Created:Monday, February 4, 2013 1:37 p.m.CDT
Updated:Wednesday, February 6, 2013 4:47 p.m.CDT
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Signing Day Central

By DAILY CHRONICLE STAFF - sports@daily-chronicle.com
Aurora Christian's Brandon Mayes (left, diving) will be one of several high school players to sign a letter of intent Wednesday to play for Northern Illinois. (Chronicle file photo)

Coming off back-to-back Mid-American Conference championships and a trip to the Orange Bowl, Northern Illinois will try to capitalize on its unprecedented success by signing its next recruiting class.

On Wednesday, NIU will have its first opportunity to sign players to a written letter of commitment.

Here's a breakdown of what you can expect from HuskieWire.com for signing day coverage:
Tuesday:
We'll lead our coverage with someone already on NIU's campus, Prairie Ridge graduate Sean Folliard. Why did he decide to enroll early in DeKalb?
Wednesday, 5:30 a.m.:
Wake up with some analysis on past recruiting classes. How accurate have the major recruiting services and high school scouting reports been on past Huskie recruiting classes? We revisit the Classes of 2008 and 2009, which were a major part of Northern Illinois' trip to the Orange Bowl.

NIU, once again, went through a coaching change near the end of the recruiting season. How did Rod Carey and his coaching staff keep many of NIU's commits and how did they adjust to new roles?
8 a.m:
Daily Chronicle beat writer Steve Nitz starts your day with a live blog. He'll have updates throughout the day on NIU's signing class.
2:30 p.m.:
NIU coach Rod Carey conducts his news conference to announce all the members of his first signing class in DeKalb. We'll have live updates throughout the news conference.

Check out our interview with new NIU running backs coach Roy Manning here.

Watch our interview with NIU offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Bob Cole here.
5 p.m.:
Get your Twitter questions into @HuskieWire by 5 for our video Twitter Q&A.
Night:
We'll have the full roundup from signing day, including video from Carey's news conference and reaction to NIU's latest class.

Here is a running list of players in the Class of 2013 who have verbally committed to the Huskies and head coach Rod Carey prior to Signing Day.

Chad Beebe
High school:
Aurora Christian HS, Aurora, IL Height: 6-0Weight: 165Position: WR Video interview:Click here for our exclusive interview with Chad Beebe Highlight reel:Click here

Jordan Huff High school: St. Paul's Episcopal School, Mobile, ALHeight: 5-11Weight: 205 Position: RB Highlight reel:Click here to watch Huff's junior season highlights

Malik Mitchell High school: Milton HS, Alpharetta, GAHeight: 6-3Weight: 185 Position: WR

William Lee High school: Arsenal Technical HS, Indianapolis, INHeight: 6-2Weight: 290 Position: DTHighlight reel:Click here

Joel Bouagnon
High school:
Aurora Christian HS, Aurora, ILHeight: 6-2Weight: 224 Position: RB Video interview:Click here for our exclusive interview with Joel BouagnonHighlight reel:Click here

Mycial Allen High school: King HS, Detroit, MIHeight: 6-1Weight: 185 Position: RB Highlight reel:Click here

Draco Smith
High school:
Mount Carmel HS, Chicago, ILHeight: 5-9Weight: 165 Position: RB Highlight reel:Click here

Shane Wimann
High school
: Wisconsin Dells HS, Wisconsin Dells, WIHeight: 6-4Weight: 220 Position: TE

Sean Folliard High school: Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, ILHeight: 6-2Weight: 205 Position: OLB Video interview:Click here for our exclusive interivew with Sean Folliard

Robert Jones High school: Monsignor Pace HS, Miami, FLHeight: 6-0Weight: 210 Position: OLB Video interview:Click here for our exclusive interview with Robert Jones Highlight reel:Click here

Blake Holder High school: Streamwood HS, Streamwood, ILHeight: 6-1Weight: 185 Position: WRHighlight reel:Click here

Brandon Mayes High school: Aurora Christian HS, Aurora, ILHeight: 5-11Weight: 170 Position: CB Video interview:Click here for our exclusive interview with Brandon Mayes Highlight reel:Click here to watch Mayes' junior year highlights

Tate Briggs
High School:
Montini Catholic, Lombard, ILHeight: 6-5Weight: 300Position: OL

Ben Maruska
High School:
Fond du Lac HS, Fond du Lac, WIHeight: 6-5Weight: 290Position: OL

Jackson Abresch
High School:
Arrowhead HS, Heartland, WIHeight: 6-1Weight: 185Position: DB

Aregeros Turner
High School:
Copley HS, Copley, OhioHeight: 5-11Weight: 180Position: RB

Jamaal PaytonHigh School: Proviso West; Bellwood, Ill.
Height:
6-0
Weight:
210
Position:
LB

Nick CieslakHigh School: Kettle Moraine; Oconomowoc, Wisc.
Height:
6-3
Weight:
170
Position:
QB

Jake HeckelHigh School: Waukesha West; Waukesha, Wisc.
Height:
6-2
Weight:
200
Position:
TE

Zeb McLaurinHigh School: St. Ignatius; Chicago, Ill.
Height:
5-11
Weight:
180
Position:
CB

Nick CalhounHigh School: Lourdes; Oshkosh, Wisc.
Height:
6-5
Weight:
300
Position:
OL

Justin CorbettHigh School: Lincoln-Way East
Height:
6-2
Weight:
200
Position:
S

Ryan StendlerHigh School: Homestead; Mequon, Wisc.
Height:
6-4
Weight:
220
Position:
TE

We look forward to being your home for signing day coverage for NIU. Check back all throughout Wednesday for news, video and information about NIU's latest signing class. Follow us on Twitter @HuskieWire and send us questions throughout the day for our video Q&A that will run Wednesday night on HuskieWire.com.

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