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Recruiting News and Notes: Noah Shannon pledges to Iowa

Recruiting News and Notes: Noah Shannon pledges to Iowa

Oswego three-star ranked senior defensive tackle Noah Shannon (6-foot-2, 285 pounds) who earlier this spring decommitted from Minnesota after giving the Gophers his verbal commitment gave the Iowa Hawkeyes his verbal pledge on the Fourth of July.

Shannon released a statement on his Twitter account announcing his decision:

"These past few weeks I've thought long and hard about where I'll be attending college and playing football for the next four years," he wrote. "I'd like to personally thank all the programs that took their time to recruit me and offer me the opportunity to play the game I love. After many conversations with my parents and family, I have finally decided to further my academic and football career at the University of Iowa."

Oak Park (IL) Fenwick senior offensive tackle prospect Austin Glazier (6-foot-6, 280 pounds) recently decided to end his recruiting process and gave Fordham his verbal commitment.

Glazier talks about his decision here:

"I decided to end my recruiting and gave Fordham my verbal commitment," he said. "Fordham is just the best overall fit for me and I'm just really excited about my decision and so is my family."

So why did Glazier decide to end his process and pledge to the Fordham Rams?

"Fordham has a lot to offer on and off the field. The football program plays in the Patriot League and I feel that I'm a good fit at the FCS level. The school has around nine thousand kids and it's just the perfect size school. Fordham is in New York City and located in the Bronx. When you walk into the school it's hard to see at first but once you are inside it's like in it's own world. It's really quiet and just beautiful. It's just a great overall set-up and I feel a great fit for me."

Phillips senior quarterback J'Bore Gibbs (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) also decided over the holiday to end his recruiting process and give South Dakota State his verbal commitment.

"I was ready to make my decision so I committed," Gibbs said. "South Dakota State is a good school, they offer my major (engineering) and I also know guys already on the team so I feel good about my decision."

Gibbs discussed why he decided to pledge to the SDSU Jackrabbits:

"(Former Phillips defensive back) Donald (Gardner) is already on the team at SDSU and I've been talking to him a lot about the school and the football program," he said. "Donald has nothing but good things to say about the coaches and the school. I also have a really good connection with all of the coaches at SDSU. It feels like the same communication and relationship I have with my coaches at Phillips so I feel really comfortable with them. I haven't been able to get out to visit SDSU just yet. I was planning to visit back on Friday but we couldn't make it al the last minute. I definitely will get out to visit SDSU soon."

St. Charles East senior defensive back Nick Garlisch (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) also decided to give the South Dakota State Jackrabbits his verbal commitment.

"I'm very excited about South Dakota State," Garlisch said. "I visited SDSU back in May and I just loved it there. I had three options and all of those schools started filling up and I knew I didn't want to miss out on SDSU so I committed."

Garlisch, along with multiple recruits, admitted that the recent surge of players making verbal commitments this summer at the FCS level and below played a factor in his decision process.

"I couldn't help but notice all of the kids who started making college decisions. I wasn't really looking too hard yet at schools but once I started to see kids commit I definitely picked up the pace and did a ton of research. I was starting to feel more and more pressures from schools to make a decision sooner than I expected."

Nazareth Academy senior defensive tackle Isaiah lee (6-foot-2, 280 pounds) has had a very strong summer and now is touting nine scholarship offers along with recruiting looks from several FBS schools.

"I have nine offers so far," Lee said. "I have offers now from Colorado State, Western Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana State, North Dakota State, Central Michigan, South Dakota State, Ball State and Fordham."

Lee has also been a constant on the summer college one day camp circuit.

"I've been everywhere this summer and I'm almost starting to lose track of all the camps," he said. "I camped at Wisconsin, the North Central College satellite camp in front of Wisconsin, Missouri and a bunch of other schools. I also went to the Lake Forest College satellite camp, Purdue, Indiana, Ball State, Ohio State and also Notre Dame. The feedback was really strong from the coaches at each camp. The coaches all love watching me in one on ones and tell me how great I do.

"At the end of each camp they tell me to stay in touch with them and that a lot of the bigger schools still want to see my senior tape. It can get frustrating man. I just go into the camps, do work and I go against anyone they want me to go against."

Lee remains open for now and doesn't have any favorites or a time frame for making his college choice.

High School Lites Roundup: Week 12

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High School Lites Roundup: Week 12

HIgh School Lites had plenty of intriguing storylines to follow this week with some great matchups from all over the area. The Public League Playoffs are underway in the city for boys basketball while conference rivalry games were heating up all over the Chicagoland area.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Rashaun Agee

Team of the Week, presented by Saint Xavier: Schaumburg Saxons Girls Bowling Team

HIGHLIGHTS

Mid-week Mixtape: Public League Quarterfinals

THURSDAY'S GAMES

GIRLS: Marshall knocks off Walther Christian in the Class 2A Sectional Championship 

FRIDAY'S GAMES

Crystal Lake Central nets close win over rival Crystal Lake South

Burlington Central picks up close win over Johnsburg

Providence-St. Mel's gets big win over St. Rita.

Stevenson beats Warren on night of Jalen Brunson's jersey retirement

Evanston blows out New Trier

Curie knocks Orr in Public League Playoff Semifinals

Fremd beats Schaumburg in Mid-Suburban-West match-up

Providence-St. Mel gets big blowout win in battle with St. Rita

Bolingbrook nets close 5-point win over Homnewood-Flossmoor

Morgan Park outlasts Simeon in Public League battle

High School Lites Preview: Week 12

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High School Lites Preview: Week 12

High School Lites has a packed show this week as the final full week of the boys basketball regular season is here. The girls basketball IHSA State Playoffs are also here as we'll have important games from all over the area. High School Lites airs at 11 p.m. on Friday night on NBC Sports Chicago.

Public League Playoff Semifinals, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Curie vs. Orr -- This should be an intriguing matchup. The Condors (27-1) haven't lost to an Illinois opponent so far this season as they've been one of the top teams in the nation. Orr (19-10) just earned a huge win over Bogan in the quarterfinals as Sherif Kenney stepped up his play. Long and athletic, the Spartans have a chance to hang with Curie if they can limit the Condors from the perimeter.

Simeon vs. Morgan Park -- In another rivalry rematch, these two teams just played a few weeks back. Now the Battle for Vincennes is for a shot at the City Title. Simeon (16-13) is playing its best ball of the season after knocking off Whitney Young on Wednesday. Senior Antonio Reeves is playing very well as he makes his All-Area case. Morgan Park (25-3) hasn't lost since December as they are led by junior guard Adam Miller and versatile wing DeShawndre Washington. 

Friday's Games

3A Kaneland Girls BB Regional, 7 p.m. -- Sandwich will face Kaneland for a chance to advance to the Class 3A sectional semifinals. Sandwich (31-0) is the unbeaten No. 1 seed coming off of a win over St. Francis. Kaneland (19-11) is the No. 4 seed who dispatched St. Edward in the previous round.

Marian Catholic at St. Viator, 7 p.m. -- The ESCC could get decided in this one. Marian Catholic (24-3, 7-0) is atop the standings as junior guard Ahron Ulis and senior forward Chris White make up a strong one-two punch. St. Viator (21-5, 6-1) just saw point guard Trey Calvin return to the lineup as he had a broken left hand that sidelined him for a month. 

Providence-St. Mel at St. Rita, 7 p.m. -- Two top-25 teams from the Catholic League face here. Providence-St. Mel (22-6, 11-3) is the top Class 1A team in the state as they're led by a solid guard in senior Tim Ervin. St. Rita (21-7, 12-1) hasn't lost to an Illinois opponent since December as they've earned impressive recent wins over Leo and Mount Carmel. Senior Jeremiah Oden is starting to play well as he has a balanced group of veterans around him. 

Johnsburg at Burlington Central, 7 p.m. -- The Kishwaukee River's top two teams will play on Friday night. Johnsburg (16-10, 8-2) is led by senior Zack Toussaint as he's been one of the state's most prolific three-point shooters during his career. Burlington Central (18-8, 6-2) has dropped two straight games as they try to avenge a road loss to the Skyhawks back in January. 

Evanston at New Trier, 7 p.m. -- A classic rivalry in the CSL South. Evanston (24-4, 8-1) won the first matchup at home as they are led by a strong senior perimeter group that includes Lance Jones and Jaheim Holden. New Trier (22-4, 7-2) is trying to overcome some recent injuries as they lost in conference play to Niles North last week. 

Warren at Stevenson, 7 p.m. -- North Suburban leader Stevenson gets a test here from a familiar rival. Warren (13-14, 5-7) lost in the first matchup as they're stuck in a pack of teams tied for fourth in the conference. Stevenson (22-3, 11-1) is riding a 13-game winning streak after a notable overtime win over Waukegan earlier this week. 

Crystal Lake Central at Crystal Lake South, 7 p.m. -- Crosstown rivals also meet in a huge Fox Valley tilt. Crystal Lake Central (15-11, 9-4) won the first matchup between these teams as senior big man Alex Timmerman is a force on the interior. Crystal Lake South (21-6, 10-3) leads the conference with a surprising season. They have a balanced group that has the school's first 20-win season since 2015. 

Aurora Christian at Riverside-Brookfield, 7 p.m. -- The Metro Suburban Blue's top two teams play in this one. Aurora Christian (23-6, 9-2) won the first matchup between these teams in OT as junior Will Wolfe is a Division I prospect. Riverside-Brookfield (23-4, 10-1) is peaking at the right time as they try to hold on to the conference lead.

Homewood-Flossmoor at Bolingbrook, 7 p.m. -- A huge top-25 matchup in the Southwest Suburban Blue. Homewood-Flossmoor (19-5, 7-1) lost the first game between teams as they have seven consecutive wins since then. Bolingbrook (18-6, 7-1) has bounced back with four-straight wins after a three-game slide as they're led by a talented backcourt that includes Joseph Yesufu and Tyler Cochran.

Fremd at Schaumburg, 7:30 p.m. -- An important clash in the MSL West division title. Fremd (18-4, 8-1)) has won six straight games since losing the first matchup as they come in hot. The Saxons (20-5, 8-1)) are playing even better ball as they're riding an eight-game winning streak. The winner of this game will represent the West in the MSL Title game next week.

Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week

This week's Viewers' Choice heads to the girls basketball Class 2A state playoffs in the Timothy Christian Sectional. Marshall (24-8) is a No. 1 seed trying to add to its legacy with another sectional title. Walther Christian (28-0) is another No. 1 seed as they haven't fallen yet this season.