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Breaking: Northwestern adds another in-state pledge

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Breaking: Northwestern adds another in-state pledge

It didn't take Wheaton North junior outside linebacker Xander Mueller (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) long to give the Northwestern coaching staff his verbal commitment today. Mueller — whose older brother (junior linebacker Erik Mueller) is already on the Wildcats roster — attended the Wildcats final spring practice today. He picked up a scholarship offer and then gave head coach Pat Fitzgerald his verbal commitment on the spot. 

"I didn't expect it (adding a Northwestern offer) and I was very surprised," Mueller said. "Northwestern is the place for me because of the incredible academics, the location, having my brother already on the team and the amazing coaching staff and football program. I'm super happy."

Mueller is the second in-state name for the Wildcats and the seventh known verbal commitment for the Northwestern Class of 2020. Mueller joins Lake Zurich tight end Hunter Welcing (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) as the Wildcats in state commitments so far in the 2020 class. 

Mueller was also the Wildcats second overall verbal commitment today as Groveport (Ohio) Madison three star ranked offensive guard TeRah Edwards (6-foot-3, 295 pounds) also committed to the Wildcats after today's final spring practice. 

Edgy Tim: recruiting news and notes

Edgy Tim: recruiting news and notes

Lake Forest junior four star-ranked defensive end Rylie Mills is getting closer to making a college decision. Mills has now set up multiple official visits-- the first of which will be this weekend at Notre Dame. 

"I have three official visits set up," Mills said. "I'm going to take an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend. I'm then heading to Wisconsin the following weekend for another official visit. I also just set up my third official visit to Ohio State on April 26th."

So what factors is Mills looking for in a potential school when he makes an official visit? 

"I'm looking to see just how well I fit in with the players on my visits. Fitting in and feeling comfortable with the guys is very important to me. I also want to get a real life experience of what a student athlete's day is like and just experience a typical day. I also want to talk with the coaches and also find out how I fit in with that defense and what my roles will be on the team."

Lincoln-Way East four star-ranked wide receiver A.J. Henning (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) spent his spring break on the road in SEC/ACC territory, taking in several college visits. Henning was able to make on-campus unofficial visits to Georgia, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Alabama and Louisville. He was able to add an offer from Georgia to his already-loaded offer sheet. Look for Henning to make a return visit to Illinois this upcoming weekend.

Marian Central Catholic junior offensive lineman recruit Jayden Thiergood (6-foot-3, 265 pounds) was able to add his second scholarship offer this past weekend after a visit to Central Michigan. 

"I went to Central Michigan for a junior day and that's when they offered me," Thiergood said. "The coaches at CMU really wanted me to visit so I was hoping they would offer me and they did but it was still a nice surprise."

Thiergood, whose first offer came from Kent State, is also drawing recruiting attention from Army, Western Michigan, South Dakota and Lehigh. 

Lincoln-Way East junior three star-ranked defensive end Sean McLaughlin (6-foot-7, 230 pounds) has been on a recruiting roll over the past few months-- a roll that's included several new scholarship offers from the Big Ten conference. 

"I've been picking up quite a few {Big Ten offers} lately," McLaughlin said. "I just added my latest offer from Indiana this past weekend. I've also added recent offers from Minnesota, Illinois and Northwestern so my recruiting has been going pretty great."

McLaughlin, who's a three sport athlete (football/basketball/baseball) at Lincoln-Way East, has been limited in getting out to visit colleges this spring but has a few upcoming visits in mind. 

"It's been hard to fit visits into my schedule because of baseball season but I do plan to visit Minnesota this weekend. It's going to be a quick one day visit because I need to then head over to Milwaukee and play AAU basketball with my team in a tournament."

Recruiting: Kaliakmanis twins commit to Minnesota

Recruiting: Kaliakmanis twins commit to Minnesota

The Twin Cities just got a dose of…twins.

Antioch sophomore QB Athan Kaliakmanis (6-foot-3, 185 pounds) and his twin brother wide receiver Dino Kaliakmanis (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) both gave the Golden Gophers and head coach P.J. Fleck a verbal commitment Wednesday. They made an unofficial visit to Minnesota and announced the decision on their Twitter accounts.

"Minnesota just felt like home right away," Athan Kaliakmanis said. "I got along great with the coaches at Minnesota. I definitely want to be a part of what Coach (P.J.) Fleck is building up there."

Athan Kaliakmanis had been drawing several scholarship offers from several Power Five schools including Iowa, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. His twin brother Dino was also seeing an increase in his recruiting stock this spring.