High School Lites roundup: Week 16

High School Lites roundup: Week 16

The last weekend of IHSA playoff hoops was absolutely thrilling, as the Class 3A-4A state champions were crowned. Follow CSNPreps year round for the latest scores, analysis and news. 

ROUNDUP

Whitney Young gets revenge on Simeon, wins Class 4A crown

Morgan Park rallies to beat Fenwick in overtime for Class 3A crown

Highlights: Whitney Young knocks off Simeon for Class 4A title

Highlights: Morgan Park pulls off epic comeback to beat Fenwick in Class 3A championship

IHSA Class 3A trophy ceremony

IHSA Class 4A trophy ceremony

Highlights: Bolingbrook edges Fremd for third place in Class 3A

Bolingbrook edges Fremd in 4A consolation game

Players, coaches talk Whitney Young's revenge win

Whitney Young's Javon Freeman soars for sick dunk 

Morgan Park's Nick Irvin, Nimari Burnett talk state championship win

Highlights: Bloomington beats Lanphier in Class 3A consolation game

In the Gym at EFT: Dexafit body fat testing

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Dannie Smith

Crowning champions in Battle of the Fans

Top plays from wild IHSA basketball season

Highlights: New Trier wins Blackhawk Cup over Providence

Phillips defensive tackle Queneil Morrison commits to NIU

Phillips defensive tackle Queneil Morrison commits to NIU

Phillips junior defensive tackle recruit Queneil Morrison (6-foot-2, 300 pounds) gave Northern Illinois University his verbal commitment Saturday afternoon. Morrison, who is in DeKalb attending the Huskies spring game, told head coach Rod Carey his decision.

"I committed to NIU," Morrison said. "I just like NIU and it's a good school and a good program. I also really like the people at NIU and it's feel like a great place fort me."

Morrison, who had offers from Toledo and Bowling Green, was starting to draw increased recruiting looks from several FBS schools this spring.

[RELATED: Preps Recruiting News and Notes - Tuscola's Hunter Woodard headed to Oklahoma State]

Why commit this early to the NIU Huskies?

"I just really like NIU and I also didn't want to lose my opportunity that I have at NIU by waiting too long," Morrison said.

Morrison is now the fourth in-state verbal commitment to the Huskies' 2018 Class, joining Andrew defensive end Mike DeHaan, Plainfield East defensive end Jack Sullivan and Maine South running back Fotis Kokosioulis. Earlier this week, Danville junior offensive tackle Julian Pearl (6-foot-7, 245 pounds), who was the first 2018 commitment for the Huskies, backed out and gave Illinois his commitment after he was offered a scholarship earlier this week.

Glenbard North DB Tyrik Henderson verbally commits to Minnesota

Glenbard North DB Tyrik Henderson verbally commits to Minnesota

Glenbard North three-star ranked defensive back Tyrik Henderson (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) has given Minnesota and head coach PJ Fleck his verbal commitment.

"The culture that Coach Fleck is bringing to Minnesota is something that fits me as a player and as a young man growing up in this world," Henderson told Rivals.com's Midwest Recruiting Expert Josh Helmholdt. "Coach Fleck will not only teach me the game but he and his staff will teach me the way of (life) and how to succeed the right way.

"I know it's a little ways away from home but we have more than enough close family in Minnesota and my parents still wouldn't miss a beat when coming up for games. Minnesota is on the rise and I'm not missing this Boat, it's my time to hop on and get Rowing. Ski-U-Mah."

Henderson is now the Gopher second known State of Illinois verbal commitment in the Class of 2018 and the eleventh verbal commitment overall. Henderson joins Marist three-star ranked defensive tackle Elijah Teague who gave Minnesota his verbal commitment back in late February.

Henderson's decision is yet another example of recruits giving earlier and earlier verbal commitments. Out of the Rivals.com's Post-Season Class of 2018 State of Illinois Top 25 recruit rankings 11 of the top 12 ranked players are already verbally committed.