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Waubonsie Valley's Austin Guido runs during their state quarterfinal game at Neuqua Valley High School on Saturday, November 10, 2012. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media
With college football’s Feb. 6 signing date fast-approaching, the recruiting wheels continue to turn for area players.
The Beacon-News Player of the Year, Waubonsie Valley running back Austin Guido, remains uncommitted, but is still drawing interest from new Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck.
Former Broncos coach Bill Cubit had interest in Guido before he was fired after the final game of the 2012 season. Fleck, of course, is the former Kaneland standout who was an unheralded Northern Illinois recruit who made good for former Huskies coach Joe Novak. Western Michigan has not extended an offer to Guido at this time.
“Austin is visiting there (Kalamazoo, Mich.) this weekend,” Waubonsie Valley coach Paul Murphy said of his 5-foot-10, 195-pound senior who rushed for 2,365 yards last season. “P.J. really likes him but doesn’t know how his numbers are gonna work out. I should know more after this weekend.
Meanwhile, the Warriors’ Wisconsin verbal commit, tight end Troy Fumagalli, is being recruited hard by former NIU coach Dave Doeren, now at North Carolina State.
“P.J. said, ‘I think we’ve got another P.J. we can recruit (in Guido).’ I told him, ‘You should know.’ They have five senior running backs on the roster for next year but not much after that, so they’re looking to bring in some young running backs.”
Fumagalli committed to Wisconsin last fall after receiving a scholarship offer from coach Bret Bielema, who has since moved on to Arkansas and been replaced by former Utah State coach Gary Andersen.
“(Fumagalli) visited North Carolina State and Dave Doeren had a home visit last night with Troy, and Gary Andersen is visiting him tonight,” Murphy said. “Doeren has seven coaches who were either with him at Northern or Wisconsin on his staff.”
Matt Canada, who served as Doeren’s offensive coordinator his first year at NIU, has rejoined Doeren after spending this past season as the OC at Wisconsin.
“The school (Wisconsin) is great, but it’s important for Troy to learn how he’ll fit in with the system the new coach plans to run,” Murphy said.
Waubonsie Valley linebacker Austin Lacke has scheduled visits this weekend and next for Butler and Dayton, and Guido is also speaking with Dayton.
Oswego coach Brian Cooney reports Brett Wainwright and Mickeel Stewart have made verbal commitments to scholarship offers from St. Cloud and Bemidji State, which are both NCAA Division II schools in Minnesota.
Wainwright stepped up this past season as the Panthers’ quarterback and also played defensive back. He was a wide receiver his junior year.
“His quarterback days are over, but he knew that,” Cooney said. “He has a nose for the football and is a hard hitter on the defensive side, but he also has great receiving skills and could be a good slot receiver.”
Stewart was a Class 7A All-State selection who ran for 1,355 yards.
Oswego senior wideout Jack Kwiatkowski, a three-time Beacon-News All-Area selection, is scheduled to visit Truman State — a Division II school in Missouri — this weekend, Cooney said.
Defensive back Jamaal Richardson has interest from several programs and continues to consider schools with strong academic programs like Yale, Butler and Dayton.
The website mlive.com is also reporting that Fleck and Western Michigan have received verbal commitments from two area players, Romeoville outside linebacker Caleb Bailey and Wheaton Warrenville South wide receiver Corey Davis.
Bailey chose Western after a visit last weekend and had seven offers from programs that included MAC schools Northern Illinois, Toledo, Ball State, Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio) and Eastern Michigan as well as Wyoming.
Davis is the younger brother of Titus Davis, who is a receiver at MAC rival Central Michigan.