Chicagoland preps recruiting notebook

Chicagoland preps recruiting notebook
November 19, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Niles Notre Dame senior running back Chris James (5-foot-10, 208 pounds) ended his recruiting process when he gave Pitt his verbal commitment.

"I just felt like, if you know what you're doing and where you're going, there's no reason to hold out," James said. "I figured, what's the point of waiting? There's no reason to make everyone anxious and wondering about what you're going to do. what's the point of doing that when you know where you want to go? So I just went ahead and did it and committed to Pitt."

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James has narrowed his final list of schools to Pitt, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Michigan State before giving the Pitt Panthers his verbal commitment last last week.

Another standout running back for the Class of 2014 also gave his verbal commitment on Monday night. St. Francis senior running back James Butler (5-foot-9, 195 pounds) made a weekend official visit to Nevada and gave the Wolfpack his verbal commitment.

"I wasn't totally sure that going so far away was going to be what I wanted. What made my Mom and myself feel good about the school and the distance was the coaches, including my recruiting coach Lester Erb. Coach Erb has been recruiting me since I was a sophomore and he was at Iowa. I know that I'll be with good people at Nevada. I also got along great with the players and I feel at homer at Nevada. I trust the people at Nevada and so does my Mom."

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Plainfield South senior linebacker Clifton Garrett (6-foot-1, 222 pounds) has set one final official visit to LSU this Saturday when Tigers host Texas A&M. Garrett also has narrowed his list of favorites to four schools including LSU, Florida, Tennessee and Ole Miss. Garrett has already made official visits to three of his top four schools. Garrett is also expected to make his college choice at the US Army All American Bowl game in early January.

Crete-Monee senior linebacker Nyles Morgan (6-foot-1, 222 pounds) has also set two more official visits. Morgan, who has already visited Notre Dame and Ole Miss will take official visits to Florida (11/29/13) and also to Vanderbilt (1/24/2014). According to Morgan either Tennessee or Texas A&M could draw a fifth and final visit from Morgan.

Providence Catholic junior tight end Miles Boykin added his latest offer from Virginia Tech.

"Virginia Tech offered me as a wide receiver and a tight end," Boykin said. "The coaches told me no matter what happens they want me to move around and I could play either position for them."

Boykin now holds offers from Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Michigan State, Illinois, Western Michigan and Toledo. Boykin will make an unofficial visit to Notre Dame this weekend against BYU and Michigan State the following weekend when they host Minnesota.

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Bolingbrook senior defensive back Parrker Westphal (6-foot-1, 186 pounds) is planning two separate visits to Northwestern this month. Westphal is planning to make an unofficial visit this weekend when the Wildcats host Michigan State. Westphal will also return in two weeks for an official visit on December 6th. Westphal has narrowed his list of favorites to the Wildcats along with Michigan State and Vanderbilt.

Montini Catholic senior linebacker Nile Sykes (6-foot-1, 219 pounds) landed an offer from Notre Dame last Friday.

"I'm just really focused on the state playoffs right now," Sykes said. "Once the season is done I'll definitely get out to Notre Dame for a visit. It's a big offer and I'm pretty excited."