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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.

High School Lites Basketball Roundup: Week 3

High School Lites Basketball Roundup: Week 3

High School Lites had plenty of action during Week 3 of the basketball season. 

Highlights include a matchup of CSL favorites as Niles North hosted Evanston while other rivalries took place across the Chicagoland area. 

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for the latest news and scores for IHSA basketball.

Team of the Week: DePaul Prep Boys Basketball

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Simeon's Messiah Jones

Highlights

No. 6 Niles North takes down No. 19 Evanston

Willowbrook slows down No. 24 Hinsdale South

No. 11 West Aurora needs overtime to stop Glenbard East

No. 13 Fenwick uses buzzer-beater to take down Brother Rice

No. 20 St. Viator collects big conference win over No. 18 Benet

Notre Dame beats Carmel

North Lawndale holds off Prosser

Prospect runs by Buffalo Grove

Batavia knocks off Geneva in boys basketball thriller

Geneva runs past Batavia in girls basketball 

 

 

Evanston vs. Niles North headlines busy night on High School Lites

Evanston vs. Niles North headlines busy night on High School Lites

 

High School Lites has a loaded show on Friday night as we have games from all over the Chicagoland area. Besides for the highlights, we have some great features in store as Simeon's Messiah Jones is this week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week. 

Geneva at Batavia (girls & boys), 5:30 & 7:00 p.m. -- This rivalry doubleheader should be a fun one in the Upstate Eight River. 

For the girls, Batavia (6-4) fell to Bolingbrook but was riding a four-game winning streak before that. They get another tough test in Geneva (8-0) as the Vikings have been dominating competition so far this season.

With the boys, the Vikings (6-2, 1-1) are off to a solid start as junior guard Jack McDonald has been a big presence for Geneva. The Bulldogs (6-1, 2-0) only have a loss against unbeaten Wheaton-Warrenville South as all of their wins have come by double-digits this season. 

No. 11 West Aurora at Glenbard East, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the top teams in the Upstate Eight Valley collide. The No. 11 Blackhawks (5-1, 1-0) are coming off of a strong comeback win over York. Senior Camron Donatlan is one of the area's top players as he's a four-year varsity player. Glenbard East (5-2, 1-0) had a comeback win of its own against South Elgin with an overtime win last week.

Carmel at Notre Dame, 7:00 p.m. -- After opening losses in conference play, these two teams will try to get back on track in the ESCC. The Corsairs (6-2, 0-1) have won three games this season by three points or less, including a quality win over Waukegan. Notre Dame (3-4, 0-1) has lost three straight games and four of five overall as they look to get back on track. 

No. 24 Hinsdale South at Willowbrook, 7:30 p.m. -- An intriguing battle in the West Suburban Gold in this one. Hinsdale South (7-1, 1-0) has won seven consecutive games after dropping its opener as senior Zion Griffin is having some big games to start the season. Willowbrook (5-1, 1-1) dropped an overtime thriller to Proviso East as they try to stay with the top of the conference. The Warriors cruised past Addison Trail last week. 

No. 19 Evanston at No. 6 Niles North, 7:30 p.m. -- A battle of top 25 teams that could be the best game of the week. The Central Suburban South is a tough league this season and this could be a key game in the standings. The Wildkits (6-1, 2-0) are coming off of strong wins over Maine South and Uplift as junior guard Lance Jones is playing well. The Vikings (7-0, 2-0) have been one of the area's best teams so far as they feature talented players like Damaria Franklin, Dravon Clayborn and Jamal Stephenson. 

Prospect at Buffalo Grove, 7:30 p.m. -- An important matchup in the Mid-Suburban East as two unbeaten teams in the conference face each other. The Bison (5-3, 2-0) feature some talented veterans on a balanced roster as they're coming off of a win over Wheeling. The Knights (5-2, 2-0) lost two games to ranked teams to start the season and then rattled off five straight wins as senior guard David Swedura is off to a good start. 

No. 18 Benet at No. 20 St. Viator, 7:30 p.m. -- The ESCC has another big game on Friday as Benet tries to prove themselves on the road. The Redwings (7-1, 1-0) have been one of the best teams in the area to start the season as they try to pick up a big conference road win. St. Viator (7-1, 1-0) is off to a solid start after a road win at Marian Catholic last week. Another win over a ranked team would be huge for the Lions in this one.

Westmont at Coal City, 6:45 p.m. -- Westmont tries to stay unbeaten in the Interstate Eight for this one. The Sentinels (8-0, 3-0) went undefeated at the Lisle Thanksgiving event before their strong start in conference play. Coal City (5-3, 1-2) has dropped three of its last four games.

Viewers' Choice Game of the Week 

North Lawndale at Prosser, 5 p.m. -- This week's game takes is to the Red North/West as the Phoenix take on Prosser. North Lawndale (6-1, 1-1) had an early slip-up in conference play against Marshall while Prosser (3-2, 1-1) has lost to Orr.