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Libertyville’s Riley Lees has made up his mind on where he will play quarterback in college. The junior committed to Miami (Ohio) over Western Michigan, Ball State, Army and Wofford.

“The academics there are awesome and I love the school and just everything about it,” Lees said. “It just felt right and stood out to me.”

Lees combined to pass and run for over 3,300 yards and 45 touchdowns last season for the Wildcats. He was recruited to Miami as an athlete and position for the RedHawks is still to be determined.

“They have said [I could play] quarterback, receiver, safety, whatever they need,” Lees said.

Another selling point for Lees was Miami’s coach Chuck Martin. Lees believes that Martin will be able to sustain success for the program in the years to come.

“I just loved how [Martin] pushes to get the best out of you even if you didn’t know you could get there, and how straight up he is with you,” Lees said.

Matt Allen follows family tradition at Michigan State

Hinsdale Central’s Matt Allen will follow a family tradition at Michigan State after committing to the Spartans last month.

The junior center’s two older brothers, Jack and Brian, play at Michigan State. Jack, a junior, earned an All-Big Ten first team selection as the Spartan’s center last season, while Brian played guard and was named to the Freshman All-American team by the Football Writers Association of America and

“I was shocked and so happy to get my offer from Michigan State,” Matt said.

Matt sought advice from his two older brothers before deciding to committ to the Spartans.

“I tried to hint to them that I was gonna commit and they both said you have to make your own decisions,” Matt said. “Brian said, ‘you have to do what’s best for you.’ I have always wanted to go to Michigan State.”

Love adds Rutgers

Nazareth’s Julian Love added an offer from Rutgers over the weekend.

“I am a big academic guy and I love that Rutgers has a prestigious academic standard,” the three-star rated athlete said. “Also I love that they are a Big Ten program.”

Love, who rushed for 794 yards and 12 touchdowns in leading Nazareth to a Class 6A state title last season, is being recruited as a defensive back by the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers thinks that Love, a 2014 Sun-Times’ All-Area selection, fits well into its program.

“Rutgers said that they really like my playing style and that they could see me fitting into their schemes and style of play,”

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