Ohio State played host to several top prospects from the Class of 2014 on Saturday for the Buckeyes' 26-21 victory against Michigan.
The unofficial visit list of Illinois prospects included De La Salle OT Jamarco Jones and RB Mikale Wilbon, Plainfield South LB Clifton Garrett, Bolingbrook DB Parrker Westphal and Oak Park DE Nile Sykes.
"I thought it was great," Jones said. "I got to stay overnight on Friday and go to the game Saturday. It gave me a better look at Ohio State and I was really impressed. I really enjoyed the visit."
He wasn't the only one.
"It was an intense game," Westphal said. "We had to walk a few miles just to get to the stadium because the traffic and the tailgating was just wild. They had as many fans outside of the stadium as they had inside. It was my first game experience at Ohio State and it was great."
Source: NIU coach Doeren not going to Purdue: Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren and his staff are getting "killed" on the recruiting trail this week because of rumors surrounding other schools' interest in Doeren.
According to a university source, Doeren and his staff have not yet taken nor discussed any job offers.
Purdue in particular has been mentioned as a possible destination for Doeren, but sources claim that Doeren will not leave NIU for Purdue.
NIU will face Kent State on Friday in the MAC championship game.
Marian Central's Stirneman switches: Marian Central senior OL Kurtis Stirneman (6-foot-6, 280 pounds), who orally committed to Western Michigan during the summer, changed his commitment to Wyoming after the Western Michigan coaching staff was fired.
"I have every intention to stick with my verbal commitment to Western Michigan, but when they fired the coaches it really made me look again at everything," said Stirneman, who took an official visit to Wyoming during the weekend. "Wyoming was always near the top of the list for me, but I honestly overlooked them, looking back now. I felt very comfortable and at home there. I was able to get to know some of the coaches and the players and the other recruits. ... I feel blessed about how this has all worked out for me."
Isaac solid to USC: Michigan has been staying in touch with Joliet Catholic senior running back Ty Isaac, who said he is solid in his commitment to USC.
"Coach (Jeff) Hecklinski has called me a few times, along with some other coaches," Isaac said. "I appreciate them calling and checking in with me, but it really means nothing in my eyes. I'm still solid and fully committed to USC."
Glenbard West's Dunbar to make visits: Glenbard West senior DE Ruben Dunbar expects to make some official visits before deciding on a college.
Dunbar said after the Hilltoppers state final win over Lincoln-Way East on Saturday that he will visit Missouri soon and most likely will visit a handful of other schools. Dunbar has offers from Arizona State, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Oklahoma State and Toledo.
Extra point: Downstate O'Fallon has been turning out some D-I talent over the last few years. The next will be junior defensive end Dewayne Hendrix (6-5, 240). Hendrix last week picked up offers from Illinois, Kansas, Northern Illinois, Ole Miss and South Florida.