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Edgy Tim: recruiting news and notes

Edgy Tim: recruiting news and notes

Lake Forest junior four star-ranked defensive end Rylie Mills is getting closer to making a college decision. Mills has now set up multiple official visits-- the first of which will be this weekend at Notre Dame. 

"I have three official visits set up," Mills said. "I'm going to take an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend. I'm then heading to Wisconsin the following weekend for another official visit. I also just set up my third official visit to Ohio State on April 26th."

So what factors is Mills looking for in a potential school when he makes an official visit? 

"I'm looking to see just how well I fit in with the players on my visits. Fitting in and feeling comfortable with the guys is very important to me. I also want to get a real life experience of what a student athlete's day is like and just experience a typical day. I also want to talk with the coaches and also find out how I fit in with that defense and what my roles will be on the team."

Lincoln-Way East four star-ranked wide receiver A.J. Henning (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) spent his spring break on the road in SEC/ACC territory, taking in several college visits. Henning was able to make on-campus unofficial visits to Georgia, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Alabama and Louisville. He was able to add an offer from Georgia to his already-loaded offer sheet. Look for Henning to make a return visit to Illinois this upcoming weekend.

Marian Central Catholic junior offensive lineman recruit Jayden Thiergood (6-foot-3, 265 pounds) was able to add his second scholarship offer this past weekend after a visit to Central Michigan. 

"I went to Central Michigan for a junior day and that's when they offered me," Thiergood said. "The coaches at CMU really wanted me to visit so I was hoping they would offer me and they did but it was still a nice surprise."

Thiergood, whose first offer came from Kent State, is also drawing recruiting attention from Army, Western Michigan, South Dakota and Lehigh. 

Lincoln-Way East junior three star-ranked defensive end Sean McLaughlin (6-foot-7, 230 pounds) has been on a recruiting roll over the past few months-- a roll that's included several new scholarship offers from the Big Ten conference. 

"I've been picking up quite a few {Big Ten offers} lately," McLaughlin said. "I just added my latest offer from Indiana this past weekend. I've also added recent offers from Minnesota, Illinois and Northwestern so my recruiting has been going pretty great."

McLaughlin, who's a three sport athlete (football/basketball/baseball) at Lincoln-Way East, has been limited in getting out to visit colleges this spring but has a few upcoming visits in mind. 

"It's been hard to fit visits into my schedule because of baseball season but I do plan to visit Minnesota this weekend. It's going to be a quick one day visit because I need to then head over to Milwaukee and play AAU basketball with my team in a tournament."

Breaking: RB Williams pledges to Iowa

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Breaking: RB Williams pledges to Iowa

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. 

Quarterback JJ McCarthy commits to Michigan

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Quarterback JJ McCarthy commits to Michigan

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).