Recruiting ramps up for Bolingbrook's Dashuan Mallory

Recruiting ramps up for Bolingbrook's Dashuan Mallory

Bolingbrook junior defensive tackle recruit Dashaun Mallory (6-foot-3, 270 pounds) could very well be on the verge of a big spring evaluation period recruiting breakout.

It's not like Mallory has been ignored by colleges so far. Mallory has added a half dozen scholarship offers from the likes of Iowa State, Wyoming, NIU and a handful of other Mid American Conference schools.

Yet when you are a quick, strong and highly athletic 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds plus defensive tackle with huge upside and potential, it's only a matter of time before the bigger boys come calling. Mallory made a recent visit to Michigan State and several other Power 5 schools are beginning to close in on Dashaun Mallory quickly.

I caught up with Dashaun Mallory at the 5th Annual Franklin Dodgeball Madness Tournament at Franklin Middle School in Wheaton. Proceeds from the tournament benefited the school, the DuPage Hundred Club, Team Red, White and Blue and The Pat Tillman Foundation. Watch the video above.

Recruiting News and Notes: Luke Ford commits to Arkansas

Recruiting News and Notes: Luke Ford commits to Arkansas

Luke Ford (TE), Carterville

Carterville High School three-star ranked junior tight end Luke Ford (6-foot-7, 250 pounds) ended his recruiting process on Monday. Ford, who was drawing national recruiting interest and scholarship offers this winter, made an unofficial visit to Arkansas this past weekend and gave Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema his verbal commitment.

"I'm pumped right now, if you can't tell," Ford told's Danny Ford on Monday. "I am pumped. This is awesome, I'm so excited. I'm happy to shut down the recruitment and just focus on school and sports now. I'm committed. I loved everything about Arkansas that I saw. I just don't know what to say, I'm pumped."

Gavin McCabe (DT), Marist

Marist junior three-star ranked defensive tackle recruit Gavin McCabe (6-foot-3, 255 pounds) has 24 scholarship offers this winter and remains on multiple recruiting radars.

"I have 24 offers so far," McCabe said. "It's been fun but in all honesty it's also been sort of crazy."

McCabe will remain busy this spring by making multiple unofficial visits.

"I've been able to visit Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State and Miami (OH) so far and I also went to games at Michigan State, Kansas State and Iowa State," McCabe said. "I'm looking to make a trip out East soon and visit schools such as Boston College, Syracuse, Rutgers, Virginia and North Carolina. I also want to head down South and see Arkansas and Kansas. I know that I'll also head back to visit schools like Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Iowa and Wisconsin. I also want to get all of these visits in by the end of spring recruiting."

Samson Evans (ATH), Prairie Ridge

While Prairie Ridge three-star ranked athlete Samson Evans (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) was hoping to have a handful of scholarship offers at this stage of his recruiting process, he admits to being pleasantly surprised by his success on the recruiting trail so far this winter.

"I have 11 offers now and I had no idea I would have so many offers at this point a year ago," Evans said. "I also just didn't expect to have as many quality offers as I have right now. I was hoping to maybe build up to some bigger Power 5 offers so it's been a great surprise."

Evans also shared his gameplan in regards to his recruiting process.

"I have a top schools list in my head but I won't be releasing any top schools list," Evans said. "I would like to be done with recruiting before the start of the season. I might decide then or I might decide at the end of spring or maybe even earlier. It all just depends when I feel ready and comfortable in making my decision. Once I'm 100 percent comfortable with a school then I'll make my choice."

Does Evans get any recruiting pitches from teammate and good friend Jeff Jenkins, who recently committed to Iowa?

"Jeff and I have lunch together every day and he makes sure to let me know where he stands with Iowa and that he wants me to commit to them," Evans said. "It's not over the top all the time, but he always seems to be wearing Hawkeyes gear a lot when ever we hang out."

Dashaun Mallory (DT), Bolingbrook

Bolingbrook junior defensive tackle Dashaun Mallory (6-foot-3, 280 pounds) is starting to see his recruiting stock take off over the past month. Mallory, who has early offers so far from Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Iowa State, NIU, Toledo and Wyoming, also made a recent visit to Michigan State.

"I was able to visit Michigan State a few weeks ago and it was awesome," Mallory said. "I really enjoyed myself at Michigan State and it was an amazing experience. The coaches at Michigan State said they love my game and want to get me back on campus. They want me to keep working hard and also stay in touch."

Mallory has also been in touch this month with coaches from Arkansas, Penn State, Michigan, Louisville, Kansas State, North Dakota State and Western Michigan.

AP Preps Basketball Poll: Week 9

AP Preps Basketball Poll: Week 9

Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school basketball teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters.

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Bolingbrook (5) 16-0 92 4
2. Simeon (3) 18-1 87 1
3. Edwardsville (2) 16-1 83 3
4. Curie 18-2 68 5
5. Whitney Young 14-4 57 8
6. Fremd 18-0 39 9
7. East Moline United 19-3 23 10
8. Joliet West 17-2 20 6
9. Evanston Township 15-3 16 2
10. Wheaton Warrenville South 19-1 15 NR

Others receiving votes: Belleville (Althoff Catholic) 9, Rockford Boylan 8, East St. Louis 6, Willowbrook 5, Marist 5, Geneva 4, Belleville West 3, Kenwood 3, Naperville North 2, St. Patrick 2, Quincy 2, Harvey Thornton 1.

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Morgan Park (9) 13-3 108 1
2. Springfield Lanphier (2) 16-1 99 2
3. Bloomington 16-3 88 3
4. Fenwick 15-4 71 5
5. North Lawndale 16-4 66 4
6. Benton 19-1 49 6
7. Breese Central 17-3 35 10
8. Centralia 13-5 26 8
9. Farragut 8-4 20 7
10. Bogan 13-6 12 NR 

Others receiving votes: Burlington Central 11, Effingham 6, Springfield Southeast 4, Washington 3, Lincoln 3, Decatur Eisenhower 2, Cahokia 1, Brooks Academy 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Chicago Uplift (7) 17-4 124 2
2. Quincy Notre Dame (6) 17-1 120 1
3. Orr 11-3 92 4
4. Teutopolis 18-2 72 3
5. Alton Marquette 19-2 67 8
6. Tremont 16-2 44 T5
7. Hoopeston 17-1 38 10
(tie) Pinckneyville 19-2 38 7
9. Eldorado 20-2 37 T5
10. Mt. Carmel 17-3 33 9

Others receiving votes: DePaul College Prep 20, Rockridge 13, Chicago-University 11, Knoxville 2, Waterloo Gibault 1.

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Quest Academy (10) 22-2 118 1
2. Effingham St. Anthony (1) 18-1 105 3
3. Colfax Ridgeview 19-1 89 4
4. East Dubuque 20-1  80 5
5. Okawville 17-3 77 2
6. Newark 15-3 59 7
7. Annawan 17-2 40 8
8. Chicago Hope Academy (1) 19-3 37 9
9. DePue 19-1 32 6
10. Mendon Unity 15-4 16 10

Others receiving votes: Harvest Christian Academy 4, Patoka 2, Crab Orchard 1.