The college football spring recruiting evaluation period is now in full swing, and with just a little more than two weeks left, here are five Class of 2015 players who have seen their recruiting stock bloom.
Omari Stringer, athlete, Crete-Monee. Stringer, who plays safety for head coach John Konecki and the Warriors, has 11 scholarship offers so far with a large amount of those offers coming in over the past few weeks. Missouri and Minnesota made recent in-school visits to see Stringer work out, and verbal offers from both schools came hours later. So which position did the Tigers and Gophers plan on Stringer playing in college? "Minnesota and Missouri are recruiting me as a freak like every other school," Stringer said. "I'm at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds right now, and schools feel that I can get bigger and stronger at the college level. Some schools see me as a safety, some as a linebacker, and others see me eventually being a defensive end type."
Wesley Annan, defensive end, Lake Forest Academy. Annan, who originally hails from Toronto, Canada, is the next D-I football recruit from the home of the Caxys. Annan had a terrific Chicagoland Rivals Camp performance, and now has a over a dozen offers, with such schools as Maryland and Syracuse extending offers over the past week. Big, quick and athletic, Annan is a rare Class of 2015 defensive tackle who can move.
Adam Lemke-Bell, offensive tackle, Oak Park-River Forest. Lemke-Bell is a heavyweight wrestler who also has an offensive tackle body type with the physical upside to become a 300-pound-plus linemen at the college level. Lemke-Bell has added offers from 15 schools so far this spring, with Syracuse, Cincinnati and Iowa State as headliners. On Wednesday, he added his first Big Ten offer from Minnesota. Expect more Big Ten schools to evaluate Lemke-Bell hard over the next two weeks.
Cody Conway, offensive tackle, Plainfield North. Conway has offers so far from Illinois, Syracuse, UConn, Rutgers, Central Michigan and Nevada. Yet with the lack of true offensive tackle body types in the Class of 2015, head coach Tim Kane and Plainfield North have hosted a ton of college coaches from across the Midwest this spring. Look for more Big Ten schools in particular to get involved sooner rather than later.
Billy Bahl, quarterback, Marian Central Catholic. Bahl now has eight scholarship offers, including seven offers from Mid American Conference schools. So how good is Bahl? Per one ACC coach and Chicagoland recruiter, "We aren't planning to take a quarterback in this class, but I'm working on getting him an offer. I have no questions that he is the best quarterback in Illinois in this class hands down."