Maine South four star-ranked junior offensive guard Kevin Jarvis (6-foot-5, 315 pounds) has had an impressive run of major college level scholarship offers over the past few weeks.
"It feels good right now," Jarvis said. "It's not everyday that schools like Auburn, Michigan and Michigan State reach out and offer you a scholarship."
Jarvis, who now is touting 15 verbal scholarship offers, doesn't have a current favorite but has a few upcoming college visits planned.
"I'm thinking about going to check out Arkansas, Michigan and Michigan State soon."
Neuqua Valley four star-ranked junior wide receiver Isaiah Robertson (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) has also been drawing several scholarship offers and college looks this winter. But what many observers might not realize is that Robertson is being recruited to play more than just receiver at the college level.
"Some schools have offered me already as a safety," Robertson said. "Personally, I just train and work hard to be as versatile as I can. If it's playing as a receiver or as a safety in college that's fine, as long as they recruit me. Penn State has talked to me about playing safety for them and so has Iowa State. Notre Dame is also very interested in me and said if they do offer me it will be most likely as a safety."
One of the top 2017 names on the rise is Huntley three star-ranked junior defensive end Olalere Oladipo (6-foot-4, 235 pounds). Oladipo, who has added scholarship offers from the likes of Illinois, Western Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Central Michigan and Toledo, is also playing basketball this winter for the Red Raiders. He has made visits so far to Illinois, Central Michigan and Illinois State, and is planning to make an unofficial visit to Northern Illinois University on Thursday.
Homewood-Flossmoor junior offensive guard recruit John Michael Schmitz (6-foot-4, 275 pounds) is one of several Vikings who are drawing recruiting interest and offers so far this winter. Schmitz has added scholarship offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and Western Michigan. He has visited Illinois and Central Michigan so far and hopes to see Western Michigan and Bowling Green soon. Schmitz has also started to draw some early looks from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.
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Rich Central junior defensive tackle Caylon May (6-foot-3, 290 pounds) made a visit to Illinois on Wednesday and came away with an offer.
“I had a good sit down visit with head coach Bill Cubit and he offered me a scholarship, which was cool," according to May. "I also had a good talk with (Defensive Coordinator) Mike Phair just before I left campus and he really gave me some great tips to improve my pass rush. lllinois is a big offer and I had a good visit. It went well."
May will next visit Indiana and Western Michigan in March. May has scholarship offers so far from Illinois, Indiana, Bowling Green, Illinois State, Miami of Ohio and Western Michigan.