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Wheaton North quarterback Clayton Thorson brushes off Glenbard North's Alex Smith. | Patrick Gleason ~ For Sun-Times Media

With the move of former Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren to North Carolina State, the Wolfpack has made strides in the Chicago area, offering several top prospects.

One of the newest offers went out to Wheaton North junior quarterback Clayton Thorson.

“One thing I like about North Carolina State is that Phillip Rivers went there, which is pretty impressive,” Thorson said. “I also like coach Doeren and have a relationship with him from when he was at Northern Illinois, I am interested to learn more about them in the coming weeks.”

Others to add Wolfpack offers include Mount Carmel junior defensive lineman Enoch Smith Jr., senior defensive linemen Glenbard West’s Ruben Dunbar, Julien’s Demetrious Cooper and Morgan Park’s Khairi Bailey.

Fumagalli eyes big decision

North Carolina State also made quite an impression on Wisconsin commit and Waubonsie Valley senior tight end Troy Fumagalli.

“I am still committed to Wisconsin but keeping an open mind in the recruiting process,” Fumagalli said. “I plan on taking an official visit to North Carolina State at this point.”

The senior will head to Raleigh Jan. 11 for an official visit.

“I am excited to see the campus and the facilities and to hopefully meet some recruits,” Fumagalli said. “I think I will make my choice towards the end of January when I know more about the situation.”

But Fumagalli remains committed, and has his eye on the Badgers as they make strides towards hiring a new coach.

“I talked with Coach Ben Strickland Sunday who is the defensive backs coach,” Fumagalli said. “We talked about things and where everyone is at, he talked to me about how no matter who stays or who goes Wisconsin football is always going to stay the same.”

Northwestern draws top recruits

Several of Chicagoland’s top juniors visited Northwestern for Saturday’s bowl practice, including Bolingbrook defensive back Parrker Westphal.

“It was a good visit,” Westphal said. “I was able to sit in with Coach Jerry Brown, the defensive back coach, during position meetings plus I got to speak with Coach Pat Fitzgerald for a while.

“He is a very enthusiastic person and he went over the educational resources and future opportunities that Northwestern has to offer, as well as the expectations that they have of their players,” Westphal said.

Another junior on hand was Marist tight end Nic Weishar.

“I loved the intensity of the coaching staff,” Weishar said. “And how everything that they do is up tempo.”

10-yd TD catch by Troy Fumagalli

INT by Parrker Westphal

20-yd TD catch by Nic Weishar

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