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Football

Thorson's recruitment wide open

Two high schools are in the Wheaton (Ill.) Community School District No. 200.

Wheaton Warrenville South and Wheaton North.

The former western suburban Chicago high school has had two quarterbacks play at Illinois in the last decade (Reilly O'Toole and Jon Beutjer).

The latter might produce a quarterback in the Class of 2014 who could possibly follow in their footsteps.

Florida defensive end commits to Illinois

For those wondering if Tim Beckman could haul in any last-minute recruiting surprises, he might have pulled one off.

Illinois received its 26th commitment for the Class of 2013 on Wednesday morning when Paul James, a 6-foot-4-inch, 245-pound defensive end from Miami Norland High School, chose Illinois a week before National Signing Day.

Lemming: 'They've got to win' to conquer Chicago

The lack of in-state football prospects north of Interstate 80 coming to Illinois next year is noticeable.

The greater Chicagoland area has produced prep phenoms like Laquon Treadwell of Crete-Monee, Ty Isaac of Joliet Catholic and Ethan Pocic of Lemont in the Class of 2013.

Mammen commits to D-II Malone

URBANA — Cameron Mammen will play college football in one of the most revered communities for the sport in the country.

On Monday night, the Area Player of the Year gave a verbal commitment to Malone University, located in Canton, Ohio, approximately one mile from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“We practice there on Tuesday nights,” Malone offensive coordinator Joel Penner said.

Kroner: There's a chunk of change going on

Welcome to the new normal.

Conference realignments are becoming as prevalent on the area athletic scene as are the planted rows of corn in the early spring in the area’s fertile fields.

This isn’t a new trend.

Dunlap adds depth to defensive backfield

Alex Golesh said in early December the Illinois coaching staff was selling playing time to potential recruits.

Perhaps Jaylen Dunlap heard the Illini recruiting coordinator's message.

Clements not going anywhere

If any Illinois football fans are nervous about Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) High School defensive lineman Jarrod Clements going back on his verbal commitment to Illinois football head coach Tim Beckman like his high school teammate Reon Dawson did, Rams head coach Maurice Douglass has one word in mind.

Relax.

Dawson flips on Illinois, chooses Michigan

Maurice Douglass did not see this move coming.

The Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) football head coach had two players verbally committed to Illinois in the Class of 2013.

Key word is had two players committed. The number is now down to one.

Bulletin Board: Heritage softball star selects Kankakee

BROADLANDS — Heritage’s Stephanie Sanderson, an All-Area second-team selection as a junior outfielder, will play softball at Kankakee Community College. Sanderson batted .535 (61 for 114) for a 28-4 team. She also stole 33 bases and was fourth in the area in runs (57).

Ten early enrollees for Illinois football

The Illinois football team already has 10 members of its Class of 2013 enrolled at the university.