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Sunday, December 30, 2012
N. Illinois, MAC see big recruiting boost

By Jared Shanker

What’s one sign of a program on the rise? How about when it goes through a coaching change and its top commitment -- who has a BCS offer -- doesn't even bat an eye.

That is the transformation Northern Illinois has undergone the last two seasons, culminating with a berth in a BCS bowl against a former national champion.

“It’s made my commitment very exciting,” said Corey Winfield, a three-star prospect out of St. Louis Riverview Gardens and the Huskies’ top commit. “I’m ready to move on and be a part of the team.”

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