Recruiting news and notes: Simeon lineman backs off Illinois commitment originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com
Simeon's three star-ranked junior offensive guard Marcus Harper II (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) gave Illinois his verbal commitment last month, but earlier this week backed off that commitment and has reopened his recruiting process.
"I think my decision to decommit from Illinois definitely surprised a lot of people," Harper II said. "I just felt that I made my decision too early and I want to see what some other schools have to offer. I wanted to be honest with the coaches at Illinois and let them know upfront that I wasn't ready be set on my college choice. That's why I decommitted."
Harper II has also seen his recruiting stock pick up quickly after announcing his decision.
"We've been seeing a lot of college coaches in school," he said. "We've seen the coaches in school from Michigan State, Cincinnati and Iowa State along with several other schools. Duke was also in school not too long ago and they have really picked things up. Oregon offered me already and I've been talking with them a lot since my decision. I'm also now in touch with the coaches from Arizona State, Florida Atlantic and also Cal."
Look for Harper II to make all five allowed official visits. He is hoping to schedule an official visit later this spring to Oregon.
Lake Forest four star-ranked DE Rylie Mills (6-foot-5, 270 pounds) made his third official visit to Ohio State last weekend. Mills, who originally planned to take five official visits decided earlier this week that he's done taking official visits and will soon make a college decision.
"I'm also done taking official visits," Mills said. "I'm now going to take a few weeks to think everything over and then I'm going to make my college decision."
Mills is down to a top three schools list that includes Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Ohio State. He has made official visits to all three schools over the last month.
Brother Rice junior safety Giacomo Iraci (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) gave Western Michigan his verbal commitment on Tuesday evening via his Twitter account. Iraci, who was a starter last season on the Crusaders' Class 8A state title runner up team had scholarship offers and recruiting attention from several Mid-American Conference schools along with some Big 10 programs this spring.
Hillcrest sophomore running back Mar'Kiese Irving (5-foot-10, 178 pounds) has seen his recruiting stock soar this week. Irving has added offers this past week from Illinois, Duke and Cincinnati. He is now holding 10 offers and that amount figures to grow.
"I just didn't think it would blow up like this," according to Irving. "My head coach (Mo Weaver) told me that a lot of colleges would come into school this spring and offer me scholarships, but I still didn't see it coming."
Mar'Kiese Irvin has scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois, Louisville, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Central Michigan, Illinois State and Kent State.