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Dunbar has two dream schools

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Dunbar has two dream schools

Most recruits have a dream school. Ruben Dunbar has two of them.

Dunbar, Glenbard West's 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive end, hopes to hear from Ohio State and Michigan. Up to now, he has a dozen offers, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota. But Ohio State and Michigan aren't among them.

He likes Ohio State because former Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor was one of his favorite players.

He likes Michigan because he once attended a game at Michigan Stadium and came away awed by the experience.

"I hope they will see my film and offer me," Dunbar said. "I want to make a lot of visits. I'm not sure what to do. I don't care about tradition. I'm looking for a college with a close campus, not too big, with good people, a family-based team with good coaches."

"Once schools see him on film, more will offer," Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said. "They like his athleticism, his speed and long arms, the way he shuns blocks."

Dunbar hopes college recruiters will closely scrutinize last year's Hinsdale Central film. "I laid someone out. They're recruiting me as a defensive end. It doesn't matter what defense they play (3-4 or 4-3 or 5-2), just as long as I play," he said.

A year ago, Dunbar played "the other end" on Glenbard West's defense--Robin to Tommy Schutt's Batman. Schutt was one of the state's top-rated players. After originally committing to Penn State, he changed his mind and opted for Ohio State.

Dunbar benefited from Schutt's presence. While recruiters watched Schutt on film, they gradually took notice of Dunbar. Opponents double-teamed Schutt, allowing Dunbar to make plays. And when opponents ran away from Schutt, Dunbar was waiting.

"He motivated me a lot," Dunbar said. "He was the leader on the team. He was on the team for three years, someone I could trust on the defensive line, someone who could make a play. I'm working hard because I want to be better than him. I watched film and saw how he took on double teams. I want to be better than that even though he was bigger than me."

Dunbar admires Schutt so much that he plans to ask Hetlet to wear jersey number 10, Schutt's old number, for the 2012 season. "I want to wear it. All defensive line leaders at Glenbard West have worn number 10," said Dunbar, who wore number 99 last season.

"I've always felt I was good enough. I always was competitive. I never put myself under anyone else. I'm very competitive. I don't like losing.

What really gets me mad is people who don't try their hardest. I'm one of the leaders on this team. It's my last season. I'm trying to make my teammates work harder than I am working."

He has one goal for the 2012 season--to win a state championship. The last few seasons have been very frustrating for Glenbard West, especially last year's 10-3 loss to Lake Zurich that snapped a 10-game unbeaten string in the second round of the Class 7A playoff.

"We felt we should have won the game," he said.

Curiously, Dunbar describes himself as a football player who likes to play basketball. He started dribbling a ball when he was 6 years old. It was fun and he and his father went one-on-one in the alley. Then he started to play football in sixth grade and joined the Golden Eagles youth team. All of a sudden, football became a priority in his life.

"I was an offensive tackle as a freshman. Then I was moved to defensive line in the middle of my freshman year and moved up to the sophomore team," he said. "I though offensive line was kind of boring, not fun at all. I liked hitting. I like to make tackles, not block."

He still plays basketball with the Bulldogs' AAU team to stay in shape in the off-season, but he works out every morning in the school's weight room. He has added 20 pounds of muscle since last fall.

"I'm working on getting off the ball more quickly. I feel stronger and just as fast as I was when I weighed 235 pounds," he said. "I just want to play my game. What is my game? Get off the ball and get to the quarterback or running back or get to the ball."

Oilers, Blackhawks' play-in round opponent, release training camp roster

Oilers, Blackhawks' play-in round opponent, release training camp roster

Sunday afternoon, the Edmonton Oilers released their Phase 3 training camp roster. Training camps begin on Monday for teams competing in the NHL's 24-team playoffs under the league's Return To Play program. 

The Blackhawks, who were at No. 12 in the Western Conference at the time of the NHL pause on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will face the No. 5 Oilers starting Aug. 1 at Edmonton in a best-of-five qualifying round. 

Related: Oiler's Mike Green opts out of NHL's Return To Play program

Edmonton invited 33 players to attend their Return To Play camp.

Forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl headline the team's roster. Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith are among the five goalies listed.

Western Conference teams will head to Edmonton's ICE District hub to prepare for the postseason tournament on July 26.

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Trey Lance to the Bears? This 2021 mock draft thinks so

Trey Lance to the Bears? This 2021 mock draft thinks so

Barring some kind of career-year from Mitch Trubisky or Nick Foles, the 2021 NFL Draft will likely center around quarterback for the Chicago Bears. And while that's not necessarily good news for Bears fans, it could be worse. Next year's draft class will have a handful of quality quarterbacks with first-round grades.

In the latest mock draft from The Draft Wire, the Bears spend their first-round pick on North Dakota State darling, Trey Lance. The FCS standout is the apple of Draft Twitter's eye during the first wave of summer scouting, with some respected draft analysts like The Athletic's Dane Brugler ranking him ahead of Ohio State star, Justin Fields.

The Bears use the 12th overall pick in this mock on Lance. By the time April rolls around, and assuming Lance stacks another productive season on top of his remarkable 2019 performance, it's unlikely he'll be around outside the top 10.

Lance threw for 2,786 yards, 28 touchdowns and a remarkable ZERO interceptions in his first full season starting for the Bison. But that's not all; he ran for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns, too.

At an estimated 6-3 and 224 pounds, Lance checks all the early boxes for a franchise quarterback prospect. If he does end up leapfrogging Fields for QB2, he'll be a top-five pick.

But here's the catch: we just don't know enough about him yet. His 2019 season was fantastic, but it's the only one he has on film. And it was against FCS competition, which makes his projection to the NFL more difficult. It's a slippery slope to use Carson Wentz as an example to support Lance's ability to make the jump to the pros. Players like Wentz are the exception; they're few and far between.

It's only July, and the mock draft landscape will change multiple times between now and April. But if Trubisky and Foles fail to deliver in 2020, all mock drafts will have the Bears picking a quarterback. The only question is how high will the Bears be picking in Round 1, and which quarterback (if any) falls to their selection.