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Dooley Sticking With Wisconsin

Standout Rochester senior linebacker Garret Dooley committed to Wisconsin in February.

“Since Coach Bret Bielema left Wisconsin several other schools have contacted me like Purdue and Penn State,” Dooley said. “Penn State has actually offered since then.”

He added, “I’ve taken my official visit to Wisconsin and not sure if I will take one anywhere else.”

Even with all the changes, Dooley remains a Badger.

“I am still really set on Wisconsin and I don’t think anything will change that,” Dooley said.

And as for Wisconsin’s new coaching staff — Dooley likes them too.

“I have only spoken to Coach Gary Andersen so far and I really like him,” Dooley said. “He is a defensive guy so that’s something we have in common.”

Kolbe Nabs First

Toledo offered Naperville Central 2014 quarterback Jake Kolbe, at a pretty opportune time.

“Coach Louis Ayeni from Toledo contacted me through Facebook,” Kolbe said. “They let me know they were going to offer me on Christmas.”

He added, “I would say the offer was at the top of my Christmas presents.”

Kolbe hasn’t visited Toledo yet, but knows he likes the Rockets offense.

“I like that they run a spread type offense,” Kolbe said. “But they seem to have the quarterback throw more than they have him run. I would probably call myself more of a passing quarterback than a runner, so I feel like I would fit in.”

Shute Adds In-State Offer

Illinois is an offer that Glenbard West 2014 offensive lineman Eric Shute won’t soon forget.

“I was pretty excited about getting the offer from Illinois because it’s my first Big Ten offer,” Shute said. “And hopefully I will have a few more soon enough.”

There are plenty of things that Shute likes about the hometown Illini.

“I like the school and they do have a fairly high powered offense,” Shute said. “That’s something I am interested in. And of course the fact that we won the state title on their field isn’t bad either.”

Shute also has an offer from Toledo and has visited the Rockets.

“I went to Toledo junior day and it was a lot of fun watching their bowl game practice,” Shute said. “I think I will also go to Illinois junior day.”

The Hitters lineman has heard from one more school, who is making a surge in the Midwest.

“North Carolina State has been talking to me, and I will keep in touch with them,” Shute said. “A bunch of the coaches that I knew from Northern Illinois are there now.”

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