Rod Carey is doing quite well for himself on the recruiting trail in his own backyard. On Wednesday evening, the Huskies landed their second commitment for the class of 2016 as well as their second commitment from the Chicago-land area. QB Anthony Thompson announced his decision on his Twitter page.
Thompson currently plays for football powerhouse, Mt. Carmel in Chicago, Illinois. For those die hard NIU fans out there, that school may ring a bell seeming as it's Jordan Lynch's alma mater. As a matter of fact, Thompson tells us that he's been following Lynch since his freshman year of high school. Both Lynch and Thompson were led by legendary coach Frank Lenti who has won nine state championships during his time at Mt. Carmel.
Shortly after his commitment, Thompson caught up with Hustle Belt to chat a little about why he chose the Huskies.
"My family and I thought the football program was structured very well. The coaching staff made me feel at home. They emphasize academics as much as they do football and i felt like they really care about their players."
Thompson received an offer from the Huskies earlier in the week.
VERY BLESSED to have received an offer from Northern Illinois University! ⚫️⚪️ #GoHuskies pic.twitter.com/OsF0fPNiE7— Anthony Thompson (@antthony_t) April 21, 2015
Thompson is a southpaw who is known for his running skill at the high school level, however he made significant improvement throwing the football throughout his junior year. After missing out on QB/ATH Alec Ingold in the 2015 recruiting cycle, the Huskies have found their true dual-threat quarterback that they were looking for.
During his time at NIU, Thompson hopes to "help the team continue to win MAC championships and bowl games." Thompson is definitely capable of playing a vital role in continuing NIU's success and it seems like he's focused on accomplishing that well.
Check out Thompson's highlights courtesy of Hudl below: