Northern Illinois landed its first linebacker in the class of 2016 recently. Corey Lersch, an Illinois native, committed to NIU immediately after the Huskies coaching staff offered him.
Lersch will play both tight end and linebacker during his senior year at McHenry HS located in McHenry, Illinois. It seems that Lersch is adjusting to learning the linebacker position as he primarily played on the offensive end as a junior.
At 6-foot-4 210 pounds, Lersch possesses a rare combination of size and speed which should help him adjust to the college level as well as transition over from tight end to linebacker.
Another reason to believe that Lersch should make a seamless transition to linebacker is the fact that he is a three sport athlete in high school. Lersch participates in football, basketball, as well as track and field. Three sport athletes are a rarity nowadays as it takes a great athlete to accomplish such a feat. It seems that coaches like Rod Carey value exceptional athletes like Lersch.
All in all, NIU is known for finding athletic players who seem to fly under-the-radar during the recruiting process for one reason or another, yet experience success in DeKalb. It's been their formula for years and Lersch seems to fit this description perfectly.