Marian Catholic junior running back recruit Tajheem Lawson (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) gave NIU and head coach Thomas Hammock his verbal commitment over the weekend.
"NIU just feels like home to me and that was the big factor," Lawson said. "Everyone at NIU has always been very welcoming the different times I've visited the school. It's a program that is based on family and a loving foundation. NIU just feels right to me, so I committed."
Lawson was asked why he decided to give NIU his decision this early spring.
"I just felt like I know what I want and where I want to go to school, so why wait to make a decision? NIU feels like a great fit for me in a lot of different ways," he said. "I know a few guys already on the team and NIU and I also know Travon (Rudolph) from Crete, who will be on the team next year. NIU's offense is a great fit for me since they look to run the football and I also know I'll get a great education at NIU."
Lawson, who said his final two schools came down to NIU and Miami of Ohio, is the eight known verbal commitment in the NIU Class of 2021 and the sixth known in state commitment. He joins Sterling DE Trevon Jordan, Richmond Burton OT Luke Eckardt, Aurora Christian QB Ethan Hampton, Solorio S Brian Whitsey and Batavia WR Trey Urwiler as in-state pledges for the Huskies.