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Recruiting news and notes: Where will Trevor Keegan end up?


Recruiting news and notes: Where will Trevor Keegan end up?

Crystal Lake South junior 4-star ranked offensive tackle Trevor Keegan (6-foot-6, 310 pounds) already has 16 scholarship offers along with several Power 5 schools setting its recruiting sights on Keegan this winter.

"More and more college coaches keep telling me and my coaches at school that they will be back into my school very soon," according to Keegan. "The two latest schools to show interest are Oklahoma and Florida State."

Keegan, who's early scholarship offers includes Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan State and Minnesota is also looking hard at taking spring official visits. The Class of 2019 will be the first class allowed to take spring official visits per the revised NCAA football recruiting rule changes. 

'I'm looking to get out sometime soon and go see more schools in person," Keegan said. "I'm definitely looking into taking some spring official visits. I probably start to narrow everything down this spring or early summer. I want to take four official visits this spring and then save one more official visit for after my senior year."

West Aurora sophomore defensive tackle Denver Warren (6-foot-32, 285 pounds) had an eye-opening performance at the recently held US Army All American Bowl underclassmen combine.

"They had a lot of good talent at the Army combine and it was good to go against some great players from all over the country," Warren said.  "I felt that I did pretty well in one on ones along with doing well in the L drill along with my vertical. I felt good about the numbers I put up. I already have a good amount of experience with camps and combines and that definitely paid off at the Army combine. I felt pretty comfortable and just went out and competed."

Warren is already holding early verbal scholarship offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Central Michigan, Iowa State and Syracuse.

Defending Class 5A state champion Phillips will be loaded with underclassmen talent returning from last season's state title team and one of the headliners will be Wildcats 3-star ranked tight end Jahleel Billingsley (6-foot-5, 227 pounds). Billingsley, who is already touting 11 early verbal scholarship offers in hoping to make some upcoming college campus visits this winter.

"I was supposed to go to the Army combine in San Antonio but I had to cancel at the last minute," Billingsley said. "I stay in touch with a lot of the schools who have offered me so far. I'm looking to get out to visit both Minnesota and Penn State sometime soon. I don't have any dates wet for those just yet."

Bolingbrook junior running back recruit Anthony Williams Jr. (6-foot-0, 195 pounds) is now holding eight scholarship offers so far this winter and continues to see his recruiting stock on the rise this winter.

"I have offers now from Western Michigan, NIU, Arkansas State, South Dakota State, Toledo, Bowling Green, Cincinnati and Central Michigan," Williams Jr. said. "I'm also in touch with several Big Ten schools and recruiting has been going well for me overall."

Willams Jr. has also draw recent recruiting attention from a handful of new schools.

"Rutgers, Illinois, Notre Dame and also Minnesota are some of the newer schools who seem to be contacting me the most. I've been getting contact now from a lot of schools. It's been pretty exciting."

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


Recruiting news and notes: Nazareth Academy's 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


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'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."