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Junior Benet quarterback Jack Beneventi has the Redwings sitting pretty at 4-0 on the season after a 30-6 win over defending state champions Crete-Monee. The FOXSports/ four-star quarterback’s recruiting is moving along even faster than the season.

Beneventi’s most recent visits were to Notre Dame and Illinois and he knew exactly what he was looking for.

“On visits, I am excited to meet more coaches and meet them as a person and see how they are going to develop me not as just a football player but as a man,” Beneventi said.

The 6-foot-6, 205 pound signal caller has offers from Illinois, Iowa, Notre Dame, Louisville and several others. Even though the football program is important, he is focusing on learning more about the program as a whole on visits this fall.

“I am looking at what they are going to do to build character, and if they are focused on school. Is that a big priority?” Beneventi said. “I think for me that is big to see. Also the students that I will be around and the players. Checking out their morals and character, that is big for me. I want to be around good people that way I can thrive in college with football and without it.”

Baggett adds new offer

New Mexico is the lastest school to offer Oak Park-River Forest defensive back Jamal Baggett.

“New Mexico is a great academic university that also competes in a very competitive conference in the Mountain West,” Baggett said. “Recruiting is going well, just taking my time with things right now. I plan on taking an official visit to New Mexico in December.”

Baggett has quite a few offers, including Miami of Ohio, North Dakota, Toledo and Western Michigan.

Allegretti receives honor

Lincoln-Way East senior offensive lineman Nick Allegretti will play in the U.S. Army All-American game after recently accepting an invite to the San Antonio based game.

“Being selected to the Army All-American Bowl is a huge honor that would not have been possible without the constant support of my teammates, and the help of my parents and coaches who worked very hard during the selection process,” Allegretti said. “I believe it is a testament to Lincoln-Way East and all the success that we have seen over the years.”

Allegretti is committed to Illinois and has helped Lincoln-Way East to a perfect 4-0 record on the season so far.

Senior visitors

The weekend was filled with high profile Chicagoland athletes taking college visits, including Niles Notre Dame senior running back Chris James who visited Wisconsin. Several area standouts visited Indiana as well, including Montini senior linebacker Nile Sykes.

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