Big-time recruits among top players in DuPage County

  • Naperville Central junior quarterback Sam Jackson has committed to play college football at Minnesota.

      Naperville Central junior quarterback Sam Jackson has committed to play college football at Minnesota. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Updated 8/12/2019 6:19 PM

Naperville Central junior quarterback Sam Jackson committed to Minnesota in February but the scholarship offers keep flooding in.

Jackson believes he owes it to himself to keep his options open.


"When colleges come in, I just put on a show for them," said Jackson, whose offers include Missouri, Virginia Tech, Iowa State and others. "I'm still committed to Minnesota. This is just showing me other teams have interest in me. I've been in communication with Minnesota, but I've taken visits and I'm talking to coaches. It's going to be a tough decision."

For Wheaton North senior linebacker Xander Mueller, the decision was obvious. As soon as Northwestern offered, he put aside his 15 other offers and firmly committed to join older brother Erik with the Wildcats.

"I was waiting for that offer," Mueller said. "Since Erik started saying that was his top school, that became the place I wanted to go. I'm super excited."

Record-breaking Wheaton Warrenville South senior kicker Jack Olsen defied the norm for his position by attracting a slew of early college attention. In the off-season he committed to Michigan State.

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Jackson, sophomore receiver Reggie Fleurima, a transfer from Naperville North whose offers include Illinois, Missouri, Virginia Tech, Minnesota and Cincinnati, and the Redhawks' offense got a recent boost when Illinois-bound receiver Jadon Thompson transferred in from Marist.

Benet defensive lineman Jacob Snell and Montini receiver Nate Muersch both committed to Miami of Ohio.

Among other top uncommitted DuPage County players, Glenbard West senior linebacker Greyson Metz boasts Iowa among his 16 offers.

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