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Carmel sophomore offensive lineman Sean Foster hasn’t wasted any time on the recruiting trail. The 6-8, 265-pound prospect has offers from Nebraska, Indiana and California — the first was from the Huskers.

“At first I was in like shock, ‘is this really happening to me,’” Foster said. “I didn’t expect it to happen this quick especially because I am just a sophomore and it is from such a big school. It was just an honor.”

Some of the feedback that Foster is getting from schools at this point has been largely positive.

“They told me they love my height and how lengthy I am and how much I weigh, plus how quick I get off the ball and how strong I was with my opponent,” Foster said.

Tears gets offers

Spencer Tears is the latest player from Richards to start receiving attention from Division I schools.

The junior wide receiver recently added offers from Nebraska, Purdue, Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Akron, and Toledo.

“Some of the offers were real surprising, because some of the colleges I have offers from I had never heard from before they offered,” Tears said. “Toledo was the first school to offer me. When they offered me I was ecstatic. I mean I was getting my first offer as a junior so it was surprising. All the offers have surprised me.”

Tears is rated as a three-star recruit by and is being praised for his speed, athleticism and length.

“The first Big Ten offers were surprising and nice too,” Tears said.

Northern pursues local recruits

Northern Illinois sent out several offers to Chicagoland prospects, including Bloom junior linebacker Kyle Pugh, Fenwick defensive back Aaron Garland and Mount Carmel defensive back Marquise Peggs.

For 6-foot, 212 pound Pugh, Northern Illinois was his first offer, and one he won’t forget.

“Everything was exciting about the first offer,” Pugh said. ”The hard work that I put in is finally paying off and that is what got me really excited. I wasn’t expecting it. I didn’t even know what to say next when they offered.”

There are several things he likes about the Huskies.

“I like that it is very family oriented and they take academics very seriously and they have a history of winning,” Pugh said.

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