Coconut Creek (Fla.) North Broward wide receiver A.J. Sebastiano took official visits to Memphis and Northern Illinois, and upon returning home and thinking things over has reached a decision.
"I did commit to Northern Illinois," Sebastiano said. "It was the place that I really liked."
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound wideout talked a bit more about why Northern Illinois was the place for him.
"A lot of coaches try to make you feel like they want you, but they definitely wanted me," Sebastiano said. "The new coaching staff there with Coach (Dave) Doeren, Coach (Matt) Canada, and Coach (Bob) Cole - they made me feel right at home."
Also, the aggressive approach and winning style that Coach Doeren wants to bring to the Huskies fits Sebastiano as a player and person.
"Their program and what they bring to the table is exactly how I am and what my personality is, where my competitiveness comes from," Sebastiano said. "So it just matched up very nicely. It feels like a great place to be."
Just how competitive does Doeren, a former Wisconsin assistant who recently took the head coaching job, want his program to be?
"They don't plan to miss a beat from the winning program at NIU that Coach (Jerry) Kill built up," Sebastiano said. "They want to be the next TCU or Boise, they want to compete with the big dogs."
As for the offensive attack and where Sebastiano will fit in, that will be determined as the staff meets over the next month.
"The new coaching staff has only been there a few weeks and they have been focused on recruiting, so when everything wraps up, they are going to sit down and put together their playbook and the scheme of things," Sebastiano said. "They are going to bring a lot of things into it that (offensive coordinator) Coach Canada had at Indiana. So I am sure they are going to pass the ball more."
"As far as me they are going to use me inside and outside like I did in high school," Sebastiano added. "I can match up with linebackers while at the same time matching up with linebackers. They also plan to use me on punt returns and kick returns, on special teams."
Academically, Sebastiano is fully qualified.