Football recruiting | Ohio State offers Montini's Thompson

Montini defensive lineman Dylan Thompson added Ohio State to his list of offers last week.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound junior talked about whether the Buckeyes' offer could be a game-changer. Thompson also has offers from Illinois and Indiana.

"It possibly could be," Thompson said. "Coach (Urban) Meyer is a great coach, and they were the only undefeated team last year. Ohio State has such a great program with a ton of tradition.

"I had a chance to talk to Coach Meyer when he offered me, and he seems like a great guy. I'm going to visit Ohio State on Feb. 22, and it will be my first ever visit there. I just want to make the visit and see how things go, and I also want to see how things play out this winter with my recruiting."

Thompson will unofficially visit Michigan State this weekend.

First offer for Beneventi: Benet quarterback Jack Beneventi added his first offer from Western Michigan this weekend.

"It's really exciting, and it just feels awesome," said Beneventi, a 6-6, 190-pound sophomore. "I really had no idea that an offer was coming to be honest. I still don't know much about Western Michigan, but I'm going to go online along with my dad and do some research on them.

"I'm going to visit Western Michigan sometime this spring in person and get a good look at the school."

A Gators first: One of the best national signing day stories came out of Guerin Prep in River Grove. Gators senior defensive lineman Kristof Ifkovits signed a letter of intent Wednesday with Western Michigan.

The 6-4, 305-pound Ifkovits is the first player from Guerin to sign a letter of intent to a Division I football program.

Another for Weishar: Marist junior tight end Nic Weishar is now up to 18 scholarship offers, his most recent from North Carolina State and Missouri.

"I actually have some family who have gone to Missouri or who are at Missouri now," Weishar said. "I have two cousins who are down there now, so I have plenty of people I can ask about the school.

"I know N.C. State tight ends coach Eddie Faulkner because he was at Wisconsin and he recruited me at Wisconsin. I also know a lot of the N.C. State coaches from when they were at (Northern Illinois)."

The 6-5, 215-pound Weishar has offers from Arkansas, Boston College, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ohio State, North Carolina State, Purdue, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.

Orange presence in Illinois: Mount Carmel junior running back Matt Domer (5-11, 185) added a weekend offer from Syracuse. Look for the Orange to establish a steady presence in Illinois.

Syracuse coach Scott Shafer recruited the state of Illinois, and in particular the Chicago Public League, for years. Also on staff at Syracuse is running backs coach and longtime Chicago-area recruiter DeAndre Smith, who recruited this area for Illinois among his several stops.

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