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St. Charles East offensive lineman pledges to Wisconsin


St. Charles East offensive lineman pledges to Wisconsin

St. Charles East three-star ranked junior offensive tackle Dylan Barrett (6-foot-5, 285 pounds) made a Saturday game day visit to see the Badgers beat Nebraska and this evening decided to give the Badgers his verbal commitment.

"I've always liked Wisconsin going back to when I was a young age," Barrett said. "After making several different visits to Wisconsin I just felt more and more of a connection to them. I visited the Wisconsin game day on Saturday and that really sealed the deal for me. Wisconsin has a great atmosphere, great coaches and it's just the right fit for me."

Barrett, who was also holding 13 early verbal scholarship offers from the likes of Northwestern, Illinois, Iowa, Purdue and Missouri felt he was ready to end his recruiting process on Monday night.

"Wisconsin has always been my top choice," Barrett said. "I was able to add a lot of great offers and great opportunities but everything about Wisconsin just took my breathe away."

Barrett also realizes that he won't be able to sign a Letter of Intent to Wisconsin until early December of 2019, yet that didn't deter his decision.

"I didn't feel any pressure to commit this early to be honest," he said. "I just got that feeling that it was the right time and that I was ready to give Wisconsin my commitment. I just felt that I was ready and needed to make my decision and my commitment. Everyone is just really excited for me."

Simeon defensive back Chau Smith commits to Wyoming

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Simeon defensive back Chau Smith commits to Wyoming

Simeon senior three-star ranked defensive back recruit Chau Smith (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) decided today to end his recruiting process and give the University of Wyoming his verbal commitment. Smith discusses his college decision here.

"I'm really happy about my decision," Smith said. "I had a great visit this weekend to Wyoming and the visit really sealed the deal for me."

Smith, who had recently narrowed his top schools list to the Cowboys along with Toledo, NIU, Colorado State and Temple, filled us in on what stood out to him on his weekend official visit to Wyoming.

"The coaching staff at Wyoming is great," Smith said. "Coach Rich (John Richardson) is nothing less than real and I can't emphasize that enough. I also know that head coach (Craig) Bohl has my best interest at heart. He has made a commitment to me that I will leave Laramie with my college degree. My family loves that and they also loved it at Wyoming and I loved it at Wyoming. Just the whole vibe at Wyoming is great and I feel I will be pushed to become a greater player and that the coaches will push me to do great things."

Earlier in the week Smith had no official visit plans set. He decided at the last minute to take an official visit to Wyoming.

High School Lites Week 2 basketball roundup


High School Lites Week 2 basketball roundup

High School Lites featured plenty of great basketball action on Friday night as NBC Sports Chicago had highlights of many of the area's top matchups.

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Windy City Legends: Kendrick Nunn

Team of the Week: Catalyst Maria Soccer

Athlete of the Week: Halle Douglass

Friday's scores:

Stevenson 57, Zion-Benton 44

No. 8 Evanston 50, New Trier 40

Homewood-Flossmoor 63, Lincoln-Way Central 31

No. 14 Thornton 58, Rich Central 34

No. 4 Whitney Young 56, No. 11 Lincoln Park 50

Loyola 34, Notre Dame 31

Homewood-Flossmoor 63, Lincoln-Way Central 31

Francis W. Parker 55, Latin 47

GIRLS: Evanston 59, New Trier 33


Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week

Mather 61, Foreman 57