Football Recruits - 2017

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Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:36 am

Verbal commit from Tyler Ward: http://www.hudl.com/profile/2874196/tyler-ward
6'1", 215lb QB from Plano, IL

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Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:10 pm

One of the things I like to look at when we get a commit is how successful the program has been where he/she is coming from. The IHSA makes that job pretty easy. Pick a school and choose "Season Summaries" link. Tyler Ward and Plano HS seem to be trending favorably of late.

http://www.ihsa.org/Schools/SchoolDirec ... hool/p.htm
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Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:08 am

Austin Hopp
T/G, 6'6", 260lbs, from Minnetonka, MN
http://www.hudl.com/profile/2715064/austin-hopp
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Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:41 am

Scott .... does this look about right for you, for the 2017 WIU recruiting class so far? I'm doing an MVFC piece tomorrow.

LB Andre Whitley St. Louis, Mo. 5'10" 185 7/31/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
LS Erik Abrell Aurora, Ill. 6'1" 215 9/22/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
DT Luke Terrill Lebanon, Ind. 6'3" 290 11/5/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
OL Mike Ross Lombard, Ill. 6'2" 310 11/8/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
RB Isaiah Cherrier Mound. Minn. 6'0" 190 11/28/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
DL ShaBar Wilson Memphis, Tenn. 6'1" 275 12/11/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
QB Adam Mullett Fishers, Ind. 6'5" 195 12/30/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
DB Brent Carter Valdosta, Ga. 5'10" 175 12/31/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
RB James Bailey Independence, Mo. 6'0" 205 1/6/2017 WESTERN ILLINOIS
OL Fawaz Ayoola Chicago, Ill. 6'4" 280 1/12/2017 WESTERN ILLINOIS
QB Tyler Ward Plano, Ill. 6'1" 215 1/17/2017 WESTERN ILLINOIS
OL Austin Hopp Minnetonka, Minn. 6'6" 260 1/18/2017 WESTERN ILLINOIS
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Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:27 am

BrianMacHEROSPORTS wrote:Scott .... does this look about right for you, for the 2017 WIU recruiting class so far? I'm doing an MVFC piece tomorrow.

LB Andre Whitley St. Louis, Mo. 5'10" 185 7/31/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
LS Erik Abrell Aurora, Ill. 6'1" 215 9/22/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
DT Luke Terrill Lebanon, Ind. 6'3" 290 11/5/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
OL Mike Ross Lombard, Ill. 6'2" 310 11/8/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
RB Isaiah Cherrier Mound. Minn. 6'0" 190 11/28/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
DL ShaBar Wilson Memphis, Tenn. 6'1" 275 12/11/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
QB Adam Mullett Fishers, Ind. 6'5" 195 12/30/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
DB Brent Carter Valdosta, Ga. 5'10" 175 12/31/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
RB James Bailey Independence, Mo. 6'0" 205 1/6/2017 WESTERN ILLINOIS
OL Fawaz Ayoola Chicago, Ill. 6'4" 280 1/12/2017 WESTERN ILLINOIS
QB Tyler Ward Plano, Ill. 6'1" 215 1/17/2017 WESTERN ILLINOIS
OL Austin Hopp Minnetonka, Minn. 6'6" 260 1/18/2017 WESTERN ILLINOIS
Yes, those are the guys that I have on my list currently as well:
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BrianMacHEROSPORTS wrote:
Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:41 am
Scott .... does this look about right for you, for the 2017 WIU recruiting class so far? I'm doing an MVFC piece tomorrow.

LB Andre Whitley St. Louis, Mo. 5'10" 185 7/31/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
LS Erik Abrell Aurora, Ill. 6'1" 215 9/22/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
DT Luke Terrill Lebanon, Ind. 6'3" 290 11/5/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
OL Mike Ross Lombard, Ill. 6'2" 310 11/8/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
RB Isaiah Cherrier Mound. Minn. 6'0" 190 11/28/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
DL ShaBar Wilson Memphis, Tenn. 6'1" 275 12/11/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
QB Adam Mullett Fishers, Ind. 6'5" 195 12/30/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
DB Brent Carter Valdosta, Ga. 5'10" 175 12/31/2016 WESTERN ILLINOIS
RB James Bailey Independence, Mo. 6'0" 205 1/6/2017 WESTERN ILLINOIS
OL Fawaz Ayoola Chicago, Ill. 6'4" 280 1/12/2017 WESTERN ILLINOIS
QB Tyler Ward Plano, Ill. 6'1" 215 1/17/2017 WESTERN ILLINOIS
OL Austin Hopp Minnetonka, Minn. 6'6" 260 1/18/2017 WESTERN ILLINOIS
Andre Whitley is a Safety...
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Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:16 am

Here's an article about Tyler Ward: http://www.kendallcountynow.com/2017/01 ... s/aqsum5k/
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Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:31 am

Mentioned earlier as having an offer out for him, but I see he's committed now.

J'Len Smith, 6'3", 240lb, DE
Whitehaven HS, Memphis, TN
http://www.hudl.com/profile/2920884/jlen-smith

Had offers from Army, Navy, Air Force, Mercer, Chattanooga, Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee Tech, Howard, Gardner-Webb.
Also had interest and visited: Memphis and Mississippi State. He initially committed to Air Force, but reopened recruiting back in early December. He's got two stars from Rivals (https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/81115), and 247 sports (http://247sports.com/Player/JLen-Smith-89249). This kid could be huge in a year or two, considering who all offered him...all 3 of the service academies with FBS football teams, Chattanooga, Eastern Kentucky (both very good FCS teams with near-future FBS potential), and a few other full-scholarship FCS teams.

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Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:09 pm

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Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:34 pm
Eli Watson, 6'1", 200lb WR from Houston County HS in Warner Robbins, GA
http://www.hudl.com/profile/3365057/eli-watson
Says that our offer is #5 for him. I can't find all of him, but I know that he got an offer from FBS Georgia Southern and at some interest from Miami.
This one is pretty huge...the next Lance Lenoir maybe?
Rivals has him as a 2-star: https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/61696
247 Sports has him as a 3-star....100th best WR in the country: http://247sports.com/Player/Eli-Watson-89049
Had offers from Cincinnati, Georgia Southern, Troy, and FCS Mercer...and he had some serious interest from some of the "big boys".

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And check out what this UGA Fan and freelance sports writer said about him:
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If fans of SEC programs are saying that they need to try to get him...he's got some serious talent.
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Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:21 pm

I'm not seeing it on twitter yet, but I've heard that we also got semi-local WR Suni Lane from Bettendorf HS.
6'4" and 195 lbs...could be the kind of receiver that can out-jump nearly any defender.
http://www.hudl.com/profile/3763454/suni-lane

He also played basketball for Bettendorf.

EDIT - want to know if this guy can get up in the air to catch a ball?...
http://wqad.com/2017/01/27/score-play-o ... suni-lane/
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