Who wants it more?
We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of area football fans in our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSPreps) crew will cover on Thursday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights of that game will appear on Friday night's “High School Lites” broadcast at 11 p.m. — just after Chicago Bulls basketball. The show also live streams at NBCSportsChicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. the following Saturday. This week, for the first time all year, we’re giving Thursday some love. You ready, Chicago Public League? The following Thursday games are up for coverage:
Phoenix vs. Urban Prep/West, 4:15 p.m. (Rockne Stadium)
Hyde Park vs. Washington, 4:15 p.m. (Gately Stadium)
Morgan Park vs. Goode, 7:15 p.m. (Gately Stadium)
Poll opens Monday at 12 p.m. and closes Thursday at 3 p.m. Here is what fans need to do to vote:
— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the “pinned Tweet” atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word!
We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 3 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the “Viewers’ Choice Game of the week,” along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.
Needless to say, it's been an eventual few weeks for Marist tight end TJ Ivy.
Ivy, who was verbally committed to West Virginia since the early summer, found himself having to reopen his recruiting process last week after the Mountaineers staff told him to keep his options open.
Monday night, Ivy decided to again end his recruiting process, giving the Indiana Hoosiers his verbal commitment.
"I'm just really happy about my decision to commit to Indiana," Ivy said. "After the entire West Virginia deal happened, the Indiana coaches were the first coaches to call me. I never really closed the door with them, and I'm very happy."
Ivy, who at one point earlier this summer had more than 20 FBS scholarship offers, always had the Hoosiers near the top of his list.
"Even before I decided to commit to West Virginia, Indiana was always in the picture and was neck and neck for a long time up until I made my decision," he said. "I love how Indiana's offense used and utilizes the tight end position. Coach (Mike) DeBord likes to really use the tight end as a big part of his offense, and it's just a great system and a great fit for me. I've been to Indiana a handful of times already, and everything else that Indiana has to offer is exceptional. Indiana offers a great education, one of the most beautiful campuses I've ever seen, and the football program is heading in the right direction. I'm also planning to major in Sports Marketing and Indiana has one of the top three academic programs in the nation for my major."
Ivy is now thankful that he never closed the door or disrespected any other schools during his recruiting process.
"I learned a long time ago to never close a door and to never leave a bad impression. In this day and age you just never know what can happen. I always try to stay positive and treat people with the utmost respect. That included all of the schools and coaches who recruited me."