Brother Rice OL Nick Marozas, De La Salle DB Byron Perkins pledge to Big Ten

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Brother Rice OL Nick Marozas, De La Salle DB Byron Perkins pledge to Big Ten

Both Brother Rice senior offensive tackle Nick Marozas (6-foot-5, 280 pounds) and DeLaSalle senior cornerback Byron Perkins (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) made college decisions Monday evening.

Marozas, who is a three-star ranked offensive tackle, gave Indiana his verbal commitment, announcing it to the public via Twitter. 

Marozas is now the second known Chicagoland verbal commit in the Hoosier's Class of 2018, joining Hinsdale Central tight end Matt Bjorson, who committed earlier this month.

De La Salle senior cornerback Byron Perkins called his verbal commitment to Purdue this evening, "a belated Father's Day gift."

"I guess you can say that this is a late Father's Day gift for my dad," Perkins said. "My dad and I talked yesterday and he talked about being excited to see where I'll go to school and play in college. He was really excited to see me committed to Purdue and I feel great about my decision. My whole family is excited."

Perkins, who had a handful of offers along with strong recruiting interest from several Big Ten schools, felt that Purdue offered him the best possible fit.

"Purdue just seems to fit me in a lot of ways. On and off the field I feel like I'll be a good fit," he said. "I looked really hard at all of my options and offers this spring and summer. I was really interested in Miami of Ohio. It's a really good school and they also offer great academics, but in the end I just felt like Purdue is the best place for me."

Perkins is now the second Chicagoland verbal pledge to the Boilermakers Class of 2018, joining Hoffman Estates linebacker Jaylan Alexander.

Three Michigan State football players dismissed after criminal sexual conduct charges

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Three Michigan State football players dismissed after criminal sexual conduct charges

Three Michigan State football players were dismissed from the program Tuesday after criminal sexual conduct charges were filed against all three.

Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance were all announced as no longer being with the program Tuesday morning after charges of criminal sexual assault were filed, the result of a months-long investigation into a January incident that has hung over the program for quite some time.

The three players were suspended months ago along with a member of head coach Mark Dantonio’s staff, former recruiting coordinator Curtis Blackwell, whose contract Michigan State opted not to renew last month.

“With the criminal sexual conduct charges filed against Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance, I have decided that regardless of the final outcome of the criminal process, these three individuals have been dismissed from our program effective immediately,” Dantonio said in a statement Tuesday.

“When we choose student-athletes to come to MSU, we enter into a relationship with them and their families, and we welcome them into ours. We emphasize that success on the field is not enough, as I made clear when all three individuals were suspended four months ago upon us learning of the allegations. They also must embrace our core principles, which include integrity, respect and accountability. The individuals in this case put themselves in a compromising position and did not live up to the standards we have outlined for our program.

“Sexual assault has no place in our community, and I want to share my deep concern for the young woman affected and her family.

“This is an extremely challenging situation that we have taken very seriously and has affected everyone in this program. The high standards I have established for this program will not change, and the values that we teach to everyone in this program will be enforced. I expect all of our players and staff to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the ideals of this university.”

King, a Darien native, and Corley were the two top-rated members of Dantonio’s 2016 recruiting class, with Vance highly rated, as well. King, a defensive end, played in nine games as a freshman last season, starting two. Corley, a wide receiver, racked up 453 receiving yards and caught three touchdown passes as a freshman last season. Vance redshirted last season.

This is one of two investigations to result in sexual criminal conduct charges for Michigan State football players this offseason. Defensive lineman Auston Robertson, also a highly rated member of that 2016 recruiting class, was charged with sexual criminal conduct and dismissed from the program in April.

Monday brought the announcement that prosecutors would seek charges against three unnamed football players as the result of police’s criminal investigation. Also Monday, the law firm doing an external investigation into how the football program handled this offseason’s allegations announced that Dantonio handled everything properly and that Blackwell violated school policy with his actions.

Northwestern kick returner Solomon Vault expected to miss entire 2017 season

Northwestern kick returner Solomon Vault expected to miss entire 2017 season

Northwestern is expected to be without kick returner and wide receiver Solomon Vault for the entirety of the upcoming 2017 season, according to a Friday report from Inside NU.

A Northwestern spokesman told the site that Vault underwent surgery for a lower-body injury and is expected to redshirt this fall.

Vault took back four kickoffs for touchdowns in his first three seasons, racking up 1,505 kick-return yards. Last season, he returned 23 kicks for 560 yards and a touchdown.

In addition to his value as a kick returner, though, Vault was also expected to play a larger role in the passing game this season. He transitioned from running back to wide receiver ahead of last season and caught 15 passes for 164 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2016.

While the Wildcats have plenty of other options at wide receiver, it's a significant wrinkle in their challenge to replace the production of Austin Carr, last year's Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year, who is on to a pro career in the NFL.

If Vault does redshirt this season, it means he will have one year of NCAA eligibility remaining.