Batavia’s three-star ranked senior inside linebacker Luke Weerts (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) made his college decision and gave FCS national champion North Dakota State his verbal commitment.
"It was time to make my decision and it's been North Dakota State for me for awhile now," Weerts said. "I looked at a lot of different schools and we did our homework on a lot of different schools. Everyone has facilities and nice campuses and they all offer a good education. Yet North Dakota State just always has felt like home and I have a great comfort level there. That's why I decided to commit to them today."
Weerts, who had narrowed his list of favorite schools to NDSU, Kansas State and Cincinnati, also chose an FCS-level school over several FBS level offers, which might be a surprise to many except to Weerts.
"I've been asked about that already a few times why I included North Dakota State in my top schools list," he said. "North Dakota State is a big deal. They sell out the Fargodome for every game. North Dakota State might not be the size of the other two schools but they still have a lot to offer. North Dakota State reminds me a lot of Batavia and like our school football is a big deal at North Dakota State."
Elsewhere, Nazareth Academy senior athlete recruit Jermaine Baker (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) gave Yale his verbal commitment. Baker, who played wide receiver and safety for the Road Runners in 2017, discussed why he chose non-athletic scholarship Yale over several FCS level athletic scholarship offers.
"Yale was the first school to offer me and it showed that the believed in me," Baker said. "Yale recruited me to play it's viper position which is a great fit for me. Yale also offers some amazing benefits like the job opportunities and internships along with the prestige of the school. That was very important to me and my family because there is life after football which a lot of athletes fail to realize."
Quincy’s four-star ranked senior running back Jirehl Brock (6-foot-0, 200 pounds) is inching closer to making a final college decision. Brock, who made his first official visit recently to Northwestern, also has more upcoming official visits set.
"I'll be visiting Minnesota this coming weekend," Brock said. "I'm going to visit Iowa State on June 18th and then Iowa on June 22nd. Those are the only official visits I plan to take."
Brock also discussed what stood out on his official visit to Northwestern.
"The coaching staff is wonderful (at Northwestern)," he said. "Coach Lou (Louis Ayeni) and I have known each other for a while now and he is a great guy. I got along with the players at Northwestern and it was cool to hang out with the team. Obviously the new indoor facility they have is just unreal and Evanston is just beautiful."
Brock also has a time frame in mind for making his college choice.
"I'm going to make my college decision after I make my official visits," he said. "I'm gonna take some time to think and gather my thoughts but it will definitely be before the start of the season."
Phillips three-star ranked senior wide receiver Fabian McCray (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) recently announced his top seven favorite schools list and also filled us in on what's next in his recruiting process.
"I named my top seven schools," McCray said. "It includes — in no order — Illinois, Rutgers, Minnesota, Kentucky, Yale, Purdue and Iowa State. I'm looking at taking some official visits very soon. I plan to end up using all five of my official visits. I haven't set any official visits dates just yet but I plan to get that done soon. I've been able to see schools like Illinois and Iowa State already so I'm looking to get out to make official visits to those other schools farther away from home like Yale, Minnesota and Rutgers. I still could take official visits those schools closer to home but I'm still sorting it all out now."