Detroit (Mich.) Mumford offensive lineman Daron Brown has seen his offer totals pick increase steadily throughout the summer and early fall, but a late offer from Northern Illinois put the 6-5, 315-pound lineman on a path to a commitment.
On Sunday, Brown phoned Northern Illinois assistant coach Eddie Faulkner to inform him he was officially committing to the Huskies.
"When they offered me, I knew out of all my offers that's where I wanted to go," Brown said. "I had a visit there yesterday, so that was said and done right there. It feels great because I know that's where I want to be, know that's where I need to be and that's where I am going to be in '12."
Although Brown has been leaning towards the Huskies since they offered in late August, he had not seen the campus in-person until yesterday when he made an unofficial visit to DeKalb for their home game against Kent State.
"They played excellent ball yesterday against Kent State. The defense played really good," Brown said. "I have an opportunity to come in and play. They have five senior offensive linemen, so they are looking for some freshmen to come in and play. I know I can come in and fill that void."
Brown could project to the guard or tackle positions in college, though he expects Northern Illinois will play him at the guard position.
Other schools that offered Brown included Akron, Alabama State, Buffalo and Western Michigan. He will take his official visit to Northern Illinois the weekend of Dec. 10.