Just 14 days until football recruits from across the county can sign their Letter of Intent, and Chicagoland will ink one of its best and deepest classes in several years on Feb 5.
Over the next several days we'll take a look at some of the more pressing storylines in the Class of 2014.
So how does the upcoming Class rank overall?
So far I count 60 players who have given verbal commitment to D1 level schools, and we still have a few more weeks of official visits and decision to be made. Players such as De La Salle running back Mikale Wilbon and Danville defensive back Trent Sherfield, who both have reopened their recruiting after Vanderbilt lost head coach James Franklin to Penn State. Simeon offensive tackle Denzel Ward (Syracuse/South Florida) will no question add to the Class of 2014 total. One thing is always certain heading into Signing Day, and that is to expect some last minute drama.
Where does this class rank compared to say the past five recruiting classes?
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Recruits who have/will sign LOI for D1 level scholarships?
2014- 60 (70 estimated)
When you throw in the FCS level schools (formerly 1AA) the numbers stay pretty consistent.
2014- 100-110 (estimated)
The bottom line? The past few recruiting classes here in Illinois have been very solid and above average.
The not so good news? The Class of 2015 so far isn't shaping up to be a banner recruiting class, but more on that to follow.