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

Several of the area’s top prospects visited Big Ten schools over the weekend, including De La Salle offensive lineman Jamarco Jones and Plainfield South linebacker Clifton Garrett who both visited Ohio State.

“It was a great visit,” he said. “I liked being able to meet the players and having a chance to stay on campus to see what it’s like.”

Jones continued, “They were just saying that they really like me and are going to continue to recruit me hard.”

Another top prospect who took a visit this weekend was Bolingbrook defensive back Parrker Westphal to Michigan on Sunday.

“We left at 5 A.M. to get up to Michigan,” Westphal said. “During the visit we got to speak with some of the coaches and go to the basketball game. I also got to speak with some of the commits while on campus.”

Westphal has visited Michigan several times before and has an offer from the Wolverines.

Offensive lineman to watch

Several Chicago-area offensive lineman have seen their recruiting take off in a big way.

St. Charles North junior Chase Gianacakos picked up his first offer from Kansas on a junior day visit.

“I was very surprised about getting my first offer and I was very excited,” Gianacakos said. “I mean I probably had the biggest smile on my face, plus I had a very good time on the visit.”

Glenbard West’s Eric Shute also picked up an offer during an unofficial visit to North Carolina State.

“What I liked most about the visit was the football center,” Shute said. “I really liked how it looked over the football stadium. Really I just liked everything about N.C. State.”

The Wolfpack are the third school to offer Shute, along with Illinois and Toledo.

Thorson on two more

Wheaton North junior quarterback Clayton Thorson is into double digit offers, and added the latest two from Kansas and Boston College.

“Kansas is impressive because they have a great offense with Charlie Weis as the head coach,” Thorson said. “And Boston College is historically an awesome school and the new coaching staff seems like they will have success in the coming years.

“My timetable for committing is probably before next season, and maybe before the summer,” Thorson said.

First offers in

St. Francis freshman quarterback Justin Berry added his first offer from Temple. Plus Neuqua Valley wide receiver Mike Dudek and Evergreen Park receiver Jacquet McClendon received their first offers from North Dakota.

INT by Parrker Westphal

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