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The first Big Ten offer is in for Stevenson junior wide receiver Cameron Green, from Illinois.

“Being recognized by the Big Ten feels great because they are one of the best conferences in the nation,” Green said. “Illinois is a great school and a great program so I am honored to receive an offer from them.”

The offer from Illinois comes after Green added his first offer from Toledo just a few days ago.

“I was jumping around with my mom and sister. We were going crazy about the offer when I received it because it was my first one,” Green said. “I had been talking to Toledo a lot and they had told me that they liked my film and all, so I was kind of expecting it.”

Green made the trip to Michigan State to watch the Spartans play over the weekend with fellow Stevenson wide receiver and MSU recruit Matt Morrissey and junior defensive lineman Nick Dillon.

Interest picking up for Sykes

FOXSports/ three-star linebacker Nile Sykes of Montini is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the state, and has offers from Illinois, Iowa State, Syracuse, Indiana and several others. But those schools aren’t the only schools that are on his radar.

“Recruiting is going great right now, new schools like Mississippi State, Northwestern, Missouri, and Wisconsin, they are all coming into the mix and wanting to see the film of my first few games,” Sykes said. “I haven’t decided on any visits yet, I have a couple games in mind but I plan on putting out where I will visit officially soon.”

In the meantime, Sykes is focused on helping Montini win its fifth straight Class 5A state title in a row - something that the transfer from Oak Park-River Forest wants to have a big hand in this season.

“I am just playing my butt off to get back to that point, to where we can win our fifth state title,” Sykes said.

Edwards hearing from plenty

Another one of the top junior prospects in the state, Downers North’s David Edwards has been pretty busy with recruiting since the summer started. Edwards added offers from Illinois, Indiana and Vanderbilt, but those aren’t the only schools that the FOXSports/ four-star quarterback has heard from in the past few weeks.

“I have heard from Michigan since then, and mostly Big Ten schools,” Edwards said. “Those schools that came in through the spring and winter, most of those same teams I have heard from.”

And looking back on the past several months, in which Edwards picked up his first three offers, he never would have expected his recruiting to pick up like it did.

“No, absolutely not, I didn’t even think I would play quarterback to be honest with you,” Edwards said. 

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