- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
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.”