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.

Recruiting News and Notes: Dashaun Mallory's recruiting stock rising

Recruiting News and Notes: Dashaun Mallory's recruiting stock rising

Dashaun Mallory (DT), Bolingbrook

Bolingbrook junior defensive tackle Dashaun Mallory (6-foot-3, 275 pounds) has seen his recruiting stock rise so far this season.

'I've been hearing from Arkansas, Kansas State, Western Michigan, Florida State and Iowa State," Mallory said. "I was invited to come out to games this season at Central Michigan, Arkansas, Iowa State and Purdue."

Mallory also made a recent visit to Purdue.

"The visit to Purdue was decent," Mallory said. "They lost the game but but the place was nice and I enjoyed myself. The Purdue coaches knew who I was before I introduced myself so that was pretty cool. The Purdue coaches said that they like what they see from me and that they will keep an eye out for me the rest of the season."

Noah Shannon (DT), Oswego

Oswego junior defensive tackle Noah Shannon (6-foot-1, 285 pounds) is also drawing more and more recruiting looks this fall.

"I've heard recently from both Wisconsin and Iowa," Shannon said. "They both reached out to me a few weeks ago and we've stayed in touch ever since."

Shannon, who has also been in steady contact with NIU, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois, is also planning to visit both Wisconsin and Iowa soon.

"I'm going to Wisconsin for the Nebraska game (Oct. 29) and I'm also going to Iowa for the game against Michigan (Nov. 12)," Shannon said.

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Trevor Keegan (OT), Crystal Lake South

Crystal Lake South sophomore offensive tackle Trevor Keegan (6-foot-6, 290 pounds) made a gameday visit to Illinois when the Fighting Illinois hosted Purdue last weekend.

“It was really nice,” Keegan told Orange and Blue News publisher Doug Bucshon. “I love the atmosphere and it’s a nice campus. I saw the stadium upgrades. It’s going to look really nice.”

Keegan already holds a Northwestern offer and is drawing strong interest from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Purdue.

Will Putnam (OL), Glenwood

Glenwood sophomore offensive linemen Will Putnam (6-foot-4, 250 pounds), who already has offers from Illinois and Pitt, is planning to get out to visit more schools soon.

"I'm planning to get out to visit Georgia, Illinois and Notre Dame," Putnam said. "I'm looking at going to visit Illinois on November 5th when they play Michigan State. I'm also going to Georgia on November 12th when they play Auburn. I'm not sure on a date yet for Notre Dame."