Northern Illinois and head coach Rod Carey were able to wrap up spring practice over the weekend, while also kicking off recruiting efforts in fine fashion.
NIU added their first known verbal commitment for the Class of 2016 when Loyola Academy junior defensive tackle Ben LeRoy (6-foot-2, 250 pounds) gave the Huskies his verbal commitment on Saturday.
"It's really everything that Northern Illinois has to offer that appealed to me," LeRoy said. "NIU is a strong football program that offers a great education. I get along great with the coaches and the guys on the team. I just walk around the campus and everyone is just so friendly.
"NIU is just a great fit for me. I talked it over with my family and they also are excited about my decision. NIU is just a great fit and I feel very comfortable at NIU so I decided why wait to make a decision."