Created:Tuesday, January 12, 2010 12:04 a.m.CDT

Loos picks NIU

By DAN WOESSNER – Shaw News Service
Northern Illinois players gather at practice for the International Bowl in Toronto. (Scott Walstrom – NIU Media Services)

Tyler Loos isn't the kind of guy who likes being unable to answer questions. With a 4.0 grade-point average at Sterling High School, Loos doesn't miss many in the classroom.

The past few months, he hasn't had an answer for a question he was getting numerous times a day.

"Where are you going to school?"

On Friday, the senior offensive tackle who was a back-to-back Class 5A All-Stater finally had an answer. Loos verbally committed to play football for coach Jerry Kill and Northern Illinois University.

"It feels great to just finally have an answer to that question," Loos said. "There was a lot of pressure every day with people asking me all the time and not having an answer."

Loos was offered a full scholarship by Northern Illinois, which went 7-6 in 2009 and lost to South Florida at the International Bowl on Jan. 2.

Loos made his official visit to NIU on Dec. 18-19. It was there he met with Matt Limegrover, the Huskies' offensive coordinator and line coach, and several Huskies players.

"I really like coach Limegrover and got along great with the other players," Loos said. "I liked the campus and I liked that it was close to home so that my family and former coaches could come watch."

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Loos thinks he'll remain at tackle in the NIU system.

Loos was offered scholarships by Division I schools Wyoming, Western Michigan, Western Kentucky, Eastern Illinois, Southern Illinois and Illinois State.

He narrowed his options to NIU and Michigan State, a school that was recruiting Loos but had yet to offer him a scholarship. On Friday, Loos received a call from Michigan State telling him they had offered a defensive lineman instead.

"They said there was a possibility that there might be another scholarship available at the end of January, but I didn't want to wait that long," Loos said. "I liked NIU and I made my decision."

Loos started turning heads his sophomore season after holding his own in a 5A playoff game against Woodstock Marian's Sean Cwynar, currently a starter at Notre Dame.

As a senior he was a unanimous All-NCIC Reagan selection. As a junior, he placed 10th in the shot put at the Class 2A state track and field meet.

Loos has yet to pick a major.

"I am looking at engineering, business or computer technology," he said. "NIU has all of those. I've always worked well with numbers so I think I'd like either of those fields."

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