Julian LB Fleming commits to NIU

Julian senior linebacker Ladell Fleming has committed to Northern Illinois.

Fleming, who is 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, committed to the Huskies over interest from Ball State and Minnesota. He had a team-high 115 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions for Julian this season.

“He’s an aggressive, sideline-to-sideline type of linebacker,” Julian coach Jason Richardson said. “He’s just a smart player who makes plays. He was really flying under the radar. I think if he had got out earlier he would have got some really big offers. I think he’s a steal.

“I think he’s one of the best linebackers to come out of the city, and that includes Catholic and public schools.”

Fleming was impressed by Northern Illinois as a whole.

“I just like the way they do things around there,” Fleming said. “I think I fit in great there. I felt like I was part of a family up there.”

Northern Illinois now has 12 Class of 2012 commitments.