After long recruitment, Memphis provides Westinghouse DB Milan Netisingha II chance to show he belongs

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Westinghouse senior Milan Netisingha vs. Kenwood.

By: Eric Van Dril   |   March 9, 2017

All Milan Netisingha II wanted was an opportunity to prove himself.

The Westinghouse defensive back was an all-state selection in 2016. Netisingha was one of the Public League’s best players during his senior season, but he’s considered undersized at 5-foot-9 and about 163 pounds.

Therefore, his recruitment was slower than that of many all-state players.

Signing day came and went, and Netisingha remained unsigned. He was still searching for the school that would give him an opportunity to prove himself.

“After signing day, Feb. 1, I was very discouraged,” Netisingha said. “A lot of my friends were signing. I’m looking at it (on Twitter), retweeting it, congratulating them. There were even some players — not to come off as cocky — that I know I’m better than. To see them sign with schools — no matter what level — (was difficult). I didn’t have any offers — NAIA, Division III, nothing.”

Netisingha added: “I didn’t know where I was going to end up. I didn’t even know if I was going to play football.”

All of that uncertainty changed last week, however, when Netisingha accepted a spot as a preferred walk-on at Memphis. He announced his commitment via Twitter on Friday, March 3.

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By | March 9th, 2017|Football, Recruiting, Westinghouse|

Why Jayshon Jackson committed to Toledo, and what’s next for the Simeon junior

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Simeon’s Jayshon Jackson lines up vs. Phillips

By: Eric Van Dril | March 3, 2017

Simeon junior Jayshon Jackson ended his recruitment earlier this week when he committed to Toledo.

There were two primary reasons that Jackson picked the Rockets, he said.

The first was his relationship with Toledo’s coaching staff. Jackson started to communicate with the Rockets’ coaches after he was offered a scholarship by Toledo this past summer. They ended up talking daily. Jackson liked the Rockets’ coaches, he said, as well as the school’s facilities.

The second major reason Jackson committed to Toledo was its offensive scheme.

“They run a spread offense, and they pass (a ton),” Jackson said. “I like that.”

Toledo finished 9-4 overall and 6-2 in the MAC last season. The Rockets threw for a total of 4,196 yards in those 13 games, which was the ninth most in the country. They averaged 322.8 passing yards-per-game — an enticing statistic for a player like Jackson, who projects to be a slot wide receiver in college.

The Rockets’ offense “fits me well because I’m not really (that) big,” Jackson said. “But I can use my speed in open spaces.”

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By | March 3rd, 2017|Football, Recruiting, Simeon|

Solorio quarterback Quincy Patterson II commits to Virginia Tech

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Solorio junior quarterback Quincy Patterson II has committed to Virginia Tech, he announced on Twitter on Monday afternoon.

Patterson has been highly sought after for months. The dual-threat quarterback had 20 scholarship offers at the time of his commitment — from schools in the Big Ten, SEC, ACC and more. You can see the complete list here.

Patterson, who The Public League profiled last summer, earned all-state and all-Chicago Public League honors during his junior season. Here are his highlights.

By | February 27th, 2017|Football, Recruiting, Solorio|