St. Rita senior running back recruit Tommy Mister flipped his verbal commitment from Iowa State to Indiana over the weekend. Mister had been committed to Iowa State until the Cyclones fired both its offensive coordinator and running backs coach and that moved opened the door for the Hoosiers.
"Once Iowa State changed coaches I felt that I needed to look at my options again." Mister said. "Once I took the time to really look into Indiana it was just a great fit for me on several levels. I had a great official visit to Indian and I pretty much knew I was ready to commit to the Hoosiers."
Mister will now be mentored by another south suburban area standout in former Oak Forest and current Indiana standout running back Tevin Coleman.
"Both Tevin (Coleman) and Stephen Houston are great running backs and I can learn a lot from them. Tevin could of ran for over 1,000 yards if he didn't get hurt during the season. Indian also runs the ball as much as anyone and it's a great offense for me."
DeLeSalle senior running back Mikale Wilbon also reopened his recruiting process when Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin left for Penn State. Wilbon made an official visit this past weekend to Nebraska.
"I meshed well with the people at Nebraska including the coaches and the players," he said. "The facilities were great. I just had a great time overall."
Wilbon is also planning at least one more official visit to Missouri this coming weekend and plans to announce his decision on Signing Day on February 5th.
Simeon senior offensive tackle Denzel Ward made a weekend official visit to Syracuse and has narrowed his list down to either the Orange or South Florida. Ward is also planning to announce his final school choice on Signing Day.
South Dakota landed a pair of standout from Oak Lawn Richards when both wide receiver Tacari Carpenter and defensive back Dylan Jiles made a weekend visit and came home verbally committed to the Coyotes.
"South Dakota recruited me the hardest," Carpenter said. "It's a great area an the entire state supports Coyotes football. It's a good situation for means a great fit."
"Having Tacari (Carpenter) also on board was a factor," Jiles said. "It will be great to have someone I know so well on campus with me next fall."
Kaneland senior defensive tackle Justin Diddell also gave Indiana State a verbal commitment. Diddell was down to weather the Sycamores or North Dakota as his final two schools.
Monday is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and is also when the 4th annual Core 6 Athletes Showcase will be held at Westmont Yard in Westmont. This annual showcase event will feature several top Class of 2015 and 2016 prospects in attendance and this event draws national coverage and interest.