Phillips head coach Troy McAllister once again will have a stable loaded with talent for the 2018 season, and the Wildcats junior tight end Jahleel Billingsley (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) is very quickly becoming one of the most sought after names in the Midwest this winter.
"It's been a pretty good last few weeks for me," Billingsley said. "I added recent offers from West Virginia, Michigan, Iowa and Florida."
Billingsley, who sits now with nearly 20 FBS level scholarship offers at least for now isn't in any hurry to make an early verbal commitment.
"I'm not really focused on a decision. I'm sure I'll eventually decide on a landing spot but that will be down the line. I definitely want to have a decision done before the start of my senior season so I can stay focused on my team and our season."
New Trier 2019 defensive end/tight end recruit Duke Olges (6-foot-5, 240 pounds) also has seen his recruiting stock soar over the past month or so.
"I have nine offers now and they definitely came in pretty quick," Olges said. "My head coach (Brian Doll) said it best, and that is no one wants you until someone wants you. Once I added that first offer it seemed like everyone took notice."
Olges recapped his latest offers along with his growing list of schools showing more interest this winter.
"My latest offer is from Cornell," he said. "I have offers now from Western Michigan, Cornell, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Toledo, Iowa State, NIU and Dartmouth. Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz made an in-school visit in January. Iowa seems really interested. Northwestern is also in touch and they are looking at me as more of a defensive tackle. Vanderbilt was interested but my recruiting coach (Jeff Genyk) at Vanderbilt is now at Northwestern so I hope to hear from them again. I'm also in touch with Rutgers, Cincinnati and Duke."
Olges, who made a recent campus visit to Illinois and came away very impressed with head coach Lovie Smith and the Fighting Illini coaching staff, is hoping to make visits soon to Northwestern and Duke.
Nazareth Academy junior safety Jermaine Baker (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) is just one of several Roadrunners who is drawing steady recruiting attention this winter and recently added four new scholarship offers.
"My recruiting has been going well lately for sure," Baker said. "I visited Illinois State on Saturday for a Junior Day visit and they offered me. I have offers now from Illinois State, Yale, Cornell and also South Dakota State."
Baker, who visited Illinois State last weekend and walked away with an offer is also focused on his team and getting ready for his 2018 senior season.
"Our weight room routine has been pretty much the same in a lot of ways," Baker said. "This year it's different and it's much more intense. Everyone on this team is so hungry to get back to state and finish the job. We missed winning a state title by seven seconds and that theme has stayed with everyone this winter."
Joliet Catholic Academy junior offensive tackle recruit Dave Monnot III (6-foot-6, 285 pounds) has been able to add recent scholarship offers and is seeing more and more schools take notice.
"I have offers from NIU, Western Michigan and Toledo," Monnot III said. "I visited Illinois State this past weekend and I've also been in touch with Illinois, Minnesota and Central Michigan."
Monnot III is also hoping to continue making the rounds to visit more schools this winter and spring and is eyeing his next stops to see Illinois, Western Michigan and Toledo.