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A relative newcomer to the area recruiting scene, rising senior Andrejas Duerig transferred into Mount Carmel from Indiana and has verbally committed to Syracuse.

‘‘It was really just how great the education and the staff as a whole was — they are beyond great,’’ Duerig said. ‘‘It is a lot like Mount Carmel, where the atmosphere is educational and has family values along with football.’’

It was the first time Duerig (6-4, 280) had seen Syracuse’s campus.

‘‘I love the mixture of all the new and old buildings — it’s very nice,’’ Duerig said. ‘‘I like how it is on a hill and it’s just an overall beautiful facility.’’

Thurmon has four

Mount Carmel defensive lineman Kevin Thurmon has picked up offers from Cincinnati, Ball State, Bowling Green and Austin Peay.

‘‘I actually didn’t think that I would have this much interest,’’ Thurmon said. ‘‘A year ago I used to look at Enoch [Smith Jr.] and Steve [Richardson] and look at the offers they had, and I wanted to work hard and get as good as them to get offers. And thanks to God, I got some offers.’’

Austin Peay was the first school to make an offer to Thurmon.

‘‘It was my first offer, and I knew from there I would start to build on, so I was very happy,’’ Thurmon said. ‘‘The second one was Bowling Green and Ball State — they were in the same day. It was a camp when both of them offered me.’’

Other news

Former Joliet Catholic running back Malin Jones announced via Facebook that he will transfer from Northwestern to Louisville.

Another former area prospect, three-star running back Matt Domer of Mount Carmel, was denied admission to Illinois but still plans to play for the Illini. In the meantime, he will enroll in Parkwood Community College.

‘‘I still want to play for Illinois, and I wanted to still be down here and get out of Chicago for many reasons,’’ Domer said, ‘‘mainly to keep a focus on my goal, which is to get back on the field. So I guess you can say there is something exciting about getting on the field.’’

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