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National Signing Day: Local recruits

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National Signing Day: Local recruits

Updated at 5:44 p.m.

List compiled by YourSeason.com
Air Force: AJ Bilyeu, QB, Bartlett; Carl Miller, LB, Stevenson; Jimmy Pelnarsh, DL, Morris; Dion Starnes, DB, BremenArmy: Lance Baggett, LB, Chicago Academy; Evan Finnane, DL, St. EdwardAugustana: Austin Lewis, DL, BataviaBall State: DaeShaun Hurley, DB, JulianButler: Malcolm Weaver, QB, Loyola; Zach Wolfe, TE, LockportCarthage: Stewart Cunningham, LB, De La SalleCentral Michigan: Ron Coluzzi, K Naperville North; Brandon Greer, DB, Mount Carmel; Lance Sanders, DL, Leo; Martez Walker, RB, Brother RiceCentral Missouri State: Diaron Rhodes, DB, Bolingbrook; Tevin Teamer, DB, BolingbrookConcordia (Minn.): Mike Marks, DL, Naperville NorthCornell: Brent Jones, DL, Naperville North; Ben Rogers, WR, GenevaDartmouth: Will McNamara, LB, St. RitaDavidson: Tyler Hickey, WR, GenevaDayton: Robert Delaney, OL, Loyola; Michael Scott Jr., DL, LoyolaDrake: Al Hern, OL, Lincoln-Way East; Kaz Zyks, DB, JacobsEastern Illinois: Jim Lowery, OL, Montini; Ryan Meyer, DB, Marist; Anthony Taylor, WR, MontiniEastern Michigan: Cole Gardner, TE, Batavia; Jake Hurcombe, OL, Stevenson; Pat OConnor, DL, St. RitaFlorida: Antonio Morrison, LB, BolingbrookGrand Valley State: Mike Parker, DE, LibertyvilleHarvard: Matt Koran, LB, Joliet WestIllinois: Rob Bain, OL, Bolingbrook; BJ Bello, DB, Lincoln-Way West; Jason Robertson, WR, Lincoln-Way East; Vontrell Williams, DL, Mount CarmelIllinois State: Andre Allen, LB, Bolingbrook; CJ Irvin, OL, Manteno; Dan Pawlak, OL, Lakes; Blake Winkler, QB, Lincoln-Way EastIllinois Wesleyan: Sam Styler, DB, LibertyvilleIndiana: Tevin Coleman, RB, Oak Forest; Dan Feeney, OL, SandburgIndiana State: Nick Dachota, OL, St. Rita; Alec Lyons, DL, Batavia; Joel Magrum, DL, Lincoln-Way East; Tyler Mellecker, K, Waubonsie Valley; Robert Tonyan, QB, McHenry; Phillip Wilson, DB, BolingbrookIowa: Faith Ekakitie, DL, Lake Forest Academy; Maurice Fleming, DB, Curie; Jaleel Johnson, DL, Montini; Ryan Ward, OL, ProvidenceIowa Western: Matt Solner, DL, Lincoln-Way EastMcKendree: Jeruel Taylor, RB, Marian CatholicMiami (Ohio): Ryan Callen, OL, Hinsdale CentralMinnesota: Jack Lynn, LB, Lake ZurichMinnesota State: Nick Pieruccini, QB, Notre Dame; Alec Vesper, DL, MinookaNavy: David Reisner, K, South ElginNebraska: Jordan Westerkamp, WR, MontiniNew Mexico: Anthony Messina, LB, Addison TrailNorth Central: Noel Gaspari, QB, BataviaNorth Dakota: Ryan Bartels, QB, Sycamore; Kevin Bayer, RB, Lincoln-Way East; Luke Mathewson, TEDE, LibertyvilleNorth Dakota State: Dee Gray, WR. Waubonsie ValleyNorthern Illinois: Brian Canoy, DL, St. Patrick; Ladell Fleming, LB, Julian; Conner Gavin, DB, Notre Dame; Michael Ippolito, DL, Neuqua Valley; Mario Jones, DL, Hubbard; Desroy Maxwell, TE, Amundsen; Perez Ford, RB, Romeoville; Scott Taylor, OL, Marian Central; Matt Williams, QB, GenevaNorthern Michigan: Evan Bishop, LB, Jacobs; Anthony Harris, DL, BolingbrookNotre Dame: Scott Daly, C, Downers SouthNorthwestern: Joseph Jones, DB, Plano; Malin Jones, RB, Joliet Catholic; Troy Sheppard, DB, Providence; Dan Vitale, RB, Wheaton Warrenville SouthNorthwest Missouri State: Josh Falk, DE, Joliet CatholicOhio State: Tommy Schutt, DL, Glenbard WestOklahoma: David Smith, RB, BremenRipon: Chris Weaver, OL, Waubonsie ValleyRobert Morris: Matt Frolik, DE, Joliet Catholic; Dillon Sandberg, OL, Libertyville; Tyler Starke, RB, Lincoln-Way EastSaint Francis: Nick Collofello, DL, Joliet Catholic; Mike Passo, LB, Joliet CatholicSaint Josephs (Ind.): Greg Gordon, DL, Bolingbrook; Brandon Wright, WR, De La SalleSaint Olaf: Griffin Baumeister, OL, LoyolaSaint Xavier: Nick Cemeno, DL, Providence; Jake Jankowski, OL, Joliet CatholicSouth Dakota State: Charles Elmore, DB, St. Rita; Mitch Vejvoda, TE, ProvidenceSoutheast Missouri State: Jon Slania, OL, South ElginSouthern Illinois: Leonard Garron, LB, Evanston; Maciej Kozlowksi, OL, Jacobs; David Meyerhoff, OL, Naperville North; Shawn Mitchell, WR, Rich Central; Billy Reed, WR, Lockport; Ryan West, QB, OswegoStanford: Johnny Caspers, OL, Glenbard WestToledo: Phillip Martin, DL, Kenwood; Chase Murdock, LB, Barrington; Paul Perschon, OL, ConantTulsa: Sam Retzky, K, Notre DameWestern Illinois: Tristan Humbles, DE, Notre Dame; Kyle Krull, LB, Lemont; Chris Lisenby, TE, De La Salle; Mike Love, OL, Andrew; Scott Simpson, TE, Neuqua Valley; Brad Uher, LB, LemontWestern Michigan: Charles Barth, OL, Providence; Mikhail Dubose, DL, Hubbard; Anthony Maddie, QB, Aurora Christian; Nick Roach, OL, Mount CarmelWinona State: Collin Corcoran, LB, Prairie Ridge; Jordan Kos, RB, Carmel; Nic Margiotta, TE, Prairie Ridge; Mike Partyka, LB, Bartlett; Paul Preston, RB, Maine SouthWisconsin: Dan Voltz, OL, BarringtonWisconsin-Platteville: Jimmy Delaney, DB, Waubonsie Valley; Tony Leon, WR, Naperville North; Zack McCabe, DL, Waubonsie Valley; Zach Steele, DL, Waubonsie Valley; Tommy Wooten, LB, Waubonsie Valley

Say it ain't so: DePaul commit Tyger Campbell reopens recruitment

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Say it ain't so: DePaul commit Tyger Campbell reopens recruitment

It looks like it was too good to be true.

Tyger Campbell shocked the recruiting world when he committed to DePaul on May 8.

Less than four months later, Campbell has reopened his recruitment.

The Rivals.com four-star point guard out of La Lumiere High School in Indiana, who is the No. 66 prospect in the 2018 Class, took to Twitter Friday night to explain his decision.

One of Campbell's original draws to the Blue Demons was DePaul hiring Shane Heirman as an assistant coach. Heirman coached Campbell for two seasons at La Lumiere.

"I like DePaul and honestly my coach (Shane Heirman) just went there and we have a great connection and he's always had my back," Campbell told Scout.com when he committed to the Blue Demons. "I like [DePaul] coach Dave Leitao, too. I like his program and he's an intelligent guy."

Campbell currently has offers from a handful of D1 schools, including Illinois, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Purdue, SMU, Memphis and Tennessee.

Upset alert? Why a confident UIC is challenging juggernaut Kentucky

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Upset alert? Why a confident UIC is challenging juggernaut Kentucky

On the heels of a 12-win improvement, UIC basketball is riding confidently into the new season. 

And why shouldn't they be? Head coach Steve McClain returns a young, talented nucleus that's expected to challenge for a Horizon League championship and NCAA Tournament berth. 

In fact, the program is in such good shape that they thought: Let's play Kentucky. 

Yup, that's right. The UIC Flames will match up with the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena on Nov. 26, a necessary stage in development, according to McClain. 

“Every year you build your program, there’s steps you have to take," McClain said. "When we got the opportunity to go to Kentucky, I think that’s the next level of exposure for our program.

"When you're chasing trying to be great, you gotta show your kids and show people what greatness looks like. I don't think anyone can argue what Kentucky has done, so I want to put our kids in that environment so they see what it is." 

The contrast between programs is severe. UIC hasn't made an NCAA Tournament since 2004. The Wildcats have made 11 since then. UIC has never advanced out of the first round at the Big Dance. Kentucky has eight National Championships. 

Even this upcoming season, as the Flames boast one of their most skilled teams in school history, none of them were ever touted like Kentucky's freshman class, which ranks No. 2 in the nation per ESPN. 

But the disparities in past successes don't seem to bother UIC. Instead, players, who were likely snubbed by bigger schools in recruitment, are excited about the opportunity to compete on a national stage that the Flames rarely see. 

“First I was like, ‘It’s about time we got someone like (Kentucky) on our schedule,’" said center Tai Odiase, one of the few seniors on the roster. "We’ve been trying to play bigger teams to showcase what we’re made of."

“I don’t see why you go into a place like that without a chip on your shoulder. You don’t go in there just to play basketball, we’re trying to win."

UIC will be heavy, heavy underdogs. There's no way around that. But there are certain spots where they may not be at such a disadvantage. 

On the defensive end, Odiase continued to terrorize guards and big men alike, finishing fifth in the NCAA with 2.9 blocks per game. The dynamic guard duo from "The Six," Godwin Boahen and Marcus Ottey, are quick enough to hang and both took a huge step down the stretch last season. Then there's the return of 2015-2016 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year Dikembe Dixson, who is recovering from a torn ACL.

"The doctors at times thought he was a freak of nature because he was back as quick as he was," McClain said.  

Still, it's a tune-up game for Kentucky, who also scheduled Kansas, UCLA and Louisville on their non-conference slate. But one team's expected walk through is another team's vital experience. 

"Our guys can walk in and see that on a given night, you can compete with anyone," McClain said. 

Given new athletic director Garrett Klassy's comments at his introductory press conference, it doesn't seem as if games like this are a one-hit wonder for UIC. 

“I am an aggressive scheduler," Klassy said. "I helped with the scheduling at George Washington. We’ll play anyone, anytime, anywhere.

"You want to measure yourself against the best. We have a lot of returning starters. It’ll be nice to go on the road, play a tough game and maybe sneak out an upset."