football recruiting notes

Wisconsin recruits weighing options; Stover picks Wyoming

Bret Bielema's resignation last week from Wisconsin caught a handful of recruits from Illinois, some of whom made official visits to the school last weekend, by surprise.

Bielema, whose teams were 68-24 in his seven seasons as the Badgers' head coach, took the same position with Arkansas.

"I'm still solid to Wisconsin, but I'm still talking to other schools," said Waubonsie Valley tight end Troy Fumagalli, who has been talking with coaches at Boston College, Minnesota and North Carolina State. "The North Carolina State coaches are the same coaches who were at NIU, and I really liked that staff. I'm pretty sure I'm going to take an official visit to North Carolina State soon."

Fumagalli said he might visit the other two schools, too.

"I let all of the schools know I'm still committed to the Badgers, but you never know what can happen in this crazy business," he said.

Tribune All-State linebacker Garet Dooley, the first player to commit to Wisconsin in this recruiting class, also is sticking with the Badgers for now.

"Basically, I'm still committed to Wisconsin but I still have an open mind about everything," said Dooley, who helped Rochester to its third consecutive Class 4A state title this fall. "I know Penn State wants me to come out and make an official visit, but I'm not sure."

Barrington offensive tackle Jack Keeler said via text Monday that he's still "very solid" to the Badgers.

Bolingbrook's Stover picks Wyoming: Bolingbrook senior running back Omar Stover orally committed to Wyoming late last week.

"Wyoming is just a beautiful area and I felt really comfortable there," Stover said. "I know I'll get homesick at times, but I wanted to start my life over in a new part of the country and I'm really happy and excited about my decision."

The next big name: Downers Grove South freshman offensive tackle Erik Swenson (6-foot-7, 280 pounds) is the next big-name prospect to watch.

He already has an offer from Illinois and is drawing serious interest from several Big Ten schools.

Crete-Monee players add offers: Crete-Monee senior WR Lance Lenoir and senior DB Jaylen Dunlap both received offers last week from Alabama-Birmingham and Eastern Michigan. The two are expected to take an official visit to Eastern Michigan this weekend.

Speaking of Crete-Monee: Former Warriors offensive tackle Matt Finnin (6-8, 330), who played this season for College of DuPage, has 16 D-I offers, the latest from Nebraska. Finnin had taken an official visit to Kansas and has scheduled officials to Oklahoma (Jan. 11) and West Virginia (Jan. 18).

Chicago his kind of town: Former Northern Illinois and new North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren has offered Morgan Park defensive ends Demetrius Cooper and Khairi Bailey. Cooper is orally committed to Michigan State.

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