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Phillips defensive tackle Queneil Morrison commits to NIU

Phillips defensive tackle Queneil Morrison commits to NIU

Phillips junior defensive tackle recruit Queneil Morrison (6-foot-2, 300 pounds) gave Northern Illinois University his verbal commitment Saturday afternoon. Morrison, who is in DeKalb attending the Huskies spring game, told head coach Rod Carey his decision.

"I committed to NIU," Morrison said. "I just like NIU and it's a good school and a good program. I also really like the people at NIU and it's feel like a great place fort me."

Morrison, who had offers from Toledo and Bowling Green, was starting to draw increased recruiting looks from several FBS schools this spring.

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Why commit this early to the NIU Huskies?

"I just really like NIU and I also didn't want to lose my opportunity that I have at NIU by waiting too long," Morrison said.

Morrison is now the fourth in-state verbal commitment to the Huskies' 2018 Class, joining Andrew defensive end Mike DeHaan, Plainfield East defensive end Jack Sullivan and Maine South running back Fotis Kokosioulis. Earlier this week, Danville junior offensive tackle Julian Pearl (6-foot-7, 245 pounds), who was the first 2018 commitment for the Huskies, backed out and gave Illinois his commitment after he was offered a scholarship earlier this week.

Danville offensive tackle Julian Pearl verbally commits to Northern Illinois

Danville offensive tackle Julian Pearl verbally commits to Northern Illinois

Recruiting never stops. Just five days after signing its 2017 recruiting class, NIU and head coach Rod Carey added its first known verbal commitment to the Huskies' 2018 class.

Danville junior offensive tackle recruit Julian Pearl (6-foot-7, 245 pounds) made a recent unofficial visit last week to NIU and earlier today gave the Huskies his early verbal commitment.

"I committed to NIU earlier today," Pearl said. "I just really felt comfortable at NIU when I visited with my mom last week. The more I thought about it the more I was ready. NIU feels like a great fit."

Pearl, a multi-sport athlete at Danville was offered by NIU as an offensive tackle recruit in the Class of 2018.

"NIU likes me as an offensive tackle," Danville said. "They feel like I will be able to add more weight and size. NIU also likes my mobility and quickness and feel that my future will be on the offensive line in college."

Pearl is the first known verbal commitment to the NIU Huskies Class of 2018.