Sam Brodner (RB), Glenbard West
Brodner (5-foot-11, 215 pounds), who was the EDGYTIM.com Player of the Year in Illinois this season, has decommitted from Vanderbilt and reopened his recruiting process.
"I reopened my recruiting," Brodner said. "I just didn't feel that Vanderbilt was the right fit for me anymore. I called up the Vanderbilt coaches about a week ago and told them my decision."
The senior three-star ranked recruit is looking hard at three schools and plans to take official visits to all three.
"I've been talking to the coaches at Illinois, Syracuse and also Iowa," Brodner said. "I have offers now from both Illinois and Syracuse and Iowa is very interested but they haven't offered me a scholarship yet. The coaches from all three colleges have been in my school this month and they also made in home visits. I haven't set up any official visit dates just yet but I'm hoping to get that done soon. I want to visit all three schools ."
Amir Watts (DT), Phillips
Watts (6-foot-3, 260 pounds) made his first official visit to Minnesota this past weekend.
"I just got back from Minnesota and it was awesome," Watts said. "I loved the city (Minneapolis). I was impressed with everything they have to offer especially the lifetime scholarship program. If you don't finish your degree you can go back to Minnesota at any time and that's pretty impressive."
The senior three-star ranked recruit also has three more official visits set.
"Next up is Indiana on January 15th. I'm also visiting Pitt (Jan. 22) and Nebraska (Jan. 29)."
Tyler Witt (OG), Joliet Catholic
Witt (6-foot-3, 300 pounds) gave Western Kentucky his verbal commitment after making an official visit over the weekend.
"The official visit to Western Kentucky was the difference," Witt said. "I just really liked it a lot and it was a great visit. The school and the surrounding area felt like home to me. It's a pretty similar environment to this area that has just a lot of good people. Everyone made me feel welcomed including the players and the coaches. I just felt like I fit in well on the official visit and knew I found a school to call home."
Brad Krisch (LB), Joliet Catholic
Krisch gave Air Force his verbal commitment on Tuesday. The Hilltoppers' Class of 2016 now has four players verbally committed to the DI level in defensive lineman Ken Aguirre (Western Michigan), offensive guard/defensive tackle Ze'veyon Furcron (Southern Illinois), Krisch and Witt.
Kurt Gavin (OT), Lincoln-Way East
Gavin (6-foot-5, 270 pounds) has been verbally committed to Illinois since June. However, on Tuesday Illinois parted ways with offensive line coach Tom Bratten and Gavin's phone began to ring including a scholarship offer from Iowa State. The Cyclones hired former Illinois assistant coach Alex Golesh and he has been very active since getting hired a few weeks ago.
"The offer from Iowa State was kind of a surprise for me because I was so far in my commitment to Illinois already," Gavin said. "One of the coaches at Illinois recently relocated to Iowa State (Alex Golesh) and he was thew coach that called me with the offer from Iowa State. I'm still committed to Illinois and the Iowa State coach just wanted me to know that they have a spot for me in case anything changes."