New Trier junior defensive linemen Duke Olges added a scholarship offer earlier this week from Vanderbilt, an offer Olges calls a game changer.
"The offer from Vanderbilt is a big offer for me in a lot of ways," he said. "It's an offer from the SEC, plus it's also an offer from a very strong academic school. I'm already starting to get a lot of new follows from coaches and more attention and interest. It was also very similar when Illinois offered me. Once Illinois offered, I ended up adding another dozen scholarship offers after that offer."
Olges, who will play baseball this spring for the Trevians' baseball team is hoping to visit Vanderbilt when he plays in Nashville during spring break.
St. Charles North junior defensive back Tyler Nubin has seen his recruiting stock take off this winter. Nubin, who this week added new offers from Michigan and Iowa, also holds early Big Ten offers from Illinois, Minnesota and Purdue. Nubin has started to draw more recruiting attention from a handful of SEC schools, including adding his first SEC offer from Kentucky.
St. Charles East sophomore offensive tackle Dylan Barrett got his first Big Ten offer from Illinois. Barrett has also seen his recruiting stock on the rise this winter.
"I've just talked to Northwestern over the phone and they are interested in me," Barrett said. "I got invited to the Northwestern spring game as well as to the Northwestern camp this summer. On March 10 I'm going to visit Illinois for a Junior Day. I'm also going to Miami (Ohio) on March 11. I'm also planning on attending NIU, Notre Dame, Purdue, Northwestern, Western Michigan, Toledo and I think a few more schools this spring for practices and spring games. Oklahoma also is coming this spring. They planned to see me back in January, but they came on a day we were out of school because of a snow day. Coaches from Penn State, Iowa, Kentucky are the latest to follow me. I was also invited recently to Notre Dame for a camp this summer."
Farmington junior lineman Jarod DePriest has added four recent scholarship offers and continues to draw more recruiting attention this winter.
"I have four scholarship offers now," DePriest said. "I have offers now from Illinois State, Eastern Kentucky, South Dakota State and also SIU offered me late last week."
DePriest, who played on both sides of the line for the Farmers in 2017, has been in touch with several other schools so far this winter.
"Besides the schools who have offered me, I've also been staying in touch with the coaches from Illinois, Iowa, Eastern Illinois and also Austin Peay. The schools just wanted to get to know me and to let me know they are recruiting me. Several of those coaches have said that they want me to come and visit them sometime soon."