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National Signing Day: Local recruits

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National Signing Day: Local recruits

Updated at 5:44 p.m.

List compiled by YourSeason.com
Air Force: AJ Bilyeu, QB, Bartlett; Carl Miller, LB, Stevenson; Jimmy Pelnarsh, DL, Morris; Dion Starnes, DB, BremenArmy: Lance Baggett, LB, Chicago Academy; Evan Finnane, DL, St. EdwardAugustana: Austin Lewis, DL, BataviaBall State: DaeShaun Hurley, DB, JulianButler: Malcolm Weaver, QB, Loyola; Zach Wolfe, TE, LockportCarthage: Stewart Cunningham, LB, De La SalleCentral Michigan: Ron Coluzzi, K Naperville North; Brandon Greer, DB, Mount Carmel; Lance Sanders, DL, Leo; Martez Walker, RB, Brother RiceCentral Missouri State: Diaron Rhodes, DB, Bolingbrook; Tevin Teamer, DB, BolingbrookConcordia (Minn.): Mike Marks, DL, Naperville NorthCornell: Brent Jones, DL, Naperville North; Ben Rogers, WR, GenevaDartmouth: Will McNamara, LB, St. RitaDavidson: Tyler Hickey, WR, GenevaDayton: Robert Delaney, OL, Loyola; Michael Scott Jr., DL, LoyolaDrake: Al Hern, OL, Lincoln-Way East; Kaz Zyks, DB, JacobsEastern Illinois: Jim Lowery, OL, Montini; Ryan Meyer, DB, Marist; Anthony Taylor, WR, MontiniEastern Michigan: Cole Gardner, TE, Batavia; Jake Hurcombe, OL, Stevenson; Pat OConnor, DL, St. RitaFlorida: Antonio Morrison, LB, BolingbrookGrand Valley State: Mike Parker, DE, LibertyvilleHarvard: Matt Koran, LB, Joliet WestIllinois: Rob Bain, OL, Bolingbrook; BJ Bello, DB, Lincoln-Way West; Jason Robertson, WR, Lincoln-Way East; Vontrell Williams, DL, Mount CarmelIllinois State: Andre Allen, LB, Bolingbrook; CJ Irvin, OL, Manteno; Dan Pawlak, OL, Lakes; Blake Winkler, QB, Lincoln-Way EastIllinois Wesleyan: Sam Styler, DB, LibertyvilleIndiana: Tevin Coleman, RB, Oak Forest; Dan Feeney, OL, SandburgIndiana State: Nick Dachota, OL, St. Rita; Alec Lyons, DL, Batavia; Joel Magrum, DL, Lincoln-Way East; Tyler Mellecker, K, Waubonsie Valley; Robert Tonyan, QB, McHenry; Phillip Wilson, DB, BolingbrookIowa: Faith Ekakitie, DL, Lake Forest Academy; Maurice Fleming, DB, Curie; Jaleel Johnson, DL, Montini; Ryan Ward, OL, ProvidenceIowa Western: Matt Solner, DL, Lincoln-Way EastMcKendree: Jeruel Taylor, RB, Marian CatholicMiami (Ohio): Ryan Callen, OL, Hinsdale CentralMinnesota: Jack Lynn, LB, Lake ZurichMinnesota State: Nick Pieruccini, QB, Notre Dame; Alec Vesper, DL, MinookaNavy: David Reisner, K, South ElginNebraska: Jordan Westerkamp, WR, MontiniNew Mexico: Anthony Messina, LB, Addison TrailNorth Central: Noel Gaspari, QB, BataviaNorth Dakota: Ryan Bartels, QB, Sycamore; Kevin Bayer, RB, Lincoln-Way East; Luke Mathewson, TEDE, LibertyvilleNorth Dakota State: Dee Gray, WR. Waubonsie ValleyNorthern Illinois: Brian Canoy, DL, St. Patrick; Ladell Fleming, LB, Julian; Conner Gavin, DB, Notre Dame; Michael Ippolito, DL, Neuqua Valley; Mario Jones, DL, Hubbard; Desroy Maxwell, TE, Amundsen; Perez Ford, RB, Romeoville; Scott Taylor, OL, Marian Central; Matt Williams, QB, GenevaNorthern Michigan: Evan Bishop, LB, Jacobs; Anthony Harris, DL, BolingbrookNotre Dame: Scott Daly, C, Downers SouthNorthwestern: Joseph Jones, DB, Plano; Malin Jones, RB, Joliet Catholic; Troy Sheppard, DB, Providence; Dan Vitale, RB, Wheaton Warrenville SouthNorthwest Missouri State: Josh Falk, DE, Joliet CatholicOhio State: Tommy Schutt, DL, Glenbard WestOklahoma: David Smith, RB, BremenRipon: Chris Weaver, OL, Waubonsie ValleyRobert Morris: Matt Frolik, DE, Joliet Catholic; Dillon Sandberg, OL, Libertyville; Tyler Starke, RB, Lincoln-Way EastSaint Francis: Nick Collofello, DL, Joliet Catholic; Mike Passo, LB, Joliet CatholicSaint Josephs (Ind.): Greg Gordon, DL, Bolingbrook; Brandon Wright, WR, De La SalleSaint Olaf: Griffin Baumeister, OL, LoyolaSaint Xavier: Nick Cemeno, DL, Providence; Jake Jankowski, OL, Joliet CatholicSouth Dakota State: Charles Elmore, DB, St. Rita; Mitch Vejvoda, TE, ProvidenceSoutheast Missouri State: Jon Slania, OL, South ElginSouthern Illinois: Leonard Garron, LB, Evanston; Maciej Kozlowksi, OL, Jacobs; David Meyerhoff, OL, Naperville North; Shawn Mitchell, WR, Rich Central; Billy Reed, WR, Lockport; Ryan West, QB, OswegoStanford: Johnny Caspers, OL, Glenbard WestToledo: Phillip Martin, DL, Kenwood; Chase Murdock, LB, Barrington; Paul Perschon, OL, ConantTulsa: Sam Retzky, K, Notre DameWestern Illinois: Tristan Humbles, DE, Notre Dame; Kyle Krull, LB, Lemont; Chris Lisenby, TE, De La Salle; Mike Love, OL, Andrew; Scott Simpson, TE, Neuqua Valley; Brad Uher, LB, LemontWestern Michigan: Charles Barth, OL, Providence; Mikhail Dubose, DL, Hubbard; Anthony Maddie, QB, Aurora Christian; Nick Roach, OL, Mount CarmelWinona State: Collin Corcoran, LB, Prairie Ridge; Jordan Kos, RB, Carmel; Nic Margiotta, TE, Prairie Ridge; Mike Partyka, LB, Bartlett; Paul Preston, RB, Maine SouthWisconsin: Dan Voltz, OL, BarringtonWisconsin-Platteville: Jimmy Delaney, DB, Waubonsie Valley; Tony Leon, WR, Naperville North; Zack McCabe, DL, Waubonsie Valley; Zach Steele, DL, Waubonsie Valley; Tommy Wooten, LB, Waubonsie Valley

Illinois men's basketball cracks AP poll for first time in more than five years

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Illinois men's basketball cracks AP poll for first time in more than five years

Illinois basketball has not made the NCAA Tournament since 2013 and has endured losing records in three of the last four seasons. However, things are looking up for the Fighting Illini.

Three straight Big Ten wins have the Illini 4-2 in the league, good for second place and the No. 24 spot in the latest AP poll. It’s the first time the Illini have been ranked since Dec. 2014.


Coach Brad Underwood went 26-39 in his first two seasons in charge, but things have turned around this season. A win against Michigan on Dec. 11 gave the Illini a marquee win, but losses to Missouri and Michigan State followed soon after. The current three-game winning streak has featured a blowout win against Purdue, a one-point win at Wisconsin and a three-point win against a surprisingly good Rutgers team.

Illinois’ RPI is currently 42 so they’re far from a lock to get in the tournament, but the Illini are in good shape as of now. The last season the Illini were ranked, they had to settle for an NIT bid.

Chicago native and Morgan Park High School product Ayo Dosunmu leads the team with 15.5 points per game.

NCAA is taking steps to allow student-athletes to make money off their likeness

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NCAA is taking steps to allow student-athletes to make money off their likeness

Bulls rookie guard Coby White has talent, an infectious smile and an afro that makes him stand out on the court. It’s a fair bet he could have made some money off his likeness while he played at North Carolina if the rules allowed it.

The NCAA is taking steps towards allowing its athletes to do so, but there’s still a long way to go in the process. The organization’s Board of Governors unanimously voted to start the process. That vote moves things to the NCAA’s three divisions “to consider updates to relevant bylaws and policies,” as it was worded in the NCAA's press release.

“We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” said Michael V. Drake, the chair of the board and president of Ohio State. “Additional flexibility in this area can and must continue to support college sports as a part of higher education. This modernization for the future is a natural extension of the numerous steps NCAA members have taken in recent years to improve support for student-athletes, including full cost of attendance and guaranteed scholarships.”

The board asked each division (Division I, Division II, Division III) to make any new rules immediately and no later than January 2021.

It’s important to note that none of the changes are final, or even imminent. It’s still relevant that the NCAA is going through the process at all, after being so strongly in favor of amateurism across the board for its student-athletes.

The potential changes would not allow for compensation based on performance or participation in a sport. Of course, the natural grey area is that higher performing athletes will be more marketable so they would be compensated on performance indirectly.

This comes after California passed legislation to allow college athletes to receive endorsement/sponsorship money and other states are pursuing similar.

This is still far from being official or finalized, but it will continue to be a major story in college sports over the next couple years.