Romeoville senior running back Perez Ford has committed to Northern Illinois.
Ford, who is 6-2 and 220 pounds, chose the Huskies over Indiana and Western Michigan.
"I was attracted to their history of running backs," Ford said. "They've had Michael Turner and the last two years Chad Spann. They've been having great running backs. I see myself being the next one."
Ford qualified for Illinois track and field state meet in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes last season. He also recently ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash.
"I'm a hard runner," said Ford, whose goal is 1,000 rushing yards this upcoming season. "I like to lower my shoulder and stiff arm. People who haven't seen me run, I can get in the open field and break it."
Northern Illinois now has six Class of 2012 commitments.