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Smokey Joe
02-06-2010, 11:50 AM
First off, I'm only posting this here cause for a while this board was almost like family and I remember a couple people wanted me to keep them updated on my situation. If you don't recall my situation, I was an aspiring D-I football player, didn't get recruiting out of high school, and went to JuCo. Well, I had a very successful first year in JuCo, and I just signed on with Northern Illinois University on signing day.

Here comes the bad news, as some of you may or may not have noticed, I've virtually disappeared for the past 6-7 months. Well, now with me being a D-I athlete and full time student, I will have absolutely no time to be posting on here anymore or actually really follow the NFL Draft at all. Im not gonna lie, Im gonna miss following the NFL draft with you guys, but I got to put my priorities first, and thats winning football games.

Just wanted to inform you guys, cause a lot of you are like my virtual family.

Shane P. Hallam
02-06-2010, 11:54 AM
Congrats on getting into NIU my man. We'll definitely keep up to date on how you are going on the team and all my friend!

Babylon
02-06-2010, 11:57 AM
First off, I'm only posting this here cause for a while this board was almost like family and I remember a couple people wanted me to keep them updated on my situation. If you don't recall my situation, I was an aspiring D-I football player, didn't get recruiting out of high school, and went to JuCo. Well, I had a very successful first year in JuCo, and I just signed on with Northern Illinois University on signing day.

Here comes the bad news, as some of you may or may not have noticed, I've virtually disappeared for the past 6-7 months. Well, now with me being a D-I athlete and full time student, I will have absolutely no time to be posting on here anymore or actually really follow the NFL Draft at all. Im not gonna lie, Im gonna miss following the NFL draft with you guys, but I got to put my priorities first, and thats winning football games.

Just wanted to inform you guys, cause a lot of you are like my virtual family.

So what's the bad news?:)

iowatreat54
02-06-2010, 12:07 PM
Holy **** dude, congrats!

I knew if you went to Harper you would get some D1 interest ;)

I'll be rooting for you guys come fall now.

bored of education
02-06-2010, 12:07 PM
Congrats Smokey. Best of luck to you

Smokey Joe
02-06-2010, 12:22 PM
Congrats on getting into NIU my man. We'll definitely keep up to date on how you are going on the team and all my friend!
Just promise me that I will get a 5 star grade by Scott in 3-4 years :)

Hawk
02-06-2010, 12:26 PM
I know Matt Krempel who goes to NIU. I think he's number 79. If you ever meet him ask him to do the screech.

Hines
02-06-2010, 12:26 PM
What position you playing?

Bills2083
02-06-2010, 12:29 PM
Congrats and best of luck to you.
And always remember us over here at SWDC!

is this you?
http://www.niuhuskies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/battaglia_matt00.html

CashmoneyDrew
02-06-2010, 12:34 PM
Good luck Smokey. Make us proud!

Smokey Joe
02-06-2010, 12:34 PM
I know Matt Krempel who goes to NIU. I think he's number 79. If you ever meet him ask him to do the screech.
I actually met him last weekend. He seemed to be a really cool guy.

Babylon
02-06-2010, 12:41 PM
Just promise me that I will get a 5 star grade by Scott in 3-4 years :)

We'll even put a bunch of ZZZZZs after your name and sky's the limit.

Bills2083
02-06-2010, 12:45 PM
We'll even put a bunch of ZZZZZs after your name and sky's the limit.

Smokey Joezzzzzzzz

Vikes99ej
02-06-2010, 12:45 PM
Congratulations dude, best of luck

vidae
02-06-2010, 02:29 PM
Congrats man, that's awesome!

No matter what you'll always be a part of these forums, especially when you get drafted in a few years! :)

Xonraider
02-06-2010, 02:44 PM
Smokey Joezzzzzzzz

lol smokey joezzz

good luck man, this is an awesome opportunity? Whats your name and your 40? maybe we can find a way to lie about it and Al Davis drafts you round one.

stephenson86
02-06-2010, 04:17 PM
whats your name?
northern illinois huskies????

JF4
02-06-2010, 04:19 PM
What position do you play?

CJSchneider
02-06-2010, 04:27 PM
Congratulations Matt, GO HUSKIES!
Are you playing Guard or Tackle?

stephenson86
02-06-2010, 04:47 PM
wonder how long itll be before we get answers lol

Xonraider
02-06-2010, 05:21 PM
wonder how long itll be before we get answers lol

Maybe another 6 months, lol

scottyboy
02-06-2010, 05:27 PM
congrats dude! I'll be rooting for NIU now! (as long as you don't play Rutgers)

Smokey Joe
02-06-2010, 05:51 PM
OL, probably gonna play guard

brat316
02-06-2010, 05:54 PM
Congrats man...but when you play Temple I can't root for you.

brat316
02-06-2010, 06:11 PM
I found you

Matt Battaglia

Canadian_kid16
02-06-2010, 06:15 PM
Hopefully NIU gets to play in the International Bowl while you're on the roster, I went to the game this year and it was alot of fun

Good luck man

SuperMcGee
02-06-2010, 10:04 PM
NIU?

Booooooooooo!!!

;) Nice work, Smokey. And good luck. Try not to get too abused by Stephen Means.

HeavyLeggedWaistBender
02-06-2010, 10:33 PM
Smokey Joezzz!!1! lol Give em hell man.

Make that great story have an awesome ending.

holt_bruce81
02-07-2010, 12:32 AM
Congrats man. Good luck!

themaninblack
02-07-2010, 12:43 AM
Congratulations Smokey. Quite an accomplishment.

Vox Populi
02-07-2010, 11:13 AM
Here's NFLDC's boy signing his LOI

http://goforward.harpercollege.edu/uploaded/athletics/2009-10_General_Images/battaglia_01.jpg

Matt Battaglia (Freshman – Marist) today signed a letter of intent with Northern Illinois University where he will continue playing football.

“Matt’s a great kid,” said Harper Head Coach Eric Waldstein, “He works every day at practice, in the weight room and the classroom where he has a 3.31 GPA.”

“With great leadership, he was a solid, consistent lineman for us all year,” adds coach Waldstein. “With his attitude, work ethic and playing ability, Matt is the type of player every Division 1 school is looking for.”

Google ftw.

edit. http://www.redandblackattack.com/2010/2/3/1290237/live-national-signing-day-coverage

Hahaha, check the picture they've got for him there. Awesome.

edit2. His JUCO highlights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRp0rHIfCeM
Man the internet is awesome lol

CJSchneider
02-07-2010, 11:18 AM
http://cdn0.sbnation.com/imported_assets/370477/mattbattaglia.jpg

...and SWDC History was made.

Go_Eagles77
02-07-2010, 11:30 AM
LOL that is great.

fischbowl
02-07-2010, 11:32 AM
Congrats Smokey! Shame to see you go, but best of luck

Sniper
02-07-2010, 12:07 PM
Congratulations!

vikes_28
02-07-2010, 10:31 PM
Congrats. Isn't NIU where Tyler Thigpen went?

CJSchneider
02-07-2010, 10:36 PM
Congrats. Isn't NIU where Tyler Thigpen went?

Coastal Carolina

GB12
02-07-2010, 10:39 PM
Congrats. Isn't NIU where Tyler Thigpen went?

No, not even close. Thigpen went to Coastal Carolina. Garrett Wolfe, Michael Turner, and Ryan Diem went to NIU though.

princefielder28
02-07-2010, 10:43 PM
Congrats! Keep working hard

CashmoneyDrew
02-07-2010, 10:47 PM
Damn, Smokey has been holding out. Brodeur will be jealous.

Rob S
02-07-2010, 11:22 PM
Matt, when you get drafted and become a Pro Bowler you must get me hired as strength and conditioning/nutrition guy for whatever team your on.

Nalej
02-09-2010, 08:49 AM
No, not even close. Thigpen went to Coastal Carolina. Garrett Wolfe, Michael Turner, and Ryan Diem went to NIU though.

Larry English?

FlyingElvis
02-09-2010, 09:10 AM
http://cdn0.sbnation.com/imported_assets/370477/mattbattaglia.jpg

...and SWDC History was made.

That's absolutely hysterical, especially with the qoute regarding the pic.

A legend is born, perhaps??


Good luck Smokey Joezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!

TitleTown088
02-09-2010, 11:18 AM
Here's NFLDC's boy signing his LOI

http://goforward.harpercollege.edu/uploaded/athletics/2009-10_General_Images/battaglia_01.jpg



Google ftw.

edit. http://www.redandblackattack.com/2010/2/3/1290237/live-national-signing-day-coverage

Hahaha, check the picture they've got for him there. Awesome.

edit2. His JUCO highlights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRp0rHIfCeM
Man the internet is awesome lol


I was expecting the NFLDC burly bear to be more burly and bearish. :(

Just kidding of course, good luck man. I hope you tear it up and we evaluate you as a prospect. Then the Packers drafts you one day and you become a HOF packer. Irony.

The Unseen
02-09-2010, 12:31 PM
I hope you tear it up and we evaluate you as a prospect.

But then Scott and all of us have to talk about his negatives.

awkward....

But srsly, congrats man.

Xonraider
02-09-2010, 01:43 PM
Next step: 'Roidzz. It will get you on the NFL!! (ask Shawn Merriman)

iowatreat54
02-09-2010, 01:56 PM
Next step: 'Roidzz. It will get you on the NFL!! (ask Shawn Merriman)

http://www.thecinemasource.com/moviesdb/images/VarsityBluesSlide7-300.jpg

Don't do it. It's not worth it Wendell.