It's hard to even imagine or consider a senior in high school as a grizzled veteran. But if any player fits that description, it could very well be Waubonsie Valley senior defensive back Derric Lee (6-foot-0, 170 pounds).
Lee is preparing for his senior season this summer. It'll be his third season starting at the varsity level for the Warriors and head coach Paul Murphy. Lee spent most of his winter and spring traveling all over the county playing travel 7-on-7 for Naperville-based Midwest Boom. Lee would routinely get matched up with some of the top receivers in the nation. Lee is touting 16 scholarship offers from multiple levels including schools, and that includes several roster spot offers from various Ivy League schools. He has also been a mainstay earlier on the summer college camp circuit.
Lee is, quite simply, the football equivalent of the basketball gym rat: a player who loves to play. He never wants to leave the field and never stop competing.
Derric Lee previews his upcoming senior season, his next steps in the recruiting process and more from the Red Grange Classic 7-on-7 at Wheaton Warrenville South High School.
It didn't take very long for Oak Lawn Richards three star ranked junior RB LeShon Williams (5-foot-10, 205 pounds) to give the Iowa Hawkeyes his verbal commitment. Williams, who added a scholarship offer from Iowa yesterday decided this afternoon to commit to the Hawkeyes and announced his college decision via his Twitter account.
"For me it was really all about the tradition and the culture (at Iowa)," according to Williams. "It's always been a dram of mine to play in the Big 10 conference, so why not play for Iowa and get to play again with one of my old teammates."
Williams, who is holding 16 scholarship offers this spring will join former Richards quarterback/safety Sebastian Castro who is part of the Class of 2019 for the Hawkeyes. Williams is now the 10th known verbal commitment in the Iowa Class of 2020 and is also the third known State of Illinois pledge for Iowa. Williams joins Byron three star ranked OL Tyler Elsbury along with Lena-Winslow three star ranked defensive end Isaiah Bruce as Land of Lincoln commitments.
Nazareth Academy sophomore quarterback JJ McCarthy (6-foot-2, 180 pounds), who had an All State season in 2018 leading the Roadrunners to the Class 7A state title decided to give the Michigan Wolverines his verbal commitment today while making a return unofficial visit to the Ann Arbor, Michigan, campus.
“I have a list of all the things I need to check off before I make my decision,” McCarthy told Rivals.com's Midwest Recruiting Expert Josh Helmholdt. “It’s a literal piece of paper I have at home, and Michigan checked every single one of those boxes.”
Among the various factors for McCarthy in deciding upon Michigan included location, academics along with preparing him for the next level of football.
“With all the NFL ties Michigan has, especially quarterback-wise with coach (Jim) Harbaugh and coach (Ben) McDaniels, it’s really a no-brainer for me,” McCarthy said. “When I hear ‘Michigan,’ I think of Tom Brady. He’s the greatest of all time and he’s an alum… at my position too.”
McCarthy, who was already holding over 30 verbal scholarship offers including offers from multiple Power 5 programs is the second known verbal commitment in the Michigan Wolverines Class of 2021 joining Stevenson Sterling Heights (Mich.) ranked offensive tackle Giovanni El Hadi.
McCarthy is now the fourth known verbal commitment from the state of Illinois Class of 2021, joining Antioch sophomore QB Athan Kaliakmanis (Minnesota) and his brother Dino Kaliakmanis (Minnesota) and Naperville Central sophomore QB/ATH Sam Jackson (Minnesota).