Peoria senior three-star offensive linemen Marques Cox (6-foot-5, 280 pounds) made a weekend official visit to Northern Illinois and gave head coach Rod Carey his verbal commitment before leaving campus.
"I went to my official visit to NIU over the weekend and it just felt like home," Cox said. "I just came away really impressed with everything that NIU has to offer. After the official visit I knew that I wanted to play for the Huskies so I committed."
Cox, who also had interest and offers from Iowa State, Cincinnati along with multiple rival Mid American Conference schools is now the 22nd known verbal commitment in the NIU Class of 2018 as well as the 13th known in-state verbal commitment for NIU.
Glenbard North three-star cornerback Tyrik Henderson (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) is back on the recruiting market after deciding last weekend to decommit from the University of Minnesota.
Henderson told Rivals.com Midwest Recruiting Expert Josh Helmholdt that, "We still have all due respect for Minnesota and the coaching staff. The recruits there are still like my brothers, but this was something we both decided would be best for me and them going forward. They will definitely still be an option for me. They’re just trying to see how this senior year goes grade-wise.”
Henderson is already hearing from several schools including Indiana, Purdue, Nebraska, Illinois and North Carolina. Henderson is also expected to forgo the early singing period starting on December 20th and will instead sign a Letter of Intent on February 7th after taking some additional official visits.
Oswego East two-star senior cornerback Antwain Walker (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) is also back on the recruiting market after decommitting from the University of Illinois last week. Walker conformed that the decommitment was under mutual agreement between Walker and the Fighting Illini staff. Walker is also expected to make some official visits before making a college decision and has already been in contact with several Mid American Conference schools including Northern Illinois University and Western Michigan.
Bolingbrook three-star wide receiver I'Shawn Stewart (5-foot-11, 165 pounds) has started to sort out his college options and has some official visits planned.
"I'm looking at taking an official visit to Toledo probably this weekend," Stewart said. "I'm also planning to make an official visit to New Mexico and I'm setting that up now. I'm also looking at visiting Western Michigan in a couple of weeks. Cincinnati is also in the mix quite a bit. I hear from a handful of other schools but Cincinnati has shown the most interest."