Seems that Crete-Monee 2014 four-star ranked linebacker Nyles Morgan (6-foot-1, 222 pounds) found a pot of gold earlier this week. Notre Dame has found a unique way of catching the attention of it's remaining Class of 2014 uncommitted recruits, Morgan included. Notre Dame sent 477 separate pieces of mail to Morgan all on the same day, with the 477 letters representing the amount of Notre Dame players who have been taken in the NFL Draft.
Morgan also seems to be a lean to the Irish at this stage while Vanderbilt and Ole Miss are still in the picture. Morgan did take official visits to Notre Dame and Ole Miss yet has not officially visited Vanderbilt. Morgan will announce his college decision at the US Army All American Bowl Game on January 4.
The story of the Illinois Class of 2014 seems to be the strong showing for the Southeastern Conference. The SEC now has verbal commitments from six of the Top 20 ranked recruits in the State of Illinois Top 45 Class of 2014 rankings. Vanderbilt also has a shot at adding two more Illinois recruits in Nyles Morgan from Crete-Monee along with Bolingbrook DB Parrker Westphal.
Kaneland 2014 OG Joe Komel (6-foot-3, 282 pounds) went from no major D1 scholarship offers to being committed to Central Michigan within hours last Saturday. The Chippewas staff picked up late on Komel after seeing his impressive 2013 season video, made an in school visit last Tuesday, offered Komel last Saturday morning and Komel then committed to CMU on Saturday afternoon.
"I always wanted to play in the MAC and this is my chance," Komel said. "I know that it's a quick decision but it's one I was ready to make. The CMU coaches made an in school visit earlier last week and said they would let me know by last Saturday whether they would offer me or not. Once they offered me Saturday morning I knew I had to commit."
Joliet Catholic had a handful of it's players make college decision this past week. Last Saturday, All State running back Mike Ivlow (5-foot-9, 200 pounds) ended his recruiting process and gave NAIA power St. Xavier his commitment along with JCA offensive linemen Jalen Hansel and Justin Hunter.
"I'm done," Ivlow said. "I decided to attend St. Xavier (NAIA) and I already signed my commitment letter. I just couldn't pass up the chance to play for a great coach (Mike Feminis) and a winning program. I'm very happy and so is my family."
Joliet Catholic senior OG J.B. Butler (6-foot-2, 280 pounds) also ended his recruiting process and accepted a preferred walk-on spot with Northwestern. Butler had scholarship offers from several FCS level schools including Western Illinois.
Also Joliet Catholic senior inside linebacker Zach Rezin (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) gave FCS level Bryant University in Rhode Island his verbal commitment.
St. Rita senior athlete recruit Tommy Mister (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) who has been verbally committed to Iowa State since July, took an official visit to Indiana this past weekend. Iowa State fired it's offensive coordinator and running backs coach and those changes has Mister looking at his options again.
"I'm still committed (Iowa State) but I also feel like I need to know who I'm playing for and I just don't know that right now. I'd like to know what type of offense the new offensive coordinator will run and if it's a good fit for me. I love Iowa State but the coaches talk all the time about this being a business. When Iowa State fired those coaches you then realize it's a business. I also have to treat this like a business and I need to know all of the facts before I make a final decision."
Mister will take an official visit to Iowa State on Jan. 24 and is also considering an official visit to Michigan State along with Syracuse.
Gordon Tech junior defensive linemen recruit Raequan Williams (6-foot-6, 280 pounds) added his first scholarship offer from Western Michigan.
"Western Michigan offered me the other day," Williams said. "I was excited. All you need is one to play in college. It has motivated me to get more."
Williams has interest from several Big Ten schools along with Notre Dame.