Nat'l Signing Day: Chicago area commitments


Nat'l Signing Day: Chicago area commitments

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011
10:32 a.m.

Here's a list of the latest Chicago-area football commitments:

Air Force: Pat Bolger, Barrington, OG.

Amherst: Henry Falter, New Trier, TE.

Army: Taylor Andrews, Kaneland, DB; AJ Schurr, Libertyville, QB.

Augustana: CJ Watson, Glenbard West, WR.

Aurora: Zach Trisilla, St. Edward, OL.

Ball State: Horactio Banks, Simeon, RB; Jacolby Owens, Thornridge, WR.

Boston College: Dan Lembke, Providence, OT; Nick Lifka, Naperville North, LBDL; Victor Nelson, Maine South, OT.

Bowling Green: Zach Colvin, Minooka, DE; Fahn Cooper, Crystal Lake South, OT.

Butler: Matt Kersten, Montini, K.

Central Michigan: Titus Davis, Wheaton Warrenville South, WR; Cody Lopez, Plainfield North, LB; Blake Serpa, Kaneland, TEDE.

Chicago: Scott Southern, New Trier, LB.

Colorado State: Kapri Bibbs, Plainfield North, RB.

Columbia: Tom Callahan, Lyons, OT; Mike Skalitzky, Marist, RB.

Dayton: Devon Morgan, Waubonsie Valley, DE.

DePauw: Jack Montgomery, New Trier, LB.

Drake: Jeremy Burgos, Notre Dame, LB; John Hugunin, Oswego, LB; Eric Pachter, Naperville Central, OG.

Eastern Illinois: Shepard Little, Schaumburg, RB.

Eastern Michigan: Sean Cotton, Walther Lutheran, DB; Mark Iannotti, Schaumburg, QB; Demarius Reed, Simeon, CB; Tyreese Russell, Walther Lutheran, TE; Darius Scott, Simeon, CB.

Ferris State: Frank Colletti, Maine South, OG.

Fordham: DeAndre Slate, Lincoln-Way East, DT; Joe Mizera, Lincoln-Way East, C.

Harvard: Nick Burrello, Glenbard West, RB; Ben Falloon, Marist, K.

Illinois: Hayden Daniels, Naperville Central, WR; Tony Durkin, Andrew, C; Josh Ferguson, Joliet Catholic, RB; Pat Flavin, Benet, OT; Matt LaCosse, Naperville North, TE; Scott McDowell, Hinsdale Central, OT; Chris O'Connor, Andrew, DE; Reilly O'Toole, Wheaton Warrenville South, QB.

Illinois State: Zach Marshall, Glenbard West, DE; Dontae McCoy, Shepard, Pat Meehan, Lincoln-Way East, LB.

Indiana: Peyton Eckert, Prospect, OT.

Indianapolis: John Strickland, Glenbrook South, DB.

Indiana State: Randy Berryhill, Mount Carmel, DB; Theo Bradley, Bishop McNamara, WR; Gerrick Ratliff, De La Salle, DB; Mark Sewall, Lyons, DB; Victor Vernon, Providence, DL; Montrell Williams, Wheaton North, DE.
Iowa: Mikail McCall, Thornridge, RB; Jordan Walsh, Glenbard West, OG.

Kansas: Luke Luhrsen, Wheaton Warrenville South, OG.

McKendree: Eric Dickson, Simeon, DB.

Miami (Ohio): Zach Lewis, Prospect, OT.

Michigan: Christian Bryant, Simeon, OT.

Michigan State: Jack Allen, Hinsdale Central, C.

Middlebury: Thomas Merriman, New Trier, DB.

Minnesota State: Connor Thomas, Notre Dame, DB.

North Central: Mark Vear, Glenbrook South, DB.

North Dakota State: Josh Lisenby, De La Salle, DE; Nick Scoliere, Marmion, DL.

Northwood: Devonte Elzy, Simeon, WR; Brad Oxnevad, OLDL. Oak Park.

Notre Dame: DaVaris Daniels, Vernon Hills, WR.

Northern Illinois: Aidan Conlon, Homewood-Flossmoor, OG; Jimmy Kapolnek, St. Patrick, TE; Taylor Zalewski, Sandburg, K.
North Park: John Morales, Glenbard West, DT; Rasheen Lemon, Proviso West, DB.

Northwestern: Matt Frazier, Bishop McNamara, OL; Jack Konopka, Fremd, OL; Mark Szott, Waubonsie Valley, TE; Jarrell Williams, Richards, DB.
Ohio: Michael Lucas, St. Patrick, C.

Ohio State: Brian Bobek, Fremd, C; Evan Daniels, Vernon Hills, DBWR.

Penn: Mike Laning, Glenbard West, DB; Cole Stern, Highland Park, WR.

Purdue: Michael Rouse, Homewood-Flossmoor, DT.

South Dakota: Nick Meyer, Elk Grove, QB.

South Dakota State: TJ Lally, Marmion, LB.

Southeast Missouri State: George Neuhaus, Niles North, OL.

St. Joseph (Vt.): Tyler Callaghan, Kaneland, WR.
St. Xavier: JD Barchard, Crystal Lake South, DL; Clayton Fejedelem, Lemont, DB; Tyler Hoeg, Minooka, DB; Alex Kolodziej, Joliet Catholic, WR; Frank Markasovic, Providence, OL; Jason Spencer, Glenbard North, WR.

Toledo: Paul Wisniewski, Glenbard North, OT.

Valparaiso: Ben Lehman, St. Edward, QB.

Vanderbilt: Jake Bernstein, Crystal Lake South, OG.
Western Illinois: Kevin Kintzel, Lincoln-Way West, DB; JJ Raffelson, Lake Zurich, LB; Demetrius Simpson, Simeon, DE; Sean Sullivan, Maine South, NG; Luke Venegoni, Carmel, LB.

Western Kentucky: Tim Gorski, St. Rita, TE; Dimitri Johnson, Thornridge, DE.

Western Michigan: James Kristof, Barrington, OG.

Wheaton: Mark Hiben, Glenbard West, WR.

Wisconsin: James Adeyanju, Curie, DE.
Wisconsin-Platteville: Matt Anzelc, Yorkville, OT; Jake Meyer, Elgin, QBP.
Wisconsin-Whitewater: Justin Mesch, Glenbard West, LB; Cody Weaver, Providence, RB.

Wyoming: Rafe Kiely, Wheaton North, OG; Adam Pittser, Richmond-Burton, QB.

Yale: Ben Carbery, Oak Park, OT; Jeff Schmittgens, Benet, DE.

Preview: Cubs, Pirates do battle Monday night on CSN


Preview: Cubs, Pirates do battle Monday night on CSN

The Cubs take on the Pirates on Monday night, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies live from Pittsburgh for first pitch at 6 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.

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Road Ahead: Tough tests for Cubs with Pirates, Nationals looming


Road Ahead: Tough tests for Cubs with Pirates, Nationals looming

CSN's Kip Lewis and Tony Andracki talk about the big tests the Cubs have this week against the Pirates in Pittsburgh and then against the Washington Nationals back at Wrigley Field in this week's edition of the Honda Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Honda dealers.

The Cubs head to PNC Park for the first time since Jake Arrieta shut down the Pirates in the one-game wild card playoff last October. Only this time, the Cubs will have to get to Gerrit Cole and Co. without Kyle Schwarber, who drove in three runs in that game.

The Pirates are one of the hottest teams in baseball entering the series having won six of seven (with Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds breaking up the winning streak). 

After Cole in the series opener on Comcast SportsNet on Monday night, the Bucs trot out Jonathan Niese on Tuesday and Juan Nicasio on Wednesday (also on CSN).

The Cubs counter with Jason Hammel, Arrieta and Jon Lester in the three-game series. That trio has combined to allow just 13 earned runs in 94 1/3 innings this season, good for a ridiculous 1.24 ERA.

The Cubs then welcome the Nationals to town Thursday night for the start of a four-game series with Bryce Harper and Co.

Draft hellos and Sunday farewells on CSN's 'Draft Central'


Draft hellos and Sunday farewells on CSN's 'Draft Central'

What was handwriting on the wall became official pink slips Sunday for two veterans regarded as leaders during the bumpy first-year regime of Ryan Pace and John Fox. The general manager and head coach, though, are all business when it comes to what’s turned into a high-speed turnover of their roster.

Safety Antrell Rolle and guard Matt Slauson were released early Sunday evening. Both had already hit the dreaded 30-year-old mark, but neither was sabotaging the team’s salary cap situation. Rolle, in fact, had used up all his guaranteed money following a disappointing first year of a three-year deal. He was limited to just seven games in his debut Bears season, but even when he was on the field, his struggles appeared to offset what leadership he might have brought to the defense. Slauson, on the other hand, was a savior on a taped-together offensive line that first moved Kyle Long to right tackle the week before the regular season, lost left tackle Jermon Bushrod to a back injury, lost center Will Montgomery to a broken lower leg in Week 4 and got substandard play at right guard from Vladimir Ducasse and Patrick Omameh. After his own injury-shortened 2014, Slauson was the glue in 2015. But whispers about his lack of athleticism at this stage of his career followed the signings of veterans Manny Ramirez and Ted Larsen in free agency, and Friday’s second-round selection of Cody Whitehair turned up the volume in that rumor mill.

There’s been no indication from Pace, Alshon Jeffery, Long or the agents of those players that these moves coincide with long-term contract extensions for both, which can be front-loaded with guaranteed money given the Bears’ comfortable salary cap situation right now. It would certainly provide a better clue but won’t necessarily wind up being the answer. Conspiracy theorists will say the team will try to extend Long at guard money before switching him to the more lucrative right tackle position. But all of Long’s public comments since the signing of free agent right tackle Bobby Massie point toward a desire to stay put. Pace’s reluctance to clarify that over the weekend provides the sense yet another move for Long could be coming — like it or not, kid.

This is the crossroads draft for Pace’s long-term vision. The much-debated selection of Leonard Floyd outside of Halas Hall is met with a swagger inside that the coaching staff will make him well worth the No. 9 overall pick and that he won’t be the next Shea McClellin. It’s a confident group inside the Hall’s walls right now. Now the hard part: putting their belief into results on the field. Or maybe they think the hard part already took place the past two months in acquiring the pieces they have and that the next part will just happen.

We’ll have much more on the Sunday moves, as well as those from Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m. tonight on Comcast SportsNet's hour-long edition of "SportsNet Central: Draft Central." Jim Miller, Dave Wannstedt and Pro Football Weekly’s Hub Arkush join me in studio to further discuss the draft picks and the moves that followed.