Milwaukee (Wis.) Homestead 2015 Forward Jaylen Key is off the board. One of the top risers not only in the Badger State, but in the Midwest over the summer, the lengthy, smooth forward will take his talents to Northern Illinois after taking an official visit to DeKalb this weekend.

“I just really liked the school,” Key told NY2LA Sports. “I really like the players. Nobody on the coaching staff pressured me to commit. They just made me feel like a part of the team. I was just comfortable with the whole situation.”

Key chose Northern Illinois over other offers from Wisconsin-Milwaukee, The Citadel, South Dakota, South Dakota State, and Portland among others. He also took an official visit to The Citadel.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward called Head Coach Mark Montgomery on Sunday to notify him of his decision.

“He was really excited,” said Key. “He said he was going to call all of his assistants and they’d be really excited. He’s ready to get me there.”

Key took his official visit to Northern Illinois with his AAU teammate and close friend Levi Bradley from Pius XI High School. Could the Huskies score a pair of Milwaukee stars? 

“Hopefully all the pieces fall in place and he comes with me,” said Key. “It’s his decision, but it would be good to have him come with me.”

Key is the first known verbal commit for Northern Illinois’ class of 2015. Able to defend nearly all five positions on the floor as well as contribute as a role player or scorer, Key possesses many qualities that could let him see the floor early for the Huskies. 

“They really like my motor and the number of positions I can play,” he said. “My ability to play hard and make plays. They want me to play hard on both ends. They said if I keep up that mentality, I can play as a freshman.”

Key played for Wisconsin United during the travel season.