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Recruiting News and Notes: Noah Shannon pledges to Iowa

Recruiting News and Notes: Noah Shannon pledges to Iowa

Oswego three-star ranked senior defensive tackle Noah Shannon (6-foot-2, 285 pounds) who earlier this spring decommitted from Minnesota after giving the Gophers his verbal commitment gave the Iowa Hawkeyes his verbal pledge on the Fourth of July.

Shannon released a statement on his Twitter account announcing his decision:

"These past few weeks I've thought long and hard about where I'll be attending college and playing football for the next four years," he wrote. "I'd like to personally thank all the programs that took their time to recruit me and offer me the opportunity to play the game I love. After many conversations with my parents and family, I have finally decided to further my academic and football career at the University of Iowa."

Oak Park (IL) Fenwick senior offensive tackle prospect Austin Glazier (6-foot-6, 280 pounds) recently decided to end his recruiting process and gave Fordham his verbal commitment.

Glazier talks about his decision here:

"I decided to end my recruiting and gave Fordham my verbal commitment," he said. "Fordham is just the best overall fit for me and I'm just really excited about my decision and so is my family."

So why did Glazier decide to end his process and pledge to the Fordham Rams?

"Fordham has a lot to offer on and off the field. The football program plays in the Patriot League and I feel that I'm a good fit at the FCS level. The school has around nine thousand kids and it's just the perfect size school. Fordham is in New York City and located in the Bronx. When you walk into the school it's hard to see at first but once you are inside it's like in it's own world. It's really quiet and just beautiful. It's just a great overall set-up and I feel a great fit for me."

Phillips senior quarterback J'Bore Gibbs (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) also decided over the holiday to end his recruiting process and give South Dakota State his verbal commitment.

"I was ready to make my decision so I committed," Gibbs said. "South Dakota State is a good school, they offer my major (engineering) and I also know guys already on the team so I feel good about my decision."

Gibbs discussed why he decided to pledge to the SDSU Jackrabbits:

"(Former Phillips defensive back) Donald (Gardner) is already on the team at SDSU and I've been talking to him a lot about the school and the football program," he said. "Donald has nothing but good things to say about the coaches and the school. I also have a really good connection with all of the coaches at SDSU. It feels like the same communication and relationship I have with my coaches at Phillips so I feel really comfortable with them. I haven't been able to get out to visit SDSU just yet. I was planning to visit back on Friday but we couldn't make it al the last minute. I definitely will get out to visit SDSU soon."

St. Charles East senior defensive back Nick Garlisch (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) also decided to give the South Dakota State Jackrabbits his verbal commitment.

"I'm very excited about South Dakota State," Garlisch said. "I visited SDSU back in May and I just loved it there. I had three options and all of those schools started filling up and I knew I didn't want to miss out on SDSU so I committed."

Garlisch, along with multiple recruits, admitted that the recent surge of players making verbal commitments this summer at the FCS level and below played a factor in his decision process.

"I couldn't help but notice all of the kids who started making college decisions. I wasn't really looking too hard yet at schools but once I started to see kids commit I definitely picked up the pace and did a ton of research. I was starting to feel more and more pressures from schools to make a decision sooner than I expected."

Nazareth Academy senior defensive tackle Isaiah lee (6-foot-2, 280 pounds) has had a very strong summer and now is touting nine scholarship offers along with recruiting looks from several FBS schools.

"I have nine offers so far," Lee said. "I have offers now from Colorado State, Western Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana State, North Dakota State, Central Michigan, South Dakota State, Ball State and Fordham."

Lee has also been a constant on the summer college one day camp circuit.

"I've been everywhere this summer and I'm almost starting to lose track of all the camps," he said. "I camped at Wisconsin, the North Central College satellite camp in front of Wisconsin, Missouri and a bunch of other schools. I also went to the Lake Forest College satellite camp, Purdue, Indiana, Ball State, Ohio State and also Notre Dame. The feedback was really strong from the coaches at each camp. The coaches all love watching me in one on ones and tell me how great I do.

"At the end of each camp they tell me to stay in touch with them and that a lot of the bigger schools still want to see my senior tape. It can get frustrating man. I just go into the camps, do work and I go against anyone they want me to go against."

Lee remains open for now and doesn't have any favorites or a time frame for making his college choice.

Recruiting news and notes: Nazareth Academy'sĀ Devin Blakley verbally commits to Miami of Ohio

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Recruiting news and notes: Nazareth Academy'sĀ Devin Blakley verbally commits to Miami of Ohio

Nazareth Academy junior three star ranked defensive back Devin Blakley (5-foot-10, 190 pounds) decided to give Miami of Ohio his verbal commitment earlier this week.

"Miami of Ohio is just a great fit for me so I decided to commit," Blakley said. "I've known for a while now that Miami was the place for me. I just didn't see any reason to keep waiting so I called up the coaches and committed."

Blakley, who had offers from the likes of Iowa State and Air Force long with multiple Mid American Conference schools is the second State of Illinois pledge for the Redhawks Class of 2019. Blakley joins Simeon QB Alante Brown who earlier this month gave Miami of Ohio his verbal commitment. 

New Trier junior three star ranked athlete recruit Duke Olges (6-foot-5, 240 pounds) has been looking harder at his multiple college offers and options. Olges, who has been playing baseball for the Trevians this spring will make two unofficial visits this weekend then will begin to narrow down his favorite schools.

"My plan is to go see Duke and Virginia this weekend and see how everything goes with those visits," according to Olges. "After that I'm either going to narrow things down to a top schools list or I might even make a decision. I just feel that I have some great offers right now and don't want to wait too long in making a decision. Playing the waiting game is a risk because kids are already starting to make decisions. I don't want to miss out and lose some great offers."

Stevenson junior inside linebacker recruit Maema Njongmeta (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) has continued to add scholarship offers this spring including recent offers from both NIU and Toledo. Njongmeta was also able to head out east over his recent spring break and made a handful of college visits.

"I was able to go out to visit Princeton, Army and Penn over my spring break then we headed up to Canada to visit with some family," Njongmeta said. "All three visits I felt went very well and overall it was a fun trip. I thought it was very beneficial to see all three schools in person. Army has the whole military stigma but it was good to see the academy in person. It was great to see what West Point and academy life is all about in person and it was super cool. Every school brings something different to the table. I was able to definitely get a better feel for each school I visited."

Njongmeta has reached also out to someone very familiar with the recruiting process in former Stevenson and current Northwestern super back Cameron Green.

"We have a wonderful lady who works at our school who was able to get me in touch with Cameron Green. I knew of Cameron since I was in eight grade but didn't know him at all. He's a great guy and has been a big help for me. He's given me some good advice and is someone who's been through the process and knows what I'm going through with the recruiting process."

Urban Prep Bronzeville junior defensive back Jeremiah Webb (6-foot-1, 187 pounds) was able to add his first scholarship offer earlier this week from Northern Illinois University. 

"I'm still really excited (about adding his first offer from NIU) and my phone has been blowing up," Webb said. "I've been working hard for a long time now and it just feels good to add my first offer from NIU."

Webb has been eyeing the NIU Huskies program for some time now.

"I've been looking into NIU for a long time. They have a great, winning program and have been to multiple bowl games over the years. NIU is also close to home and I've been to NIU for a camp last summer and I also went to the NIU spring game. It's great to get my first offer from such a good program like NIU."

Webb has also drawn recruiting attention from Northern Iowa, Iowa State, Cornell and Holy Cross so far this spring. 

Recruiting news and notes: Simeon's Alante Brown verbally commits to Miami of Ohio

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Recruiting news and notes: Simeon's Alante Brown verbally commits to Miami of Ohio

Simeon junior quarterback Alante Brown (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) earlier this week decided to give Miami of Ohio his verbal commitment. Brown, who narrowed down his Top 4 schools to the Redhawks along with NIU, Western Michigan and Toledo pointed towards a few key reasons he gave Miami of Ohio his commitment.

"I was able to see everything that Miami has to offer," Brown said. "They offer a great education and very strong overall academics. The football program is heading in the right direction plus they already have a younger team. I'm hoping to help bring in even more kids in my class and I've already started to work on a few guys from here about Miami."

West Aurora sophomore defensive tackle Denver Warren (6-foot-3, 300 pounds) has been one of the top recruit names to watch in the Class of 202 in Illinois. Warren, who has scholarship offers from the likes of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State and Iowa State made a recent visit to Illinois.

"I had a good visit to Illinois," according to Warren. "They have a great overall energy and I just liked it. Illinois also has a strong brotherhood between the players and the coaches. The coaching staff at Illinois is pretty amazing. It was my first time ever at Illinois and I liked the facilities and the stadium. Illinois is also pretty close to home. I just came away impressed with the bond between the players and the coaches at Illinois."

Warren is also planning to transfer at the end of the spring semester to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. 

"It's a great opportunity and I want to go and get better and take my game to the highest level. My Mom and I have looked really hard at everything and I made my final decision and talked to my coaches about it. I'm going to visit IMG Academy on May 10th and 11th and I'll go back to register for school on July 14th."

St. Charles North junior three-star ranked defensive back Tyler Nubin (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) made a verbal commitment to Minnesota Thursday morning.

"I had a really good visit to Minnesota," Nubin said. "I spent the day with Coach (PJ) Fleck and the defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae. Their coaching staff is just unbelievable and the facilities are top notch."

Nubin held 16 scholarship offers this spring, including six offers from the Big Ten conference.  

Momence junior three-star ranked athlete Jason Bargy (6-foot-5, 240 pounds) has drawn nine Power 5 scholarship offers so far this spring and made a recent visit to Illinois.

"I wanted to see the tempo and how the coaches get after the players," Bargy told Orange and BlueNews.com's Doug Buschon. "How the guys interact with each other. "

Bargy, who doesn't plan to announce any Top schools list is planning to make a college decision "over the next few months."