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'Extremely strong' LB Stingily set to sign

By JOHN SAHLY - jsahly@daily-chronicle.com
Northern Illinois helmets line the walls of an equipment room inside the Yordon Center. The Huskies are set to unveil their recruiting class at a 1 p.m. news conference today. Stick with huskiewire.com throughout today for all of the information you need on NIU's new recruits. (Daily Chronicle file photo)

Cameron Stingily can rattle off the numbers just as easy as he shed blockers at Romeoville High School.

"I bench 345 [pounds], power clean 290 and squat 550," Stingily said.

It's little wonder then that Romeoville coach Jeff Kuna says the 6-foot-2, 230 pound linebacker is coming to Northern Illinois "extremely strong."

Today, Stingily will sign his National Letter of Intent and send it in to NIU. He will be one of many who will do the same as today is National Signing Day, when college football recruits make their decisions official.

"I am 110 percent committed to Northern Illinois," Stingily said.

That's a good thing for the Huskies, who have gone through some very public decommitments – Prospect quarterback Miles Osei to Illinois and Rich Central running back Giorgio Bowers to Akron – in the past month.

But Stingily is on board and said he will play middle linebacker at NIU after turning in a 1,000-yard, 13-touchdown season as a running back and a standout season at outside linebacker.

One big reason why Kuna thinks it will be a successful transition is Stingily's commitment to the weight room since Kuna arrived in Romeoville two years ago.

"He's very physically developed for an 18-year-old man," Kuna said. "That's only going to be an asset. He won't need a year or two in the weight room to get that level up. He's coming in Division-I ready."

Kuna added that Stingily has done plenty of weight room work on his own in addition to what's required of him as a member of the football team. Stingily said it's no trouble to get into the weight room and get work done and has contributed to effective playing style.

"I play fast and physical," Stingily said.

The linebacker said he made his decision to attend NIU after making an official visit in December and he liked the family atmosphere he felt there. NIU also was the first school to offer a scholarship and Stingily said was the only college that consistently followed up with him throughout the recruiting process. P.J. Fleck, who left NIU last month for Rutgers, was Stingily's recruiting coordinator.

"They really did a great job of showing interest and following up, even with myself, coach Fleck and the rest of the staff up there," Kuna said. "They were coordinating with me. Coach [Jerry] Kill runs a very classy program. He's really created that family atmosphere."

Stingiiy will also team with Bolingbrook linebacker Mike Hellams, who is expected to sign his letter of intent today and send it to NIU. Romeoville and Bolingbrook are rival high schools, but Stingily is looking forward to playing with Hellams in DeKalb.

"He's my roommate. it's cool, even though he's from Bolingbrook," Stingily said tongue-in-cheek. "We've been talking and me and him plan on taking over games."

Will the NIU football team play for the MAC title this year?
Yes
No
Too soon to tell