Let’s take a look at the “Hot Five” in-state recruits from the Class of 2017 over the past month:
TE Jake Marwede, Loyola Academy: Marwede has added an impressive 24 scholarship offers, his latest coming last week from Alabama. It's not often that the Crimson Tide heads north for a recruit. Marwede, along with East St. Louis four star-ranked wide receiver Jeff Thomas (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) are the only two Illinois recruits in the Class of 2017 with offers from the defending national champions. Marwede has recently visited Duke, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and Tennessee. Not bad for a kid who started playing tight end for the first time just last season after playing quarterback for the Ramblers.
DE Izayah Green-May, Bolingbrook: So far, Green-May has added 17 scholarship offers. His latest offer comes from Wisconsin after making an on campus visit in Madison. Green-May is extremely quick and athletic and will add more weight and size at the next level.
OG Kevin Jarvis, Maine South: Jarvis has also been drawing scholarship offers outside of the Midwest and has become a national level recruit. Jarvis has added four SEC offers so far (Arkansas/Auburn/Mississippi State/Tennessee) and seven others from the Big Ten. Expect more schools to offer Jarvis once the spring evaluation period begins in mid-April.
LB Micah Awodiran, Marist: The in-state linebacker class isn't shaping up to be exceptionally deep, yet Awodiran is (hands down) the top linebacker in this class. Awodiran has quickly added 15 offers including offers from Arkansas and Boston College along with four Big Ten offers (Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Purdue). Awodiran is planning to visit several schools in person this spring and is hoping to make a college decision by the end of the summer.
RB Ivory Kelly-Martin, Oswego East: Kelly-Martin, who was an All-State running back last season at Nazareth Academy, transferred over to Oswego East this semester. Kelly-Martin now has added 14 scholarship offers along with strong recruiting looks from the likes of Michigan State and Tennessee. Iowa is the latest offer for Kelly-Martin, who was offered at a recent Iowa junior day event.