Preps Talk

Preps Talk

The annual Rivals Camp presented by Under Armour moved a bit south this spring to O'Fallon High School and drew several top Chicagoland names over the weekend.

Cordell Finley (WR), Fremd

One of the more impressive performances at Rivals Camp came from Finley (6-foot-1, 175 pounds). The junior wideout, who played quarterback for the Vikings and head coach Lou Sponsel in 2014, was able to compete with several highly ranked receivers.

"The Rivals Camp was incredible," Finley said. "I was able to go against some of the best defensive backs I've ever seen."

Finley will hit the camp circuit hard this summer in hopes of adding his first scholarship offer.

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"I'm planning to visit camp this summer at Minnesota, Iowa, Purdue, Illinois, Toledo, Indiana, NIU, Michigan State and Tennessee. The coaches from those schools have been in my school and they all want to see me up close at a camp this summer to evaluate me."

Naquan Jones (DT), Evanston

Jones (6-foot-4, 289 pounds) released his Top 6 schools on Thursday morning. Also, Jones announced last week via Twitter that he will make his college decision on June 5.


"That's the last day of school," Jones said. "I'm in the process of setting up some visit over the next few weeks and then I'll announce my decision on June 5th."

Jones will make his college choice between Michigan State, South Carolina, Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Penn State.

Mike Panasiuk (DT), Lake Park

Panasiuk (6-foot-4, 275 pounds) took part in Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp at Addison Trail High School. He was selected to take part in The Opening, Nike's invite only elite level camp over the Fourth of July weekend at the Nike headquarters in Oregon.

"My goal was to go in and perform well (at the NFTC) and win a spot in The Opening," Panasiuk said. "And it feels good to achieve that goal for sure."

Panasiuk, who has offers from 19 schools including Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Penn State, is still trying to sort out his college options.

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"I've said all along that I'm looking for that school that stands out to me. I need to get out this summer and make visits and get a better idea on several schools. I also keep drawing offers this spring so that makes it a bit harder to sort out and focus on schools. I need to make visits first before I can start to even consider narrowing things down."

Daniel Joseph (DE), Lake Forest

Joseph (6-foot-3, 240 pounds) has been looking harder and harder at his college options recently. Joseph has 18 scholarship offers and is in no hurry to make his college choice.

"I just don't have any favorites for now," Joseph said. "I just need to get out and see more schools before I can even think of naming anyone as a favorite. I'm just not in a big hurry to make a college decision. I'm looking at making some official visits after the season. I want to make sure I'm taking my time and making the best decision I can. I also want my family to be involved in this process and my decision."

Joseph will make an unofficial visit to Iowa this weekend.