Montini junior defensive end Dylan Thompson knew the moment he walked into Ohio State's indoor football facility Saturday that he was ready to commit to the Buckeyes.
"I found a school that has everything I was looking for and so much more," said Thompson, who is 6-foot-5, 270 pounds. "Ohio State feels like home for me. I want to be a part of that family environment at Ohio State and I can't wait to play for the Buckeyes."
And another: Fenwick junior running back Robert Spillane also knew right away Saturday that he was ready to orally commit to Western Michigan moments after new coach P.J. Fleck offered Spillane a scholarship.
"P.J. Fleck just blew me away on Saturday," Spillane said. "I was so impressed with Coach Fleck, his message, his philosophy and his plans for turning the WMU program around. I just felt like this was the perfect scenario for me at Western Michigan, so I committed."
Spillane, who was projected as a linebacker, also was offered by the Broncos as a running back.
Allen visits Ole Miss: Hinsdale Central junior center Brian Allen (6-2, 270) was impressed with Ole Miss after a recent visit.
"I liked it a lot at Ole Miss," Allen said. "It was really surprising in a good way, to be honest. I expected something totally different. They blew it out of the water."
Allen has a dozen scholarship offers.
Jackson visits Vanderbilt: Glenbard North junior running back Justin Jackson recently made an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt.
"I was able to see everything, including the campus and the facilities, and I really liked everything I saw," Jackson said. "I really liked the coaches. I had a great talk with head coach James Franklin and the rest of the coaches, and they really gave me a lot to consider. Vanderbilt offers a lot, including great academics and playing in the SEC."
Does Jackson have any early leaders?
"It's still pretty early, and I still need to get out and see some schools in person," he said. "I haven't released an official list or anything, but Northwestern and Vanderbilt are up there, along with Indiana for now."
Garrett to take more visits: Plainfield South junior linebacker Clifton Garrett has offers from across the country. So which schools have stood out?
"LSU, Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Virginia Tech, along with Oregon have been sticking out lately, and I want to see what schools outside of the Big Ten have to offer."
Garrett is planning more visits for April, including stops at LSU, Tennessee and Florida.
Extra points: Mount Carmel continues to draw recruiting attention. Caravan junior safety Deontae Brown added his first offer from Western Michigan last weekend, joining junior DT Enoch Smith Jr., junior DT Steven Richardson, junior RB Matt Domer and junior OG Nate Oquendo as Caravan players with at least one early D-I offer.