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Saturday, June 11, 2011
WWS' Vitale commits to NU

By Scott Powers

Wheaton Warrenville South Class of 2012 athlete Dan Vitale committed to Northwestern on Friday.

Vitale, a 6-4, 220-pounder, was offered a scholarship while attending Northwestern’s camp on Friday and committed on the spot.

“This was his perfect fit,” Wheaton Warrenville South coach Ron Muhitch said. “That’s his dream school. Dan’s one of our prized student-athletes out of Wheaton Warrenville South from this upcoming class. I think he’s going to be everything Northwestern believes in as student-athlete. H’s just a great fit for them.”

Vitale has played a number of offensive positions for Wheaton Warrenville South, which won the Class 7A state title last season, and could play as a safety, linebacker or superback for Northwestern.

“They’re getting a versatile player,” Muhitch said. “He’s a big kid with great speed. Dan is open to doing both sides of the ball. I think [Northwestern coach] Pat [Fitzgerald] has elevated their play and made Northwestern a primary option for kids who have good grades instead of being a second thought for football.”

Northwestern now has six Class of 2012 recruits, including four in-state recruits.