Recruiting ramps up for Bolingbrook's Dashuan Mallory

Recruiting ramps up for Bolingbrook's Dashuan Mallory

Bolingbrook junior defensive tackle recruit Dashaun Mallory (6-foot-3, 270 pounds) could very well be on the verge of a big spring evaluation period recruiting breakout.

It's not like Mallory has been ignored by colleges so far. Mallory has added a half dozen scholarship offers from the likes of Iowa State, Wyoming, NIU and a handful of other Mid American Conference schools.

Yet when you are a quick, strong and highly athletic 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds plus defensive tackle with huge upside and potential, it's only a matter of time before the bigger boys come calling. Mallory made a recent visit to Michigan State and several other Power 5 schools are beginning to close in on Dashaun Mallory quickly.

I caught up with Dashaun Mallory at the 5th Annual Franklin Dodgeball Madness Tournament at Franklin Middle School in Wheaton. Proceeds from the tournament benefited the school, the DuPage Hundred Club, Team Red, White and Blue and The Pat Tillman Foundation. Watch the video above.

Recruiting news and notes: Fenwick's Mike O'Laughlin headed to West Virginia

Recruiting news and notes: Fenwick's Mike O'Laughlin headed to West Virginia

Fenwick junior tight end Mike O'Laughlin (6-foot-5, 215 pounds) went from landing a scholarship offer from West Virginia to giving the Mountaineers his verbal commitment in just over a week's time.

"Before I left for West Virginia last weekend I honestly had no plans on committing," O'Laughlin said. "The visit went as well as I could have wanted it to go. West Virginia is just a perfect fir for me in so many ways, so I committed."

O'Laughlin admitted that overall recruiting pressure from so many recruits played a factor in pushing forward his decision.

"These days, committing early is the process," he said. "I know that West Virginia had offers out to other tight ends and the fact that they hadn't added a commitment yet was a gift. After making my visit this weekend I was ready to make my decision. I already had a school who offered me, then a few days later took another kid's commitment. I was not going to let that happen at West Virginia."

Batavia junior offensive tackle Nolan Eike (6-foot-6, 260 pounds) gave Central Michigan his verbal commitment at last weekend's Chippewas spring game.

"I had it planned over the past week or two about committing," Eike said. "I had made three separate visits to Central Michigan already and I'm just very comfortable with Central Michigan. I was ready to make my decision and I feel great about it."

Eike, who was seeing a steady increase in his recruiting stock this spring didn't want to play the wait and see game during the ongoing spring evaluation period. 

"I really wasn't waiting around for any other offers or waiting for bigger schools to offer me. I had some good offers but I always found myself comparing them to Central Michigan. After a while, I was always trying to find places better than Central Michigan and why keep waiting when I knew where I wanted to play for already."

Last Sunday, Glenbrook North hosted the annual Under Armour Football Camp and two State of Illinois names added invitations to the 2018 Under Armour All American Bowl game in January. Lincoln-Way East four star ranked defensive end Devin O'Rourke (6-foot-6, 245 pounds) and Carterville three star ranked tight end Luke Ford (6-foot-7, 247 pounds) had standout camp performances on Sunday and will take place in the nationally televised all star game.

Bolingbrook junior three star ranked wide receiver I'Shawn Stewart (5-foot-11, 165 pounds) early on his his recruiting process talked about being committed by now, but at least for now Stewart has pushed back his time frame just a bit.

"I'm going to push it back a little," Stewart said at Sunday's Under Armour camp. "I'm looking at making a decision closer to the beginning of June right before the college camps start up."

Stewart, who earlier this week added his latest offer from Syracuse is "looking harder these days at Iowa, Michigan State, Illinois and Wisconsin."

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.

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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.