Over the next two weeks, NIUHuskies.com will preview every position on the 2013 Northern Illinois football team, continuing today with the wide receivers. In addition, sign up for Huskies All-Access to see a video breakdown of every position with interviews and practice highlights. The video will be available within 24 hours after the article is posted. Wednesday's position group: defensive line.
High School: Named to the all-state preseason watchlist entering his senior season at Milton High School. Ranked as a three-star recruit by ESPN. Caught 40 passes for 500 yards and four touchdowns with the Eagles as a senior. Also intercepted one pass playing defensive back in 2012. Gained 300 yards on 30 receptions as a junior despite missing three games during the season. Helped lead the Eagles to their first playoff berth since 2008 during the 2011 campaign. Began his varsity career as a sophomore, where he caught five passes for 100 yards in the final five games of the season. Played for Team USA on the 2010 Trans-Pacific Cup team.
Personal: Born Dec. 10, 1994, in Chicago Heights, Ill. Son of Walter Mitchell and Diane Hawkins. Undecided on a major. Active volunteer with the Miracle League and NFL Play 60. Enjoys traveling. Admires Michael Jordan, Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green.