Preps Talk

Preps Talk

Libertyville senior quarterback Riley Lees just didn't see it coming Monday.

Lees, who had been happily committed to Miami (Ohio) since early spring made an unofficial visit today to Northwestern, added an offer from the Wildcats, decommitted from Miami (Ohio) and is now verbally committed to Northwestern.

"I just didn't see it coming," Lees said when asked about his scholarship offer and eventual commitment to Northwestern. "Northwestern is my dream school. I've watched them since I was a little kid. I went to visit them, and I didn't expect to get an offer whatsoever. I love Miami and coach Chuck Martin, and it was a very hard call for me to make."

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Lees, who was offered Monday by the Wildcats as a wide receiver, talked about backing out of his verbal commitment to Miami (Ohio) and pledging to Northwestern.

"I felt that I needed to make this decision. It's not everyday that your dream school offers you a scholarship. Between getting to play in the Big Ten, being 45 minutes from home, the overall academics and just the chance to play at Northwestern, I couldn't say no. My family is totally on board."

Lees, an all-state quarterback for Libertyville and head coach Mike Jones is still catching his breath after a wild and hectic but exciting day.

"It's been a crazy day, and it's very hard to put into words just how I feel right now. It's just amazing."