Solorio QB Quincy Patterson II receives offers from Virginia, Northern Illinois

By: Eric Van Dril   |   Nov. 30, 2016

The last five days have been very busy for Solorio junior quarterback Quincy Patterson II.

The Class 5A all-state selection visited Vanderbilt over the weekend. He then picked up an offer from Virginia and an offer from Northern Illinois.

Patterson, as he wrote on Twitter, now has 12 scholarship offers. He has received offers from schools in the Big Ten, MAC, SEC, ACC, Big 12 and Mountain West.

You can see the full list here.

Simeon’s Jayshon Jackson receives Northern Illinois offer

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Just days after a magnificent performance in the Prep Bowl, Simeon junior Jayshon Jackson has received a scholarship offer from Northern Illinois.

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Jackson now has offers from NIU, Ball State, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Toledo, according to Scout.com. Jackson projects to play wide receiver in college.

Northern Illinois has recruited the Chicago Public League well in recent years. Two of the top players in the Class of 2017 — Phillips defensive back Dexter Warren and Morgan Park defensive end Jawon Denton — are both slated to play for the Huskies next season.

On Wednesday, the Huskies also extended an offer to Solorio junior QB Quincy Patterson II.

Collins Warriors 2016-2017 basketball preview

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Collins Academy logoCoach: Arristede Glasper (seventh season)

2015-2016 record: 15-9 overall, 7-3 White-West. Finished second in the White-West.

2015-2016 state playoffs: lost 67-59 to Tilden in the Class 2A regional finals.

Top players: Sr. G/F Terwon Matthews, Sr. G Kamal Hill, So. PG Jaquan Embrey, Jr. F Wanya Parks, Jr. F Demajaie Walton.

Schedule   |   Roster

Words in the rest of this preview: 389.

3 things you need to know about the Collins Warriors.

 

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1. Collins has a lot of talent back from last year’s team.

Collins rolled through the St. Benedict Thanksgiving Tournament to start its season 4-0. It beat Walther Christian 83-24 on opening night, then trounced St. Benedict (87-30), Guerin (79-33) and Waldorf (58-37).

It’s easy to understand why when one sees who Collins has back.

The team’s guards — senior Terwon Matthews, senior Kamal Hill and sophomore Jaquan Embrey — are all versatile and talented. Quality guard play is often the key to winning high-school basketball games, and Collins has it.

“My two senior guards, Terwon and Kamal, they’re the two captains,” Collins coach Arristede Glasper said. “They’re the leaders. Everybody feeds off of them, and they push everybody.”

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2. Collins also has quality big men.

Juniors Wanya Parks and Demajaie Walton are both tall and they can move.

That’s not all.

“They’re both kind of shy, but they work hard together,” Glasper said. “They’re in the gym. They live in the gym to get better. When I first got them, they couldn’t chew gum and walk at the same time.”

Now, Parks, Walton and Collins’ other big men figure to give other teams trouble. Some of them can shoot from mid-range, Glasper said, and they are all athletic.

That will be a big asset, defensively.

“They can move. They’re versatile, too,” Glasper said. “We’re going to be doing a lot of half-court trapping because they can move.”

3. Orr has moved up to the Red-West. The opportunity is there for Collins to do the same.

Collins’ No. 1 goal this season is to move up to the Red-West, Glasper said. Without Orr — a team that went 10-0 in the White-West last season, and was clearly better than the other five teams — in the conference, the Warriors have the opportunity to do the same this season.

They appear to have the experience, talent, size and ball-handling needed to win the conference.

Although that’s true, Collins figures to have tough competition in the White-West. Perspectives-MSA/Joslin, Al Raby and Clemente also have a lot of talent back from last season. Urban Prep-West played in the Red-West last year, which means the Lions are battle-tested.

One of the keys for the Warriors is to play team basketball, Glasper said.

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