Northern Illinois gets on the board

Chad Beebe (Aurora, Ill./Christian), the son of former NFL wide receiver Don Beebe and Aurora Christian head coach, has become the first Class of 2013 verbal for Northern Illinois, multiple sources report.

"There were times selfishly speaking I wanted to just say I got a full ride from a Big Ten school but then I kind of thought about that more, and what does that really matter," Chad Beebe told the Daily Chronicle. "I knew NIU at the time was going to be right for me. After praying about it and all that, it just felt right."

Ball State, Bowling Green, Colgate, Illinois State, North Dakota, Western Illinois and Wyoming also extended scholarship offers to the 5-foot-9, 165-pound receiver. Northwestern and Purdue showed interest.