On High School Football
8:35 PM CST, February 4, 2013
National signing day is Wednesday, and there promises to be some drama as usual.
Simeon linebacker Reggie Spearman and teammates Kendall Moore (offensive tackle) and defensive end Devante Lee (defensive end) are expected to sign.
Spearman, who orally committed to Illinois during the summer, and Moore, who did the same to Western Michigan last week, made official visits to, and picked up offers from, Syracuse over the weekend.
"It would be big playing with one of my best friends," Spearman said. "To go to the same school so we could play ball together again would be amazing. That was a big thing, even with Illinois when we both had Illinois, but that didn't work out."
Iowa and Minnesota are the other two schools in Spearman's final four. Lee also orally committed to Western Michigan but took a late official visit to Alabama-Birmingham and will decide between those two and Middle Tennessee State on Wednesday.
Speaking of Western Michigan: Morgan Park senior defensive end Khairi Bailey, who orally committed to Western Michigan, took an official visit to Ball State over the weekend.
"I already had the visit set before I committed to Western (Michigan)," Bailey said. "I had a great visit and they gave me a lot to think about. I'm going to sit down with my mom (Sunday) and sort it all out."
On Monday morning, Bailey confirmed he is a solid to Western Michigan and said he will sign with the Broncos on Wednesday morning.
The walk-ons: Two players who suffered significant injuries will take the preferred walk-on route instead of signing with smaller schools.
Providence senior inside linebacker Jack Fordon missed over half of the regular season and will take a preferred-walk-on spot at Nebraska.
Montini senior offensive guard Tate Briggs returned for the 2012 season after suffering a serious knee injury during his team's victory against Joliet Catholic in the 2011 Class 5A state final. Briggs, who was offered a preferred walk-on spot with Syracuse, accepted the same invitation from Northern Illinois.
"Syracuse also had a lot to offer and they gave me a lot to think about," Briggs said. "I guess the distance was a bit of a factor, but really it was the comfort overall. I felt like I fit in well at NIU and I didn't get that feeling at Syracuse."
Speaking of walk-ons: Glenbard East senior wide receiver Malysha Flanders passed on scholarship offers from Indiana State and Northern Iowa and will take a preferred walk-on spot at Mississippi State.
"I just felt that I was under-recruited by the bigger schools and that this was my chance to go out and prove that I can play at the highest level of college football," Flanders said. "You only live once, and this is my opportunity to go out and do something great. I know it's a risk, but I feel that I can do it, so why not go for it?"
Extra points: Western Illinois received an oral commitment from Montini senior wide receiver Joey Borsellino and Prospect OL/DL Colin Olson. ... North Dakota will add several Illinois players to its 2013 signing class, including Wheaton North RB Patrick Sharp, Proviso East OT Rashad Williams, Schaumburg safety Cole Reyes and Cary-Grove FB Kyle Norberg.
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