Son of Tom and Donna Luxenburg.

    Jeravin Matthews
    5-11 * 170 * Canonsburg, Pa. * Canon-McMillan * Projected Position: Wide Receiver * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: PrepStar All-East Region wide receiver ... Ranked 55th among all players (eighth among wide receivers) in SuperPrep Pennsylvania player ranking ... Named a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Washington Fabulous 22 All-Star ... Observer-Reporter Elite 11 selection ... Two-time All-District honoree (2006 and 2007) ... Two-time All-Great Southern Conference selection (first-team in 2007, second-team in 2006) ... Because of his outstanding speed, was used in a variety of ways for the Big Macs-returning kicks, catching passes, playing defense and running the football ... Averaged 5.3 yards per carry for career and totaled 1,014 yards ... Averaged 27.3 yards per return ... 19 receptions for 144 yards ... Selected to play in the North-South Washington County all-star game ... Also letters in track and holds school records for the outdoor 200 meters (22.37) and indoor records for the 60 meters (7.25), 200 meters (22.65), long jump (22' 5 1/2") and the 4x200 and 4x400 meter relays ... Captain for both football and track and field teams ... Honor Roll and High Honors ... Coached by Guy Montecalvo.

    Personal: Born Jeravin Michael Matthews on 12/19/1989 ... Son of Michelle Matthews.

    Brian Mulroe
    6-4 * 265 * Glenview, Ill. * Loyola Academy * Projected Position: Offensive Line * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: Rivals.com All-Region, SuperPrep All-Midwest and PrepStar All-Midwest Region offensive lineman ... Ranked seventh among all players in Rivals.com Illinois player ranking and 34th among all players in SuperPrep Illinois player ranking ... Ranked 20th-best offensive guard nationally by Rivals.com, 66th-best offensive tackle nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc., and 40th-best offensive guard nationally by SuperPrep ... Illinois IHSA Class 8A All-State lineman ... Earned first-team all-area honors from the Chicago Sun-Times and second-team all-state honors from the Chicago Tribune ... Two-time North Shore All-Area and All-Chicago Catholic League Blue first-team selection ... Academic all-state selection in both junior and senior seasons ... Led the Ramblers to Illinois Class 8A state playoffs in both 2006 (7-5 record) and 2007 (9-4) ... National Collegiate Scouting Association All-Area pick ... Also lettered in baseball (pitcher) for Loyola ... Team captain for both football and baseball ... Loyola First Honors ... Coached by John Holecek.

    Personal: Born Brian Patrick Mulroe on 2/23/1990 ... Son of Martin and Colleen Mulroe ... Played against York's Neal Deiters, a fellow 2008 NU signee, as a junior.

    Brett Nagel
    6-4 * 230 * Lemont, Ill. * Lemont * Projected Position: Superback * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: SuperPrep All-American (as an athlete) ... Rivals.com All-Region and PrepStar All-Midwest Region honoree (as a linebacker) ... Ranked the 23rd-best player (seventh among linebackers) by Rivals.com in Illinois player ranking, 17th-best prospect in the Midwest (six states) by SuperPrep and the 16th-best player (third among linebackers) by PrepStar in Illinois player ranking ... Ranked the 134th-best outside linebacker nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... Tremendous athlete who was primarily a quarterback and defensive back for Lemont ... IHSA Class 6A and Champaign News-Gazette All-State selection ... Three-time All-South Suburban Conference (Blue) honoree (2005-06-07) ... Tom Lemming's All-Area team (as a junior and senior) ... Second-team all-state selection by Chicago Tribune ... Joliet Herald, Southtown Star and Lemont Report All-Area teams ... Indians' two-time team Offensive MVP ... Four times named the Channel 6 Game MVP ... As a senior, rushed for 1,496 yards on 205 carries (7.3 ypc) and 21 TD's ... Also threw for 730 yards and 9 TD's ... As a junior, accounted for 19 TD's (13 rushing, 6 passing) and had four interceptions as a safety ... Invited to play in the Offense-Defense Bowl ... Helped lead the Indians to a three-year record of 29-8 (10-2, 8-3 and 11-3), with trips to the state playoffs each year ... Best finish came in 2007, when he directed Lemont to the state 6A title game for the first time in school history ... In a 2007 first-round win over Highland Park, rushed for 247 yards and three scores ... Finished 2007 as the state runners-up, falling to Joliet Catholic ... High Honor Roll each semester ... Illinois State Scholar ... Wendy's High School Heisman candidate ... Two-time academic all-state honoree ... Coached by Eric Michaelson.

    Personal: Born Brett Alan Nagel on 1/24/1990 ... Son of Ron and Linda Nagel ... His oldest brother, Aaron, plays football at Notre Dame ... Father, Ron, played at Miami (Ohio).

    David Nwabuisi (pronounced wah-BOO-see)
    6-0 * 215 * Houston, Texas * Episcopal * Projected Position: Linebacker * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: Earned All-Southwest Prepatory College honors as a running back and linebacker at Episcopal High School ... Totaled 51 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble his senior season ... As a running back, gained 1,400 yards on 213 carries (6.6 ypc) and had 14 receptions for 300 yards ... Scored 20 TD's in 2007 ... Set school marks for career rushing and scoring, as well as single-season scoring and total offense ... Two-time all-conference track and field selection ... Holds the Knights' shot put record ... Also captained that squad, as well as the Knights' basketball team ... Playing in Houston's All-Star Classic game ... Coached by Steve Leisz.

    Personal: Born David Ikechi Nwabuisi on 8/14/1989 ... Son of Austine and Rose Nwabuisi ... Sister, Rosemary, ran track at Texas, and brother, Austine, played football at Kansas (2001-04).

    Stone Pinckney
    6-0 * 215 * Columbia, S.C. * Hammond School * Projected Position: Linebacker * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: PrepStar All-Region linebacker ... SCISA Defensive Player of the Year for 2007 ... 3AAA all-state and all-region player ... Totaled 161 tackles in 13 games as a senior ... Also had 20 TFL's, nine sacks, four forced fumbles and one interception ... As a junior, had 120 tackles, 15 TFL's, three sacks and one forced fumble ... Registered single-game career highs of 21 tackles, three sacks and four TFL's ... Helped lead the Skyhawks to back-to-back state championships in 2006 and 2007 ... Hammond went unbeaten (13-0) in 2006 and 12-1 in 2007 ... Invited to play in the SCISA Oasis Shrine Bowl ... Team captain ... Also lettered one year in basketball and track ... Honor Roll all four years ... Coached by Erik Kimrey.

    Personal: Born Stone Michael Pinckney on 7/27/1990 ... Son of Sharon Pinckney and Michael Pinckney.

    Chuck Porcelli (pronounced por-SELL-ee)
    6-7 * 295 * Oak Brook, Ill. * Montini Catholic * Projected Position: Offensive Line * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: PrepStar All-Midwest, SuperPrep All-Midwest and Rivals.com All-Region offensive lineman ... Ranked the 26th-best player (seventh among offensive linemen) by Rivals.com in Illinois player ranking and 37th-best prospect by SuperPrep in Illinois player ranking ... Ranked the 93rd-best offensive tackle nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ...Three-year starter at offensive and defensive tackle ... Two-time All-Suburban Catholic Conference and All-Area selection ... Team captain ... Helped lead the Broncos to an 8-1 regular-season record and a 9-2 mark overall (lost in second round of Class 5A playoffs) ... High Honor Roll ... Played against 2007 NU signee Colin Armstrong ... Coached by Chris Andriano.

    Personal: Born Charles Joseph Porcelli on 7/11/1990 ... Son of Charles and Dagmar Porcelli ... Father, Charles, was a junior college All-American and went on to play at Miami (Ohio).

    Jeff Radek (pronounced RADDICK)
    6-6 * 300 * Naperville, Ill. * Neuqua Valley * Projected Position: Offensive Line * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: Rivals.com All-Region, SuperPrep All-Midwest and PrepStar All-Midwest offensive tackle ... Ranked 19th among all players (third among offensive lineman, second among tackles) in Rivals.com Illinois player ranking and 30th among all players in SuperPrep Illinois player ranking ... Ranked 58th-best offensive tackle nationally by Rivals.com and 55th-best offensive tackle nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... Received special mention on Chicago Tribune's 2007 all-state squad ... Two-time All-Upstate 8 selection (honorable mention in 2006 and 2007) ... Tabbed the "Fastest Lineman" at the 2007 Nike Midwest Combine ... Rise Magazine 2007 first-team All-Area selection ... National Collegiate Scouting Association National Student-Athlete of the Month (September, 2007) ... Helped lead the Wildcats to the second round of the Class 8A playoffs in both 2006 and 2007 ... Neuqua Valley won the Upstate 8 crowns in 2005 and 2006 ... Helped block for Anton Wilkins, who broke all the school and conference rushing and scoring records ... Also lettered in track and field, qualifying for sectionals in the shot and discus in 2005 and 2006 ... Honor Roll in 2006, 2007 and 2008 ... Coached by Bryan Wells.

    Personal: Born Jeffrey William Radek on 10/13/1989 ... Son of Bill and Diana Radek ... Father, Bill, played football at Wisconsin ... Cousin, John Lynch, was a nine-time All-Pro safety for the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos ... Cousin, Ryan Lynch, pitched for the Minnesota Twins.

    Quentin Williams
    6-4 * 235 * Pittsburgh, Pa. * Pittsburgh Central Catholic * Projected Position: Linebacker * Watch Highlight Video

    High School: Rivals.com All-Region, SuperPrep All-Northeast and PrepStar All-East Region tight end/defensive end ... Ranked 11th-best tight end nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc., the 20th-best player overall by SuperPrep in the Pennsylvania player ranking and the 25th-best player overall by Rivals.com in the Pennsylvania player ranking ... Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22" honoree ... First-team all-state selection ... Played tight end, defensive end and wide receiver for the Vikings, who captured the Pennsylvania AAAA state title in 2007 ... Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25" ... 2007-08 AP State Player of the Year ... Three-time All-Foothills Conference (WPIAL) ... Also a member of the Vikings' 2004-05 state championship team ... Both clubs went a perfect 16-0 ... Team won two WPIAL titles (2004 and 2007) ... Selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic: Pennsylvania all-stars vs. Ohio all-stars ... Competed in "THE GAME," against Gateway High in the WPIAL Championship in the acclaimed best championship game ever played ... PCC won in overtime, 35-34 ... Also a standout baseball player, lettering every year as an outfielder and pitcher ... Student Council president and Honor Roll ... Coached by Terry Totten.

    Personal: Born Quentin Ross Williams on 11/30/1989 ... Son of Gerald G. and the late Evelyn G. Williams ... Brother, Nate, is a redshirt sophomore linebacker for Northwestern in 2008 ... Becomes the first NU brother tandem since Brian and Scott Musso both played with the Wildcats in 1997 ... Uncle, Les, played defensive end for Arkansas ... Will play both football and baseball (pitcher/outfielder) at Northwestern.