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updated: 12/20/2016 1:12 PM

Palatine's Oles bound for Butler

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  • Palatine senior quarterback Zach Oles looks downfield against Notre Dame during the first round of Class 8A football playoffs in Palatine. On Monday, Oles announced he'd play his college football at Butler University.

      Palatine senior quarterback Zach Oles looks downfield against Notre Dame during the first round of Class 8A football playoffs in Palatine. On Monday, Oles announced he'd play his college football at Butler University.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

Palatine senior quarterback Zach Oles has secured a football future at Butler University.

The captain of the Daily Herald's Northwest all-area team the last two seasons revealed his choice Monday by tweeting, "Excited and honored to say I have committed to play football at Butler University!"

Oles wrapped up a stellar career at Palatine in the fall. He led the Pirates to an unbeaten regular season as both a passing and rushing threat as Palatine repeated as Mid-Suburban West champs.

A broken collarbone in the first round of the playoffs ended Oles' season, but Palatine still advanced to the Class 8A semifinals.

Oles finishes as Palatine's third all-time leading passer with 4,080 yards and 37 touchdowns. He also managed to climb into third place on the all-time rushing list with 1,755 yards and 34 TDs.

Butler, which typically recruits effectively in suburban Chicago, finished 4-7 this year. The Bulldogs' 2016 roster included offensive lineman Jake Plantz (Fremd) along with multiple players from Batavia, Carmel and Lake Zurich.

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