Preps recruiting roundup: Commitments starting to roll in

Preps recruiting roundup: Commitments starting to roll in
October 8, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Chicago De La Salle senior offensive tackle recruit Aaron Roberts (6-foot-6, 295 pounds) ended a few months of speculation and gave Syracuse his verbal commitment this past weekend while on his official visit.

"I picked Syracuse because I felt the most comfortable here," Roberts said. "It feels like a big family here."

Roberts is the third De La Salle Meteor to give a verbal commitment so far this season. Roberts (Syracuse) is joined by senior offensive lineman and four-star recruit Jamarco Jones (Ohio State), and running back Mikale Wilbon (Vanderbilt).

Plainfield South's four-star ranked senior linebacker Clifton Garrett (6-foot-1, 222 pounds) made his second official visit this fall when he visited Tennessee this past weekend.

"It was definitely a really unique experience for me," Garrett said. "I had a really good time, as did my dad and my mom. It was a really good atmosphere and we were very impressed."

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Garrett, who has now made official visits to both Florida and Tennessee, will next visit Ole Miss on October 18 and is also planning to make his final two official visits to Oregon and LSU.

Crete-Monee senior linebacker Nyles Morgan (6-foot-1, 222 pounds) has yet to hit the official visit trail but that will change starting this weekend.  Morgan announced via his Twitter feed (@obey_pride) that he will make his first official visit to Ole Miss on October 11. Crete-Monee already has sent two of it's former players to the Rebels, including sophomore defensive back Anthony Standifer and freshman WR Laquon Treadwell.

Oak Park River-Forest senior wide receiver Simmie Cobbs (6-foot-4, 207 pounds) is off to a very strong start this season for the 5-1 Huskies and head coach John Hoester. Cobbs was able to add his first scholarship offer from Purdue Tuesday morning.

"Purdue is a great school," Cobbs said. "They offer great academics and it's just exciting to have this opportunity."

Bolingbrook senior and four-star ranked defensive back Parrker Westphal (6-foot-1, 186 pounds) made an official visit to Vanderbilt two weekends ago. Westphal will also make an official visit to Michigan State this weekend.

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Northwestern was able to showcase it's program on the national stage on Saturday hosting Ohio State (a Wildcats 40-30 loss) and several in-state prospects came away with rave reviews.

According to Downers Grove North junior tight end prospect David Edwards, "It was a great game and a great atmosphere at Northwestern. It was just a cool experience and the noise level and the whole vibe was pretty amazing."

"Northwestern just had a great gameday atmosphere on Saturday," added Normal UHigh junior athlete Arion Worthman. "I was able to see the locker room and some of the facilities before the game. I was able to also talk to some of the other recruits and just looked around and saw what Northwestern has to offer. The game was fun and the fans just seemed really into every play."