Florida Atlantic landed two Land of Lincoln verbal commitments this past weekend when Oswego senior three-star quarterback Steven Frank and Hinsdale Central senior guard Doug Kramer Jr. gave head coach Charlie Partridge and the Owls verbal commitments.
"Florida Atlantic is just a great opportunity," Frank said. "I loved the campus along with everything happening down there. I had a great official visit, and I think they are going to break out pretty soon."
Both Frank and Kramer Jr. pledged to FAU last weekend on official visits. Florida Atlantic has some Illinois ties in the program including redshirt freshman offensive linemen Jack Breshears from Batavia along with assistant coach Terrance Jamison (Thornton Township) and assistant coach Bart Miller (Elk Grove).
Chicagoland pipeline keeps feeding Wyoming
Wyoming has always maintained a steady pipeline to the Chicagoland area, and the Cowboys added two recent verbal commitments.
Oak Park-River Forest senior inside linebacker Jahmari Moore made an official visit last weekend and pledged to the Cowboys.
"I just really enjoyed my official visit and seeing everything that Wyoming has to offer," Moore said. "I've never been to that part of the country, and it's just beautiful. I was really impressed with the campus, the facilities and the academic side, as well. I got along really well with the other recruits and the players already on the team, and that was another big factor in my decision. I felt very comfortable with the team and the coaches on my visit, and I felt like I was already on the team."
Crete-Monee senior outside linebacker Drew Harvey also made an official visit this past weekend to Wyoming. On Monday, Harvey ended his recruiting process and gave Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl his verbal commitment.
"I sat down with my parents, and we talked about it," Harvey said. "I just feel that Wyoming is the best fit for me. ... Today I knew that I was ready to commit to Wyoming. Wyoming is the place I need to be to succeed."
Harvey was starting to draw serious recruiting interest from several Mid American Conference schools along with several FCS programs before pledging to Wyoming.
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Schaffer not rushing decision
Lake Forest Academy senior three-star defensive end Thomas Schaffer has made three official visits, and for now Schaffer seems to be in no rush to make a final college decision.
"Right now it's a really hard decision, and I just have to clear my head from those visits. I don't want to make a false decision and decide too early," Schaffer recently told BadgersBlitz.com's Jon McNamara. "I was going to commit in January, but it might take longer or it might be before that, just depending on how I feel."
Schaffer made official visits to Oregon (Nov. 11), Stanford (Nov. 13) and Wisconsin (Nov. 20) and is expected to make his final college choice between those three schools.
Illinois picks up Green
Illinois added a verbal commitment this past weekend from East St. Louis senior safety Stanley Green. Green, who will join his Flyers teammate Trevour Simms, a three-star offensive guard, in the Fighting Illini's 2016 class, was sold on Illinois after his official visit last weekend.
"I really didn't know what to expect before my official visit this weekend. Once I got on campus and around the team I was able to see how everyone loves the school and how it's just one huge family at Illinois. Illinois just has so much to offer not only from the football side but in life, so I committed."
Illinois head coach Bill Cubit now has 18 known verbal commitments, including seven in-state commitments.