While a large majority of the state's top prospects made their college choices before the season, Nos. 1 and 2 on the Rivals.com list did not.
Plainfield South's Clifton Garrett and Crete-Monee's Nyles Morgan , the No.3- and No. 5- ranked inside linebackers in the nation, opted not to make any big decisions until after their senior seasons.
Both are ready to turn their attention to college after suffering first-round losses last weekend — at their own pace.
"I'm still kind of rolling with it right now," Morgan said. "I'm not in a hurry."
Morgan, whose interception return for a touchdown gave Crete a halftime lead in its 25-14 Class 6A loss to Providence, picked five finalists during the first week of the season, but he backtracked a few days later and declared himself open.
He has taken two official visits, including one to Ole Miss, where former Crete-Monee teammate and 2012 Tribune Player of the Year Laquon Treadwell is thriving as a true freshman.
The other was to Notre Dame, which was not on the list he retracted.
"I just decided I'd give them a shot," Morgan said. "I'm glad I did. I enjoyed both visits. I got a lot out of both experiences."
Garrett has made a decision — to attend a Southeast Conference school.
He declared LSU his favorite over the summer, and he has two visits to Baton Rouge in the coming weeks. He's going unofficially for the Texas A&M game Nov. 23 and will take his official visit during a non-game week so he can spend more time with the coaching staff.
He has taken official visits to Florida, Tennessee and Ole Miss.
"I love it down there," Garrett said. "I'm definitely going to be playing somewhere in the SEC."
Off to Oregon State he goes: The interest from Oregon State seemed to come out of nowhere.
The Beavers are not visible recruiters of the Chicago area, so Sandburg offensive lineman Yanni Demogerontas was a bit surprised when the school wanted to see his early senior film.
The surprise was quite pleasant when Oregon State stuck with him and the broken ankle that ended Demogerontas' season in Week 2.
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound guard rewarded the Beavers' faith by committing to head coach Mike Riley while on his official visit over the weekend.
"They offered me the day after I broke my leg," he said. "During the week they had contacted me, and they called me on Saturday to offer. I told them I broke my leg but they still thought I was a good player. It was good to hear."
Nazerath's Colmery to Purdue: Nazareth defensive lineman Will Colmery didn't need a lot of time to mull his first BCS conference offer.
The 6-5, 240-pound senior committed to Purdue on Friday, four days after he was offered.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun