Marist's Jefferson Talks About Decision

The Marist Redhawks football team is off to a 2-0 start under first-year coach Pat Dunne following their 25-15 win over Sandburg on Friday night. One of the leaders of the Redhawk defense, senior defensive tackle Nabal Jefferson, is looking forward to arriving in DeKalb next season. Hear what the future Huskie had to say as he checks in with in this report.

For Chicago Marist's Nabal Jefferson, the decision to verbally commit to Northern Illinois and first-year coach Jerry Kill was an easy one. "My coach and I were going over all the possible scenarios and I decided to commit to Northern, because it was the perfect fit," Jefferson said.

"I liked the coaches," Nabal added. "I liked the environment. I liked everything there. It just seemed like the right thing to do."

The 6-1, 270 lb. defensive tackle had also received interest from New Mexico, Northwestern, and Western Michigan.

Jefferson had made the trip to DeKalb to observe the Huskies as they worked out. "I had been out to see them practice two or three times." Jefferson said.

"The school is nice," Nabal shared. "The people are nice. The coaches are very good coaches. The environment, the intensity, everything was just great."

Marist's win over Sandburg on Friday was chosen as Fox-TV's High School Game of the Week. After a 4-5 finish last season, the Redhawks are off to a good start. "We've made great improvement, but we still have a long way to go," Jefferson said. "We've got a lot to do to get better and be the best we can be."

Jefferson becomes the fifth member of NIU's 2009 recruiting class. He joins quarterback Jordan Lynch, quarterback A.J. Hill, cornerback Dominique Ware, defensive tackle Zach Anderson, and cornerback Dominique Ware.

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