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.

33 Days to Kickoff: Shepard

33 Days to Kickoff: Shepard preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 1, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 26. You can view Edgy Tim's other football previews here.

School: Shepard

Head coach: Dom Passolano

Assistant Coaches: AJ Porter, Kris Korhonen, Chris Lewis, Ryan McGuire, Brad Sievers, Gary Korhonen, Brendan Meany, Clint Connelly, Joe Krawisz, Dan Ludwig, Todd Barham

How they fared in 2015: 5-5 (3-3 South Suburban Red). Shepard made the 2015 Class 5A state playoff field and lost to Sacred Heart Griffin in opening round action.

Biggest storyline in 2016: Can the Astros blast off into the state playoffs and make a run?

Names to watch this season: QB/ATH Jack Carberry, RB/S Demetrius Harrison

Biggest holes to fill: The Astros welcome back just one starting defensive linemen in senior Jamir Dunbar.

EDGY's Early Take: Look for Shepard to challenge for the South Suburban Red conference title this season. The Astros welcome back 12 starters this fall and several of those players are multi-year starters for head coach Dom Passolano.

White Sox conclude suspended game with Tigers on CSN

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Cubs have ‘all kinds of different lines in the water’ leading up to trade deadline

Cubs have ‘all kinds of different lines in the water’ leading up to trade deadline

MILWAUKEE – The White Sox would never trade Chris Sale to the North Side and give the Cubs this year’s potential American League Cy Young Award winner to pair with the National League’s reigning Cy Young Award winner (Jake Arrieta), the game’s most entertaining manager (Joe Maddon) and one of the most iconic venues in sports (Wrigley Field), making the biggest story in baseball ever bigger.

Silly season is already in full swing with reports that the White Sox sent Sale home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday…because their all-world pitcher cut up throwback jerseys he didn’t want the team to wear during his scheduled start against the Detroit Tigers.

You can’t make this stuff up. But it’s yet another reminder of what Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer predicted leading up to the Aug. 1 trade deadline: “Expect the unexpected.”   

By late Saturday night, Twitter buzzed about a Fox Sports report that the New York Yankees are telling teams that they will hold onto All-Star reliever Andrew Miller and are moving closer toward dealing 100-mph closer Aroldis Chapman.

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President of baseball operations Theo Epstein never likes to rule anything out, running a front office that keeps all options open. So expect to hear more rumors about the Cubs trying to engineer a deal for a controllable starting pitcher, canvassing the bullpen market and scouting rentals like Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick.

“All I know is that Theo and Jed really have all kinds of different lines in the water,” manager Joe Maddon said before a 6-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. “Like any of the GMs at this time of the year, they’re always going to look to make us better. So if something makes sense to these boys, I’m sure we’re considering it.”

It’s difficult to see Reddick or the offense being a priority or a focal point when the Cubs are so loaded with position players and have plenty of short- and long-term pitching issues. But the Epstein regime has already poured so much capital into their lineup, rebuilding the franchise around hitters. Why stop now?

Epstein has also hinted the Cubs could pivot in a bad market for starting pitching or if the prices for relievers become prohibitive.

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“Sometimes, if the marketplace makes it hard to improve a weakness,” Epstein said, “you can compensate for that by making an area of strength even stronger. That’s not necessarily the direction we’re going to go, but it could be.”

Reddick has Boston Red Sox roots, hits left-handed and will become a free agent after this season. The Cubs just welcomed back their leadoff guy (Dexter Fowler) and have a Gold Glove right fielder with a $184 million contract (Jason Heyward) and multiple options in left field (Kris Bryant, Ben Zobrist, Willson Contreras) plus Chris Coghlan (strained ribcage) and Jorge Soler (strained hamstring) rehabbing at Double-A Tennessee.

“‘CC’ last year was really big for us and we’re still waiting on George,” Maddon said. “I wouldn’t create conjecture for or against. I mean, it’s possible, it absolutely is. They are really hunkered down trying to figure out what’s best for us right now.

“They’re probably looking at us as two different teams versus righties and versus lefties and what we need in those particular moments. And: How far is George actually? I don’t think George is that far off, and I don’t think ‘CC’ is either. But regarding my conversations with (Theo and Jed), they are looking at a lot of different options.”