NIU receives commitment from DE/OLB Chamaar Smith

Northern Illinois received its seventh commitment for the 2019 recruiting cycle down from Indiana. Chamaar Smith, a defensive end from Indianapolis, Ind. (Decatur Central), made his announcement via Twitter on Friday.


Smith also held offers from Ball State, Eastern Kentucky, North Dakota, Eastern Michigan and Austin Peay. Two weeks ago, Smith tweeted that he had NIU, Ball State and EKU as his top three picks.

By, Smith is a two-star recruit with a composite score of 0.7899, but he’s also listed as an outside linebacker. His highlight tape on Hudl shows him playing primarily at defensive end, but he’ll probably be tried out at different positions. He’s currently listed at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds and is already in great shape.

The Huskies really, really like staying in the midwest for its recruiting and Smith is more proof of that. He’s the seventh to commit to NIU for the next signing class, the first from Indiana. NIU also has five commits from the home state and one more from Michigan.

In the 2018 signing class, NIU got quarterback Jiya Wright (Fort Wayne, Ind.; Homestead) and cornerback J.D. Harris (Columbus, Ind.; Columbus North) to sign out of the Hoosier state.

Smith is also the fourth defensive player to commit to the Huskies so far, the second along the defensive line with in-state recruit Cam Mattox being the other defensive end.

A list of NIU’s current class of 2019:

Name POS From School 247sports comp. State
Mark Aitken CB/WR Chicago, Ill. Kenwood 0.7999 Illinois
Romel Goston CB Chicago, Ill. Al Raby 0.8199 Illinois
Cam Mattox DE Country Club Hills, Ill. Hilldcrest 0.8199 Illinois
Jalen McGaughy WR Detroit, Mich. Martin Luther King 0.7699 Michigan
Chamaar Smith DE/OLB Indianapolis, Ind. Decatur Central 0.7899 Indiana
Messiah Travis WR Chicago, Ill. Solorio Academy Illinois
Tom Trieb TE (RB/OLB) Buffalo Grove, Ill. Buffalo Grove 0.7799 Illinois


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