Crystal Lake Central three star ranked offensive guard Wyatt Blake (6-foot-4, 270 pounds) made his college decision public today. Blake gave Northwestern his verbal commitment at a press conference in the school's library. He had narrowed down his list of favorites to the Wildcats and Minnesota before naming Northwestern as his school of choice.
"It was everything," Blake said when asked why he pledged to Northwestern. "I knew that I wanted to play for Northwestern and I was ready (to commit)."
Blake is now the seventh overall verbal commitment and the fifth known in state commitment to the Wildcats Class of 2018. Blake joins Lincoln-Way East defensive end Devin O'Rourke, Libertyville three star ranked offensive linemen Charlie Schmidt, New Trier three star ranked tight end Brian Kaiser and Dunlap three star ranked tight end Charlie Mangieri as part of the Wildcats in-state class.
Blake pointed toward a recent recruit overnight on campus unofficial visit as a big factor in making his decision.
"My overnight visits was a big factor in my decision. I knew after that weekend that I was ready to commit. I was able to get a better feel for the school, the coaches and the team and I was able to get answers for all of my questions."
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Curie senior guard Maurice Commander ended his recruitment on Tuesday night by committing to UT Chattanooga on Twitter.
"I chose UT-Chattanooga, because deep down inside, I knew I could trust (new Mocs head coach Lamont) Paris and the staff," Commander said to CSN. "They believed in me from the jump! I know for a fact that I could go to war with this coaching staff."
The 6-foot-0 Commander was one of the area's best point guards and perimeter shooters last season as he helped Marist become a consistent presence in the CSN Preps Power Rankings.
Transferring to Public League powerhouse Curie this offseason, Commander made his presence immediately felt with the Condors this summer when he buried five first-half three-pointers against Simeon during June's annual Riverside-Brookfield Shootout.
Curie eventually went on to win the loaded summer event as they once again look like a major threat for a city and state championship this season with Commander as a major piece.
Commander selected UT Chattanooga over his other finalist, UC-Davis, as Paris is very familiar with recruiting the Chicagoland area.
A former assistant coach at Wisconsin since 2010 before taking the UT Chattanooga head job this spring, Paris recruited Illinois before for the Badgers as he is plenty familiar with the area.