“It’s a good hour from home, so my parents can make it up,” Ippolito said on Monday. “The coaching staff was huge in my decision. They were really big in my recruiting process. They just took me in as another part of their family.”
Ippolito has often been schemed against this season, but he still has 29 tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks and one fumble recovery for Neuqua Valley. He had 75 tackles and 10 sacks last season.
Ippolito is expected to play defensive end in college.
“With my length, my arms, I’m really good with my hands,” Ippolito said. “Speed-wise, I’m really quick off the ball.”
Northern Illinois has eight Class of 2012 commitments, including five from Illinois.