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Bolingbrook CB Cameron Mitchell commits to Northwestern


Bolingbrook CB Cameron Mitchell commits to Northwestern

Bolingbrook three star ranked junior cornerback Cameron Mitchell (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) decided to give the Northwestern Wildcats his verbal commitment Tuesday night. 

"Northwestern gives you the best of both worlds'" Mitchell said. "It's the best of the best in education and I'll also get to play football in the best conference in college football. It doesn't get any better than that."

So what type of player are the Northwestern Wildcats getting in Cameron Mitchell?

"I just love him as a player," Bolingbrook head coach John Ivlow said. "It's really everything that Cameron has to offer. He's such a strong kid both academically and athletically that I'm happy that he's going to a school that will fit him perfectly. He's one of the strongest students academically I've ever coached."

Washington lineman gives verbal commitment to Minnesota


Washington lineman gives verbal commitment to Minnesota

Washington junior offensive tackle JJ Guedet made a weekend visit to Minnesota and on Sunday morning announced his verbal commitment to the Gophers. 

"Minnesota is about as close to a perfect fit as possible for me," Guedet said. "I just love the coaches, including coach (P.J.) Fleck, coach Cally (Brian Callahan) and coach (Kenni) Burns, and I'm very excited about my decision."

Why commit so early?

"I just honestly see no reason to not commit to Minnesota. I've been able to check out some other schools already, and I always found myself comparing them to Minnesota. I just felt like, 'Why wait anymore?' I know what I want, and Minnesota just has so much to offer. It's just a great fit for me in so many ways. I have no issues with locking up my spot and moving forward with Minnesota."

Phillips junior defensive back Joseph Thompson has 10 scholarship offers this winter, and that number could get bigger.

"I have 10 offers so far, and I stay in touch with most of the coaches at the schools who have offered me," Thompson said. "I've also been talking with the coaches from Kentucky, Cincinnati and also Minnesota. It's just been a lot of schools following me now, and they also have been in touch with my coaches at Phillips quite a bit. We are expecting a lot of coaches to be back in our school this spring."

Thompson, who has indicated that he's looking hard at his college options lately, has a current top five.

"My top five schools for now are, in no order: Iowa State, Toledo, Illinois, NIU and Miami (Ohio)."

Lake Zurich junior outside linebacker Luke Dwyer has some scholarship offers and also made a few recent college campus visits.

"I have offers so far from North Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Indiana State and Eastern Kentucky," Dwyer said. "I also went and visited both Iowa and Indiana State over the past few days, and both visits went well.

"I've been in touch more and more with Wyoming, and they said that they would be in school this spring. Kent State is also in touch, and I'm going to visit them on March 16. My dad went to Kent State, so that will be a cool visit for both of us. I'm also planning to visit North Dakota State in early April, and then I'm also going to get out to visit Southern Illinois sometime in April."

Decatur St. Theresa junior running back Jacardi Wright made a weekend visit to Iowa. Wright, who has been a starter and all-state player for the Bulldogs since his freshman year, came away impressed with the Hawkeyes.

"I just love the school at Iowa," Wright said. "I always just feel very comfortable whenever I'm at Iowa. Iowa also has a really good coaching staff and they are all really nice people. Iowa just has a great atmosphere. The coaches and the players all seem to be on the same page. I just liked it a lot at Iowa, and the coaches said they want me to come back and visit them later this spring."

Wright, who has early scholarship offers from the Hawkeyes, NIU, Western Michigan and Central Michigan, is also in touch with several other schools.

"I've also been staying in touch with several other schools like Purdue, Illinois, Michigan State and Oklahoma State," he said. "A lot of those coaches said they want me to come out and visit them this spring, and they also want to get to know me better."

Should under-12 tackle football be banned in Illinois?


Should under-12 tackle football be banned in Illinois?

A bill that would ban tackle football in Illinois for children age 12 and under passed out of the House Mental Health committee Thursday and will now move to the state’s House of Representatives for a vote.

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, and has been dubbed the Dave Duerson Bill, named after the former Bears great. Duerson, who committed suicide in 2011, was later diagnosed of suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, commonly known as CTE.

Illinois is now the fourth state to introduce legislation in regards to banning youth tackle football along with California, New York and Maryland.

So what's the reaction regarding this potential bill from those involved in high school football? Mixed at best.

Bolingbrook head coach John Ivlow’s reaction mirrored that of several other high school football coaches across the state.

"It's great that the state is looking into these issues, and the more focus on safety the better," Ivlow said. "But as a parent, I'm not thrilled that the state is trying to tell us how to raise our kids. Parents should be allowed to make decisions for their own kids without any state or government involvement."

If passed, what impact could the banning of 12-and-under youth tackle football have at the high school level?

"In all honesty, not a lot," Ivlow added. "You can still learn a lot of the same skill development without having to play tackle football at such a young age. I never played tackle football until high school, and my kids also never played tackle football until high school."

Several coaches also pointed toward a recent study from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons which showed that girls soccer, not football, had the highest level of concussions.

One suburban high school varsity head football coach added, "I have a young son who has played youth tackle football for three years now and his health is my top concern. With that being said, I don't feel he is at any more risk for injury playing football than playing basketball or baseball."