Huntley junior three-star ranked defensive end Olalere Oladipo (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) knows first hand the sudden impact of the NCAA recently allowing college coaches to have the ability to contact prospects with an unlimited amount of text.
"Oh my God," Oladipo laughed. "It's been non-stop text from weird area codes all spring. I really don't know who a lot of these coaches are until we start talking back and forth a bit and then I figure it out. Once I get home I don't really use my cell phone much anymore. I just throw it on the charger now and pick it up later or the next day."
Oladipo, who added recent scholarship offers from Florida Atlantic, Michigan State and Duke has yet to name any favorites but expect that to change soon.
"I have a set list of schools right now but I'm not ready to release anything yet," he said. "I'm still in touch with several schools who said they are close to offering me or evaluating me. I'm going to wait to release my schools list until sometime later in May."
Chicago Mount Carmel sophomore four-star ranked athlete Houston Griffith (6-foot, 185 pounds) along with his Caravan teammates have seen plenty of college coaches during the spring evaluation period.
"It's been a lot of schools lately," Griffith said. "I know that so far Notre Dame has been a school along with Ohio State, Arkansas, Michigan, Penn State, Illinois, Cal, Western Michigan, Central Michigan and UConn. It's been a lot of schools lately."
Griffith, the son of former Illinois standout running back and current Big Ten network analysis Howard Griffith, has 13 scholarship offers this spring including Notre Dame and seven different Big Ten schools.
St. Charles North three-star ranked offensive tackle Isaac Hawn (6-foot-6, 290 pounds) is starting to inch a bit closer to making his college decision this spring. Hawn, who has 17 scholarship offers already under his belt along with daily recruiting interest, admits that narrowing down his list of favorite schools has been more of a challenge than he expected.
"I honestly like a lot of the schools who have offered me," Hawn said. "So that's making narrowing things down a bit harder than I expected. I'm in the process of sorting a lot of schools out and I'm planning to have a Top 5 list sometime soon. I'm still also looking at making my college choice sometime in June."
Libertyville sophomore offensive linemen recruit Charlie Schmidt (6-foot-4, 270 pounds) added his second offer earlier this week from Northwestern. Schmidt was visiting Northwestern on Tuesday.
"It was pretty exciting (Northwestern offer) because they were the first school to recruit me," Schmidt told WildcatReport.com's publisher Louis Vaccher. "Riley (Lees former Libertyville QB) told them about me, and they followed up and watched film and liked what they saw."
Schmidt now has early offers from both Northwestern and Iowa State and has drawn recent recruiting interest from several Big Ten and Mid American Conference schools.