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Recruiting Notes: Steven Frank adds offer from Boston College


Recruiting Notes: Steven Frank adds offer from Boston College

Steven Frank (QB), Oswego

Frank (6-foot-4, 216 pounds) added his latest scholarship offer from Boston College. Frank, who stayed in touch with the Eagles coaching staff, recently pointed toward a strong throwing session in front of the Boston College coaches as a key in adding his offer.

"I just starting getting contact from them (Boston College) a few weeks ago," Frank said. "They said they wanted to see me throw. The coach from Boston College came out last week and really liked me. I threw pretty well and they offered."

Frank admitted that the offer from Boston College definitely caught his attention.

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"It's a pretty big offer. Boston College has strong academics and they also play in the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) which is a very good football conference."

Erik Swenson (OT), Downers Grove South

Still wondering if Swenson (6-foot-5, 300 pounds) remains committed to Michigan? Swenson, who committed to Michigan in 2013, is still very much on board with the Wolverines. A spring break visit to Alabama couldn't sway him to change his decision. 

"I did visit Alabama with my younger cousin on our way to Florida over spring break," Swenson said. "I mean I had a great visit at Alabama and everyone was great. The facilities are amazing at Alabama and they made us feel very welcomed. In the end, Alabama just is not the school for me. I just feel comfortable and at home at Michigan. It's really as simple as that."

Sean Williams (ILB), Morgan Park

Williams (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) is the latest name to emerge this spring. Williams, who has scholarship offers from Northern Illinois, Bowling Green and Toledo, has begun to draw recruiting looks and in-school visits from a handful of Big Ten schools.

"I have offers now from NIU, Bowling Green and Toledo offered me [Tuesday]," Williams said. "We also had coaches from Northwestern and Wisconsin here at school today. Indiana is also supposed to be at school soon."

Does Williams have a dream school?

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"My dream school would be Nebraska. Nebraska ironically will be making an in-school visit sometime over the next few weeks. I've always been a fan of Nebraska and they just always have a swagger and it's just big time college football. I've never visited Nebraska but I want to get that done sometime this summer."

Nick Niemann (OLB), Sycamore

Niemann (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) added his latest offer from the Badgers. Niemann, who is the son of NIU defensive coordinator Jay Niemann, now has nine scholarship offers including NIU, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State and Wisconsin. Niemann, whose older brother Ben Niemann is a sophomore linebacker at Iowa, has plenty of offers with family connections but remains open on his favorites.

"I'm still open to options and no one is ruled out yet," Niemann said."I'm going to take my time and make my decision when I feel one hundred percent comfortable with my decision."

James Robinson (RB), Rockford Lutheran | Barrington Wade (LB/RB), Niles North

Speaking of Iowa, both Robinson (5-foot-11, 215 pounds) and Wade (6-foot-1, 207 pounds) have both named the Hawkeyes as early leaders. Robinson, who is 1,874 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown shy of setting IHSA records in both categories, was impressed with his Iowa spring game visit.

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"Iowa is my leader so far," Robinson added after his recent Iowa visit. "I still need to get out and see more schools but for now I really like Iowa."

Tyler Tsagalis (QB), Notre Dame

Tsagalis (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) added his first scholarship offer late last week from Western Illinois.

"I was asked to go in a few hours early to WIU before the spring game by the coaches at Western Illinois," Tsagalis said. "I had a chance to look around the campus and the facilities at WIU. I was also pulled into the coaches office and that's when WIU offered me."

Tsagalis is also drawing plenty of looks during the spring evaluation period.

"Syracuse is planning to be in school tomorrow. Bowling Green was also already here and I was at Bowling Green over my spring break for a practice." 

High School Lites basketball roundup: Week 8

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High School Lites basketball roundup: Week 8

Check out our high school hoops highlights from some of the best games around the state, and be sure to follow @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest scores, highlights, and analysis

Windy City Legends: Jimmy Garoppolo

Athlete of the Week: Lincoln-Way West's Taylor Gugliuzza

Team of the Week: Hinsdale South boys basketball

Highlights: Oak Lawn 61, Richards 60

Highlights: No. 10 DePaul Prep 78, St. Laurence 57

Highlights: Deerfield 33, Highland Park 29

Highlights: No. 2 Evanston 49, New Trier 43

Midweek Mixtape: Zion-Benton 90, No. 2 Evanston 71

Highlights: No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor 64, Lincoln-Way East 43

Highlights: Austin 76, Prosser 43

Highlights: DeKalb 53, Naperville Central 51

Highlights: No. 24 Joliet West 59, West Aurora 54

Highlights: Simeon 88, No. 14 Morgan Park 86

Whitney Young's DJ Steward, Maine West's Angela Dugalic named to McDonald's All-American games

Whitney Young's D.J. Steward ends the Illinois McDonald's All-American drought

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Whitney Young's D.J. Steward ends the Illinois McDonald's All-American drought

Whitney Young senior guard D.J. Steward became the latest Burger Boy from the Land of Lincoln with his selection into the game on Thursday afternoon. The Duke commit is the first Illinois boys basketball player to be selected for high school basketball's most prestigious game since Stevenson's Jalen Brunson in 2015.

Maine West girls basketball star and Oregon commit Angela Dugalic was selected for the girls McDonald's game. Illinois native and former Morgan Park standout Nimari Burnett was also selected for the boys game. Burnett helped the Mustangs to a Class 3A state title as a freshman before moving to California for his last three seasons of high school basketball at Prolific Prep. 

While Illinois will have multiple local storylines in both McDonald's game, the 6-foot-2 Steward being included on the boys team is a big deal for a number of reasons.

For starters, Illinois has been without a boys McDonald's All-American since 2015. From the game's debut in 1978 until 2009, Illinois had at least one McDonald's All-American every year. In the past 11 years, Illinois has been held out of the McDonald's six times -- including the past four classes. The talent drought has been noticeable over the past several years. 

More importantly, the McDonald's distinction caps off an already stellar high school basketball career for Steward. His accomplishments already include a state finals appearance and two All-Area selections (with a third almost assuredly coming later this season). 

Starting his career at Fenwick the first two seasons, Steward earned Catholic League Player of the Year honors as only a sophomore. Now dominating in the Public League this season, Steward could also own the unique distinction of being perhaps the best player in both the Chicago Catholic League AND Public League during his four-year high school career.

By making the McDonald's game, Steward also follows in the footsteps of other Whitney Young legends like Jahlil Okafor (2014) and Quentin Richardson (1998). Steward will now forever be linked to those two first-round NBA Draft picks for the rest of his career. The only thing missing from Steward's profile at this point is an elusive IHSA state title -- something the other two captured their senior season.

While Steward's selection into the McDonald's game is an important personal accomplishment, it's also huge for the rest of the local high school season. It's no secret that Illinois high school basketball has been starving for big-name talent. The buzz for the state tournament has continued to die down in recent seasons. 

Star power like Steward, and Illinois commit Adam Miller, should draw more casual interest in the local high school basketball season down the stretch. Steward making the McDonald's game makes him an even bigger draw locally for casual fans. It's likely Whitney Young will play in front of a lot of fans as they travel in the state tournament in-part because of Steward's high-profile career. 

There is still plenty of basketball to be played the rest of the 2019-20 season. Steward has time to add to his legacy as Whitney Young prepares to play for a city and state championship. Even if Steward falls short of some personal goals, he'll always be remembered among the state's greats now that he's playing in the McDonald's game.