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.

With Ben Zobrist sidelined by sore wrist, Cubs move Ian Happ to second base

With Ben Zobrist sidelined by sore wrist, Cubs move Ian Happ to second base

LOS ANGELES – The Cubs drafted and developed Ian Happ with the idea of turning him into a Ben Zobrist-type player who would move quickly through the farm system and surface as a versatile big-league contributor and/or legitimate trade chip.

With Zobrist sidelined because of a sore left wrist, the Cubs got their first look at Happ playing second base in The Show during Saturday’s 5-0 loss at Dodger Stadium. That kind of depth – plugging in a 2015 first-round pick while a World Series MVP rests – should ultimately propel the Cubs over the course of a 162-game season.

Even as the Cubs stutter-step through a 25-23 start, there are enough choices for the best defensive second baseman on the team and a National League Championship Series co-MVP (Javier Baez) to sit on the bench.

“We know that the talent’s there,” Zobrist said. “It’s not like having any one or two guys out of the lineup is a big drop-off for us because of the talent that’s there. And we know that just because we have a lot of young players doesn’t mean that they’re not extremely capable of doing the job as well.”

Zobrist – who’s reached base in 23 straight games and emerged as a new leadoff option with Kyle Schwarber struggling – felt something on an awkward swing in the first inning of Friday’s 4-0 loss to the Dodgers. Zobrist played through it that night and called it a “day-to-day thing” that didn’t require an MRI.

[MORE: Is Joe Maddon turning Kyle Schwarber into a platoon player?

Facing Clayton Kershaw on Sunday after back-to-back shutouts will be a game-time decision.

“It’s tough,” Zobrist said. “We just haven’t strung together enough quality at-bats to score runs the last two games. It’s not just because of us. They’ve pitched well. Their pitchers are pretty hot right now. They’ve spotted up. They’ve gotten early strikes where they needed to and then gone to work pretty well on us.

“The task doesn’t get any easier tomorrow with Kershaw. We just got to keep trying to chip away.”

Morning Update: White Sox officially announce signing of Luis Robert, split doubleheader

Morning Update: White Sox officially announce signing of Luis Robert, split doubleheader

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Saturday: 

Preview: Cubs look to avoid getting swept by Dodgers today on CSN

Preview: Knights look to bounce back tonight on CSN

White Sox courting of Luis Robert leads to 'Christmas in May'

Cubs blanked again by Dodgers

Tyler Danish gets win in first big league start as White Sox beat Tigers in first game of doubleheader

After getting shut down by Buck Farmer, White Sox ninth-inning rally falls short

Scott Boras fires back at Jake Arrieta’s critics and makes another Max Scherzer comparison

Blackhawks sign defenseman Michal Kempny to extension

Luis Robert will start journey through White Sox organization in Dominican Summer League

With Ben Zobrist sidelined by sore wrist, Cubs move Ian Happ to second base