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Six walk-ons land on NU football team

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Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald announced that six non-scholarship players had earned positions on the Wildcats for this fall.

From a NU release they are:

Hayden Baker
6-2 • 260, Cary-Grove
Projected Position: Offensive Line

High School: A near-consensus all-state selection in 2009, earning first-team nods from the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association, Chicago Tribune and Champaign News-Gazette ... A Chicago Sun-Times Top-25 All-Area team selection ... ESPN Chicago All-Area Preps team ... Two-time selection (2008 and 2009) to the Daily Herald and Northwest Herald all-area teams ... Team's two-time Offensive Line MVP (center) ... Helped lead the Trojans to the 2009 state title, the school's first, with a 34-17 win over Providence Catholic ... In state title game, faced Providence's all-state nose tackle Steve Laski ... Trojans went unbeaten in conference play two straight years (2008-09) ... Helped Cary-Grove amass 5,289 total yards, which included 4,444 rushing yards ... Trojans, using a triple-option offense, scored 546 points in two seasons ... Team, which went 53-1 in regular-season play from 2004-09, received MaxPreps Tour of Champions Trophy ... Team captain ... His football record with the Trojans was 41-3 ... Also competed in wrestling, track and lacrosse ... Won the lacrosse team's "Physical Presence" award ... Also won the "Harlem Big Man Challenge" lineman competition ... High Honor Roll eight semesters ... NHS, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar and two-time Academic All-State selection ... Coached by Bruce Kay. 
Personal: Born Hayden Patrick Baker ... Son of Robert and Mary Ellen Baker ... Uncle played football at Iowa and played in the Rose Bowl ... Anticipated major is biological sciences.

Joe Cannon
6-0 • 175
Oconomowoc, Wis. • Marquette University H.S.
Projected Position: Defensive Back

High School: A second-team all-conference cornerback for the Hilltoppers, which went 14-0 and won Wisconsin's Division I state title ... Played quarterback his junior year before being moved to defense as a senior ... Tabbed the Hilltoppers' "Most Improved Player" for his performance as a senior ... Earned a Greater Metro Conference Senior Scholar Award ... Ranked 48th on the ESPN's Fab 50 of top Wisconsin players, and ranked 58th among Rivals' top 100 Wisconsin players ... His 50-yard interception return for TD sparked a run of 30 straight points against Brookfield Central ... Totaled 42 tackles, four TFL's, three interceptions (two for TD's) and 13 pass breakups in 2009 ... Also lettered in baseball (second baseman) ... NHS, MUHS Scholar-Athlete Award, Honor Roll member all four years ... Coached by Dick Basham. 
Personal: Born Joseph Michael Cannon ... Son of Pat and Linda Cannon ... Brother, P.J., played football at Wisconsin and was a member of two winning Rose Bowl teams ... His cousin, Jenny Baumann, plays soccer at Northwestern (2007-10) ... His grandfather, Robert Cannon, served as a vice president for the Milwaukee Brewers and as general counsel for the Chicago Cubs (1982-85).

Torin Dupper
6-1 • 190
Decatur, Ala.
Projected Position: Wide Receiver

High School: An honorable mention Class 6A all-state wide receiver ... Caught 41 passes for 824 yards (20.1 ypr) and 9 TD's in 2009 ... A first-team Class 6A All-Region and Decatur Daily honoree ... Earned a player of the week honor from the Alabama Sports Writers Association ... Selected to play in Alabama's North-South all-star game ... Helped the Red Raiders to a 9-3 record in 2009 and a three-year mark of 27-9 ... Team placed third in the Region 8 Conference and reached the second round of the playoffs ... Team captain ... Also played quarterback and tight end ... Student Council president and two-year NHS member ... Finished fifth in high school class ... William Randolph Hearst scholarship finalist, International Baccalaureate student and earned "A" honors all four years ... Boys state representative ... Coached by Jere Adcock. 
Personal: Born Torin Joseph Dupper ... Son of Joseph and Kathy Dupper ... Both parents were student-athletes at the University of Chicago -- father competed in baseball and wrestling, while mother played basketball and softball ... Has five younger brothers.

Mike Eshun
5-8 • 180
Madison, Wis. • Edgewood
Projected Position: Defensive Back

High School: Starred on both sides of the ball at Edgewood, earning first-team All-Badger South honors as both a running back and defensive back ... In just five games in 2009 (missed remainder of season with an ankle injury), totaled 1,066 rushing yards (213.2 ypg), 14 TD's and four interceptions (two returned for TD's) ... An all-region selection at defensive back ... Tabbed a National Football Foundation Wisconsin Scholar-Athlete ... Selected to play in Wisconsin's Football Coaches Association annual all-star game ... Scored five TD's (three rushing, a 25-yard "pick-six" and a 95-yard kickoff return) vs. Monroe ... Helped the Waterbugs reach the state playoffs ... Also lettered in basketball (point guard) ... Team captain for both football and basketball ... High Honor Roll and NHS ... Coached by Alan Minnaert. 
Personal: Born Michael Kojo Eshun ... Son of Christine Eshun ... Sister, Ann, played soccer at Wisconsin.

Christian Flores
6-2 • 215
Brambleton, Va. • Briar Woods
Projected Position: Superback

High School: Totaled 24 receptions for 493 yards and 3 TD's as a wide receiver/tight end at Briar Woods ... Earned team's Offensive Player of the Game (vs. Carlisle High) and team's Dedication Award ... Totaled nine receptions for 123 yards and a TD vs. Carlisle ... Also added 28 solo tackles and 35 assisted tackles, four sacks, one forced fumble and one interception, while playing defensive end, linebacker and strong safety ... Team captain ... Briar Woods went a combined 12-5-1 his junior and senior seasons ... Ranked fifth among senior class ... NHS, Spanish NHS, Math NHS, AP Scholar, Spanish III Award, Excellence in Education honoree and Leadership in the Law selectee ... Also lettered in basketball and baseball ... Coached by Vincent Owens. 
Personal: Born Christian Gerard Flores ... Son of Roy and Victoria Flores ... Plans to major in broadcast journalism.

Tim Hanrahan
6-0 • 190
Providence Catholic
Projected Position: Running Back

High School: Tabbed an Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 6A all-state running back ...Chicago Tribune honorable mention all-state selection ... Two-time Herald News and Daily Southtown all-area selection ... Two-time Chicago Catholic League Blue All-Conference honoree ... Two-time team MVP (2008 and 2009) ... Team captain ... Conference's Offensive MVP in 2009 ... Totaled seven career games with 200-plus rushing yards ... Five-time Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Week ... Helped lead the Celtics to the 2009 Catholic League Blue title and an appearance in the Class 6A state championship game ... Rushed for 1,936 yards his junior year (287 carries) and 1,851 yards (351 carries) his senior season ... Also led team with 39 receptions in 2009 ... Ranks second on Providence Catholic's all-time rushing list with 4,074 career rushing yards ... Also lettered in baseball (center fielder) and was a team captain ... NHS, AP Scholar, Illinois State Scholar, 2010 Outstanding Citizenship Award, 2010 Outstanding Science Student Award, All-State Academic team, IHSA Football Coaches Association All-Academic selection ... Prep teammate with current NU offensive tackle Patrick Ward ... Also played against current NU players, Chance Carter (Loyola) and Anthony Battle (Mt. Carmel) ... Coached by Mark Coglianese. 
Personal: Born Timothy Marshall Hanrahan ... Son of Timothy and Julianne Hanrahan ... Sister, Brittany, plays softball at Colgate.

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