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EDGY recruiting news and notes: Byron OT Elsbury commits to Iowa


EDGY recruiting news and notes: Byron OT Elsbury commits to Iowa

Byron junior three star-ranked offensive tackle recruit Tyler Elsbury (6-foot-5, 298 pounds) decided to give the Iowa Hawkeyes his verbal commitment last weekend after making an unofficial visit to Iowa City. 

"It just feels like home," Elsbury told's Blair Sanderson. "I put all my trust into that program."

Elsbury, who had early offers from several Big Ten schools this winter, was thought to be leaning toward the Hawkeyes for some time now. Sean Considine, a former Byron player and standout safety for the Hawkeyes, is currently the defensive coordinator for Byron. He has known Elsbury for several years. 

Lincoln-Way East four star-ranked athlete A.J. Henning (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) has added the Crimson Tide to his scholarship offer list. Henning is planning to make an unofficial visit to Alabama during spring break. He’ll also make stops to see Clemson, Georgia, Florida and Florida State. Henning recently announced a top 10 favorite schools list that included several Midwest programs. He made a recent visit to Northwestern and is still expecting to visit Purdue later this spring. 

Plainfield North junior three star-ranked wide receiver Marcellus Moore (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) is one of the fastest high school runners in the nation. He has seen his football recruiting stock take off this winter as  a growing list of scholarship offers take center stage — including schools well beyond the Midwest.  

"I have SEC offers now from Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt is my latest offer," according to Moore. "I've also been hearing more and more from both Auburn and Tennessee. Oregon is another school that has been showing more interest in me. I've had some great talks with the Oregon coaches and they also want me to come out and visit them."

Just over a year ago, Curie junior Kevo Wesley (6-foot-5, 265 pounds), a three star-ranked offensive guard, was more focused on playing basketball and never considered football as a path to obtaining his college education. But after deciding to give football a try in August, Wesley has become one of the most sought-after names in the Midwest. 

"It's been crazy and a blessing," Wesley said of his latest flurry of scholarship offers. "All of the attention just makes me want to work even harder."

Wesley is now holding 21 offers — very impressive given his short amount of time playing football. The offer list includes Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Arizona, Boston College and Washington State.

Edgy's recruiting news and notes: LWE's Dzioban commits to Miami (OH)


Edgy's recruiting news and notes: LWE's Dzioban commits to Miami (OH)

Lincoln-Way East junior kicker Dominic Dzioban (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) added a recent scholarship offer from Miami of Ohio and has since given the Redhawks and head coach Chuck Martin his verbal commitment. 

"I just had a great visit on Saturday to Miami of Ohio and I was able to get every question I had about the school and the program answered on Saturday," Dzioban said. "When I was first offered by Miami (Ohio) I had no idea what they had to offer or what they are all about. Miami (Ohio) has a historic campus and they also offer an amazing education. It seems like every facility at Miami (Ohio) is brand new and Oxford is just a great small college town. Miami (Ohio) really offers everything I was looking for in a school and having a chance to go to Miami on a full scholarship is a huge opportunity I couldn't pass by at all."

Lake Forest sophomore linebacker Cal Uihlein (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) was able to add his first offer recently from the Wisconsin Badgers, and Uihlein also made a visit to the University of Wisconsin this past Saturday. 

"I had a great visit to Wisconsin on Saturday," Uihlein said. "It wasn't a usual recruiting type of visit, it was much more low key and I was able to just see everything behind the scenes including seeing the team scrimmage. I was able to get a good feel for the team and the coaches after the scrimmage. I was also able to talk with some of the coaches at Wisconsin including head coach Paul Chryst and linebacker coaches. Everyone at Wisconsin seems very excited about me and it was just good to get to know them a bit better. I was able to just basically see the stadium and I didn't get to see too much of the facilities or the campus. I'll definitely head back again to Wisconsin soon and see more of the school and the facilities and overall it was a great visit."

Warren Township junior three star ranked defensive tackle Willis Singleton Jr. (6-foot-2, 285 pounds) was able to add an offer from the University of Illinois last Saturday while on a visit to watch the Fighting Illini's spring game. 

"I was hoping that an offer (from Illinois) was coming but I still had no idea," Singleton Jr. said. "I know that Illinois is on the rise and have added some really strong players from my recruiting class. My Dad also went to Illinois and just telling him over the phone that Illinois had offered me was an amazing felling and experience."

Singleton Jr. also said that "Illinois is definitely on the top of the spectrum. My recruitment is open, but there are definitely one of the top schools because of how they went about things with me on the visit."

Bolingbrook sophomore safety Justin Walters (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) has also seen more and more schools take notice of him this spring. Walters is currently holding six FBS level offers and growing by the day. 

"I have six scholarship offers now," Walters said. "I have offers from Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Army, Iowa, Iowa State and now Minnesota. Minnesota is my latest offer and they offered me a few weeks ago."

Walters has also been hitting the road and visiting a few schools this spring and plans to see even more soon.

"I've made visits already to Iowa and Iowa St and Wisconsin. I also visited Northwestern awhile ago. I'm also planning to visit Michigan State sometime this spring."

Breaking: Northwestern adds another in-state pledge


Breaking: Northwestern adds another in-state pledge

It didn't take Wheaton North junior outside linebacker Xander Mueller (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) long to give the Northwestern coaching staff his verbal commitment today. Mueller — whose older brother (junior linebacker Erik Mueller) is already on the Wildcats roster — attended the Wildcats final spring practice today. He picked up a scholarship offer and then gave head coach Pat Fitzgerald his verbal commitment on the spot. 

"I didn't expect it (adding a Northwestern offer) and I was very surprised," Mueller said. "Northwestern is the place for me because of the incredible academics, the location, having my brother already on the team and the amazing coaching staff and football program. I'm super happy."

Mueller is the second in-state name for the Wildcats and the seventh known verbal commitment for the Northwestern Class of 2020. Mueller joins Lake Zurich tight end Hunter Welcing (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) as the Wildcats in state commitments so far in the 2020 class. 

Mueller was also the Wildcats second overall verbal commitment today as Groveport (Ohio) Madison three star ranked offensive guard TeRah Edwards (6-foot-3, 295 pounds) also committed to the Wildcats after today's final spring practice.