Oswego standout tackle the latest to commit to NIU

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Oswego standout tackle the latest to commit to NIU

Oswego junior defensive tackle Jack Hugunin (6-foot-3, 255 pounds) made a visit to Northern Illinois University on Monday for the Huskies' spring practice.

He didn't wait much longer to decide where he'll play, as he gave a same-day verbal commmitment to head coach Thomas Hammock. 

"I knew that I was going to go to NIU for the spring practice {Monday} and give NIU my commitment," Hugunin said. "I've been to NIU now a bunch of times and overall it's just the best fit for me and that's why I decided to commit."

The school's location and winning history played major roles in the selection.

"My goal has always been to get a college degree and play football at the highest possible level and I can get that done at NIU. I'll get to play in a great conference (Mid American Conference) and also play in a winning football program that's also 45 minutes from home. NIU really showed me a lot of love from very early on in the process and they were my first offer. I have a really good connection with all of the coaches at NIU. They really welcomed me when I first visited and it's just gotten better each time I visit. Academically, NIU is also a really good fit for me."

Hugunin is now the Huskies third known in-state verbal commitment and the program's fourth commitment overall so far this spring. Hugunin joins Peoria WR Kaevion Mack, West Aurora DE Matt Johnson and Milwaukee Vincent's ILB Devonte Lee.

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

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VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

It's a rivalry within a rivalry: "The Joliets vs. The Oswegos." Who wants it more? 

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area basketball fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Thursday. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on Friday night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday. We're going all out for a pair of crosstown rivalry games that we are going to pair against...each other: 

Joliet Central at Joliet West, 5:45 p.m.

Oswego East at Oswego, 6:30 p.m.

— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
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We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 3 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.

Power Rankings: #19 - Oswego

Power Rankings: #19 - Oswego

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Oswego

Head coach: Brian Cooney

Assistant Coaches:  M. Kersting, K. Hoinkes, J. Harazin, G. Verdino, B. Wilson, J Hugunin, A Imbordino

How they fared in 2017: 10-2 (8-1 Southwest Prairie Conference), Oswego made the 2017 Class 8A IHSA state playoff field and defeated Naperville North and Glenbard West before losing to Lincoln-Way East in the quarterfinal round.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 vs Plainfield Central
Aug. 31 @ Minooka
Sept 7 vs Plainfield North
Sept. 15 @ Joliet West
Sept. 21 vs Plainfield East
Sept. 28 @ Romeoville
Oct. 5 @ Oswego East
Oct. 12 vs Joliet Central
Oct. 19 @ Plainfield South

Biggest storyline: Can the Panthers win the Southwest Prairie Conference title for the eighth straight year?

Names to watch this season: RB Charles Coleman WR/DB Josh Forney

Biggest holes to fill: Oswego will need to reload on the defensive side of the football in 2018 with just two starters back from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Oswego and head coach Brian Cooney has his Panthers playing hard nosed and very physical football on both sides of the football to great success. Look for the Panthers offense to utilize it's backfield which includes senior big back Charles Coleman (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) and to establish the run game led by big offensive line with three returning starters including senior OL Cole Kiestwetter (6-foot-2, 260 pounds). If the Panthers defense can develop sooner rather than later this season expect Oswego again be a team to watch in the post-season in 2018.