St. Francis' Bosch commits to Michigan

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St. Francis' Bosch commits to Michigan

Kyle Bosch, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive lineman from Wheaton St. Francis, has become the first member of what is being characterized as one of the most talented classes in the history of high school football in Illinois to make an oral commitment.

During a campus visit on Saturday, Bosch announced he will attend Michigan. He had 23 scholarship offers, including Alabama, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Stanford, Nebraska, Michigan State, Iowa, Missouri, Miami, Illinois and Northwestern. In the end, he said, he chose Michigan over Michigan State and Stanford.

"It felt so right," Bosch said. "I visited several schools and I was all over the place. The recruiting began to be a little overwhelming. It was time to make a decision. I had to put my foot down. I finally decided that I wanted to be a Michigan Man.

"The coaches, staff, academics, football, tradition, everything they have to offer. I didn't get that gut feeling anywhere else in the country. In the end, it came down to academics. It just felt so right. I'm so excited to be a Michigan Wolverine. I couldn't see myself going anywhere else."

"Michigan did the best job of recruiting him," said recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network. "He is a legitimate four-star plus player. He is consistent, athletic, versatile, technically sound and has great feet. He impressed everyone when he went their college camps."

Bosch was recruited by Michigan receivers coach Jeff Hecklinski, a former quarterback at Palatine who was USA Today's Player of the Year in 1992, and offensive line coach Darrell Funk, who made 17 visits to Wheaton St. Francis over the past year.

"They have recruited Bosch for a year," Lemming said. "Why did he decide to commit so early? He got overwhelmed. There was a lot of pressure on him. He committed to a school while attending an event. But I don't think anyone would say that he made a bad decision. He is a Big 10 player."

Bosch is the first member of the class of 2013 in Illinois to made a commitment. Curiously, he is one of three nationally ranked offensive linemen from the state to be offered by Michigan. The others are Lemont's Ethan Pocic and Peoria Manual's Logan Tuley-Tillman, who has made five visits to the Ann Arbor campus.

Lemming ranks Bosch as one of the top five prospects in the Chicago area. He is ranked No. 44 in the country by one recruiting service and No. 60 by another. One service compared him to former Michigan All-American tackle Jeff Backus. Bosch already has been invited to participate in the second annual Semper Fidelis all-star football game next January in Phoenix,
Arizona.

A year ago, Lemming called Bosch "the best sophomore lineman he had seen since Chance Carter," the former Loyola star who currently is at Northwestern. Lemming and long-time observers of high school football in Illinois said Bosch, as a freshman, was the best young prospect since Evanston's Howard Jones.

"He is the best young offensive lineman I've had in 30 years," said Wheaton St. Francis coach Greg Purnell. "He has the most big-time potential of anyone I've seen. He has an intensity level that I have never seen in a big guy. He plays with an edge. He can play on Sunday."

At the Junior Rank camp in Chicago in January, recruiting analyst Allen Trieu of Scout said Bosch stood out among all underclass linemen. "He is ahead of the curve and really impressive. He has excellent technique, is strong and plays mean and physical," Trieu said.

Recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt of Rivals said Bosch "stood out because he is well ahead of his years technically." He reportedly went undefeated in one-on-one pass blocking drills at the Junior Rank camp.

Hecklinski and Funk liked what they saw early on. Michigan extended an offer last October. Bosch visited the campus in September for the MichiganNotre Dame game and was very impressed with what he experienced.

"Ann Arbor is beautiful," he said at the time. "Their academics are among the best in the country."

Bosch isn't the only Illinois product that Michigan is recruiting. Pocic, Tuley-Tillman, running back Ty Isaac of Joliet Catholic and wide receiver LaQuon Treadwell of Crete-Monee also have been offered.

Isaac, Illinois' Player of the Year in 2011, has more than 20 offers, including Michigan, Ohio State, USC, Auburn, Tennessee, Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Iowa and Arkansas.

White Sox Top Prospects: Zack Burdi thriving in minors

White Sox Top Prospects: Zack Burdi thriving in minors

Zack Burdi hasn't been in the White Sox organization for long, but he's certainly showing why the club drafted him with the 26th pick in this year's draft.

The 21-year-old pitcher is thriving in the minors with a little over two months in to his professional career. Burdi worked his way through four affiliates and is currently in Triple-A Charlotte.

In 22 games and 31.1 innings pitched over four levels, Burdi has a 2.90 ERA with 46 strikeouts and 13 walks. In addition, the Illinois native hasn't allowed a run in the last 18.1 innings pitched with Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.

"One of the things we want Zack to work on is his consistency with his delivery out of the stretch," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said on Thursday. "The only problem is he’s not allowing any baserunners on, so he’s not really having a lot of opportunity to work on that. We are going to tell him to put more guys on.

"But no, in all seriousness a lot has already been thrown at this kid and he’s responded essentially to every outing, with the exception of the first one at Birmingham was rough. It’s been a lot about the consistency of his delivery and fastball command and fairly simplistic stuff that he’s taken to very quickly and he’s got a world of ability."

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Burdi was rated as the No. 21 best prospect in Baseball America's top 500 prospects prior to the draft.

Before joining the White Sox in June, Burdi finished off his collegiate career at Louisville. He was named to the All-ACC First Team, USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and Third Team Louisville Slugger All-America.

White Sox trade catcher Dioner Navarro to Blue Jays

White Sox trade catcher Dioner Navarro to Blue Jays

The White Sox made room for the return of veteran catcher Alex Avila by trading Dioner Navarro to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

The club activated Avila off the 15-day disabled list and acquired left-handed minor league pitcher Colton Turner in exchange for Navarro, who spent the previous two seasons with the Blue Jays. Turner, who has a combined 1.33 ERA in 44 minor league games this season, has been assigned to Double-A Birmingham.

Navarro hit .210/.267/.339 with six home runs and 32 RBIs in 298 plate appearances this season.

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Avila, who has been on the disabled list since July 5 with a strained hamstring, went 7-for-11 with a home run and two walks on his assignment. He caught 12 innings during his rehab, including seven on Thursday.

“I’m ready to go,” Avila said.

The team has been happy with how rookie catcher Omar Narvaez has performed since he joined the club in July when Avila went on the DL. Narvaez has an .831 OPS in 43 plate appearances this season.

“I know Omar, with him being here and doing what he’s doing, you want him to get a little more of the shot of being able to play,” Ventura said. “I think he’s worked his way into that.”

Luis Solignac wins MLS Goal of the Week for opener in Montreal

Luis Solignac wins MLS Goal of the Week for opener in Montreal

Luis Solignac has made a big difference to the Chicago Fire’s attack since joining the team in early August.

On Friday, the Argentine forward added an award to show for his impact on the team. He won MLS Goal of the Week for his opening goal in the 3-0 win at Montreal on Aug. 20.

The curling goal from Solignac was his first in a Fire uniform. He also drew a penalty kick, which David Accam converted, in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy.

In Solignac’s 312 minutes, nearly three and a half games, the Fire have scored seven goals. Not bad considering the Fire were averaging less than a goal per game before Solignac’s arrival.