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Carmel four-star tackle Sean Foster decommits from Minnesota

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Carmel four-star tackle Sean Foster decommits from Minnesota

Carmel four-star ranked senior offensive tackle Sean Foster (6-foot-8, 285 pounds) on Monday decommitted from Minnesota, in part due to the firing of two Gophers assistant coaches including former offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Matt Limegrover.

Foster, who said that he "has no favorites and I'm going to open it back up to everyone" quickly added two new offers from Iowa State and Ball State and Foster now has 30 scholarship offers. Foster, who also has all five official visits remaining is planning to sort out his options and is expected to begin to set some official visit dates soon.

It also looks like Evanston senior four-star ranked defensive tackle Naquan Jones (6-foot-4, 286 pounds) could go back and verbally committed to Michigan State. Jones, who committed to Michigan State back in June then had a change of heart a few weeks ago. Jones however has since backed off taking official visits to other schools including a planned visit to Ole Miss in January.

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Loyola Academy junior tight end recruit Jake Marwede (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) has seen his recruiting stock take off in a big way over the past few weeks. Marwede, who played quarterback for the Ramblers up until this season has added verbal scholarship offers over the past week from Illinois, Indiana, Arkansas, Iowa State and Western Michigan.

"Recruiting has been going great," Marwede said. "I've been putting the recruiting stuff on hold during the state playoffs but I'll look to get out to see some schools in person soon. It's just been an exciting time winning a state title and now with all of the offers."

Proviso West senior athlete recruit Rhashaun Epting (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) decommitted from Western Michigan late last week.

"I decommitted from Western Michigan," Epting said. "I just felt that I never was able to see other schools and see what other options are out there for me. I just feel that I committed too early and now I'm looking into some other schools."

Epting has been in touch with the likes of Michigan State, Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois.

SIU fired head coach Dale Lennon on Monday. The Salukis had been putting together a pretty impressive Class of 2016 which included four Chicagoland recruits in Lockport OL Matt Chimelewski, Minooka DL Blake Parzych, Crete-Monee WR Landon Lenoir and Joliet Catholic DL Ze'veon Furcron.

"I spoke with assistant coach Todd Auer and he said to basically not panic," according to Minooka's DL Blake Parzych. "He said that SIU hopes to have a new coach in by Christmas and for now all of the commits are safe."

Former SIU standout quarterback and current co-offensive coordinator Nick Hill was named as interim head coach on Tuesday as the Salukis have also named a search committee on Monday that will begin immediately to find a replacement for Dale Lennon.

IHSA Preps Boys Basketball AP Poll

IHSA Preps Boys Basketball AP Poll

Here are the rankings of Illinois high school boys basketball teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:


Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Belleville West (8) 17-0 80 1
2. Curie 18-1 72 2
3. Whitney Young 14-6 50 5
4. Bloom 17-1 49 3
5. Danville 16-2 46 6
6.  Marian Catholic 16-2 28 4
7. Evanston 17-3 27 9
T-8. Moline 16-2 23 10
T-8. Bolingbrook 11-3 23 8
10. Rockford East 18-2 16 NR

Others receiving votes: Bloomington 10, Simeon 6, Homewood-Flossmoor 4, Loyola 3, Collinsville 1, Benet 1, Geneva 1.
 

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Bogan (10) 17-2 109 1
2. Morgan Park (1) 15-3 100 2
3. Springfield Southeast 14-1 87 3
4. East St. Louis 13-5 72 5
5. DePaul Prep 13-4 46 7
6. Peoria Notre Dame 13-4 44 6
7. Lincoln 13-2 42 8
8. Ottawa 14-1 31 9
9. Rock Falls 19-1 20 NR
10.  St. Viator 14-4 16 4

Others receiving votes: Kankakee 13, St. Laurence 9, Lindblom 8, Carbondale 4, North Lawndale 2, Highland 1, Hillcrest 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Nashville (9) 18-2 118 2
2. Leo 13-5 84 1
3. Teutopolis 15-2 82 5
4. Orr (2) 13-7 80 7
5. Bloomington Cent. Catholic 11-5 75 4
6.  Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 15-2 65 6
7.  Warsaw West Hancock 16-1 40 9
8. Uplift 9-6 39 3
9. Casey-Westfield 17-2 34 8
10. Pinckneyville (2) 17-2 29 NR

Others receiving votes: Williamsville 15, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 12, Aurora Christian 12, Westmont 8, Hall 7, Fairfield 7, Corliss 4, Alton Marquette 1, Monticello 1, PORTA 1, Newman Catholic 1.


Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Providence -St. Mel (3) 15-4 111 2
2. Cissna Park (6) 16-1 109 1
3. East Dubuque (3) 16-0 97 3
4. Concord Triopia 18-0 89 4
5. Kewanee (Wethersfield) 15-2 60 6
6. Payson Seymour 13-3 54 5
7.  Moweaqua Central A&M 16-3 31 NR
8. Thompsonville 17-2 29 7
9.  Ottawa Marquette 16-2 28 9
10. Winchester-West Central 14-5 11 NR

Others receiving votes: Nokomis 10, Polo 9, Elmwood 7, Sesser-Valier 6, Woodlawn 5, Champaign Judah Christian 2, Newark 1, Springfield Calvary 1.

IHSA Preps Girls Basketball AP Poll

IHSA Preps Girls Basketball AP Poll

Here are the rankings of Illinois high school girls basketball teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:


Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Maine West (8) 21-0 80 1
2. Rock Island 18-1 70 2
3. Edwardsville 18-2 56 5
4. Fremd 19-3 55 3
5. Boylan Catholic 19-0 49 7
6.  Montini 21-3 45 4
7.  Whitney Young 15-4 29 8
8.  Benet 18-4 28 6
9.  Mother McAuley 19-2 14 10
10.  Hononegah 19-4 6 9

Others receiving votes: Geneva 4, Bartlett 2, Normal Community 1, O'Fallon 1.
 

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
T-1. Kankakee (6) 24-0 101 T-2
T-1. Richwoods (5) 20-2 101 1
3.  Morton 18-2 90 T-2
4.  Bloomington Central Catholic 19-3 68 T-4
5. Charleston 21-0 66 T-4
6.  Nazareth 18-1 62 8
7 Carterville 18-3 38 7
8. Sandwich 22-0 37 9
T-9. Bethalto Civic Memorial 19-4 14 6
T-9. Burlington Central 14-5 14 10

Others receiving votes: Effingham 4, Geneseo 4, Sterling 4, Breese Mater Dei 1, Columbia 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Eureka (9) 20-2 117 1
2. Greenville (1) 19-1 93 2
3. Sullivan (1) 19-1 73 5
4. Chicago Marshall (1) 13-7 71 6
5.  Watseka  19-2 69 4
6.  Walther Christian 17-0 51 7
7.  Hamilton County 21-1 42 T-9
8. Teutopolis 17-3 41 8
9.  Harrisburg 21-2 40 3
10. St. Joseph-Ogden 18-4 22 T-9

Others receiving votes: Hillsboro 9, Buffalo Tri-City 8, Pleasant Plains 6, Camp Point Central 6, Carlinville 4, Bismarck-Henning 3, Hamilton 2, Illini West (Carthage) 2, Knoxville 1.


Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Danville Schlarman (13) 18-2 130 1
2. Jacksonville Routt 19-2 105 T-3
3.  Lewistown 21-1 97 2
4.  Stockton 18-3 83 5
5. Lanark Eastland 21-4 76 6
6. Goreville 17-5 61 T-3
7.  Shiloh 17-4 47 7
8.  Illini Bluffs 19-5 40 8
9.  Amboy 20-1 36 9
10. Altamont 19-2 17 10

Others receiving votes: Concord Triopia 15, Dakota 4, Centralia Christ Our Rock 3, Aquin 1