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Marist's Micah Awodiran picks Yale over BCS offers

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Marist's Micah Awodiran picks Yale over BCS offers

It's not everyday that one of the Midwest's top-ranked recruits passes on multiple full-ride athletic scholarship offers to verbally commit to an Ivy League school. Yet that's exactly what Marist three-star inside linebacker Micah Awodiran (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) did on Thursday. 

Awodiran (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) gave Yale his verbal commitment this afternoon. Awodiran, who was touting well over 20 BCS-level athletic scholarship offers had narrowed down his list of favorites to Yale along with Illinois, Duke and Vanderbilt.

"I just wanted to tell you I gave Yale my verbal commitment," Awodiran said. "Yale for me is just the best fit over the next 4-5 years and academically and athletically it's the best place for me."

Awodiran explained why he passed on several BCS athletic scholarship offers to pledge to the Ivy League Yale Bulldogs.

"Yale just offers such a unique experience both on and off the field," Awodiran said. "It's just a close knit family at Yale and I was able to spend time around the football program as well as just talking to students and teachers. I've always placed a high value on academics as well as athletics and Yale is a great fit."

Simeon defensive back Chau Smith commits to Wyoming

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Simeon defensive back Chau Smith commits to Wyoming

Simeon senior three-star ranked defensive back recruit Chau Smith (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) decided today to end his recruiting process and give the University of Wyoming his verbal commitment. Smith discusses his college decision here.

"I'm really happy about my decision," Smith said. "I had a great visit this weekend to Wyoming and the visit really sealed the deal for me."

Smith, who had recently narrowed his top schools list to the Cowboys along with Toledo, NIU, Colorado State and Temple, filled us in on what stood out to him on his weekend official visit to Wyoming.

"The coaching staff at Wyoming is great," Smith said. "Coach Rich (John Richardson) is nothing less than real and I can't emphasize that enough. I also know that head coach (Craig) Bohl has my best interest at heart. He has made a commitment to me that I will leave Laramie with my college degree. My family loves that and they also loved it at Wyoming and I loved it at Wyoming. Just the whole vibe at Wyoming is great and I feel I will be pushed to become a greater player and that the coaches will push me to do great things."

Earlier in the week Smith had no official visit plans set. He decided at the last minute to take an official visit to Wyoming.

High School Lites Week 2 basketball roundup

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High School Lites Week 2 basketball roundup

High School Lites featured plenty of great basketball action on Friday night as NBC Sports Chicago had highlights of many of the area's top matchups.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @CSNPreps for all of the latest IHSA basketball scores and highlights.

Windy City Legends: Kendrick Nunn

Team of the Week: Catalyst Maria Soccer

Athlete of the Week: Halle Douglass

Friday's scores:

Stevenson 57, Zion-Benton 44

No. 8 Evanston 50, New Trier 40

Homewood-Flossmoor 63, Lincoln-Way Central 31

No. 14 Thornton 58, Rich Central 34

No. 4 Whitney Young 56, No. 11 Lincoln Park 50

Loyola 34, Notre Dame 31

Homewood-Flossmoor 63, Lincoln-Way Central 31

Francis W. Parker 55, Latin 47

GIRLS: Evanston 59, New Trier 33

 

Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week

Mather 61, Foreman 57