Beth Long’s weekly recruiting roundup


Bolingbrook junior linebacker Tuf Borland is one of the most sought-after recruits in Illinois.

On Friday, the four-star prospect ended his college search.

Borland gave a verbal commitment to Ohio State while on a visit to watch the spring game.

Borland was one of six recruits to give a commitment to the defending national champions over the weekend.

He announced his commitment via Twitter: ‘‘Extremely excited to say I’ve decided to attend The Ohio State University.’’

Borland received an offer on his previous visit during Ohio State’s junior day and was intrigued enough to put the Buckeyes at the top of his list.

‘‘My favorite part of the visit was probably being able to see more of the social and academic side of things,’’ Borland said. ‘‘I was already up for a game prior to the visit, so I hadn’t really seen all that before.

“I actually got to spend two hours sitting down with [defensive coordinator Luke Fickell] during the junior day in his office, so I got to know him a lot better as a person. Then also from a philosophy standpoint, we talked some football.’’

Borland had 110 tackles, four sacks, an interception and a forced fumble, earning Sun-Times All-Area honors last season.

Phillips’ Jones commits to Illinois

Phillips junior Amani Jones ended his recruiting process, committing to Illinois on Thursday.

Jones committed to the Illini while viewing practice.

‘‘I am honored just to be looked at by my in-state school,’’ Jones said. ‘‘[Illinois coach Tim] Beckman told me, ‘If you want to be great, you have to make changes, not just for yourself, but for your family, your community.’ That helped me think about Illinois.”

The three-star linebacker is one who can make a difference for -Illinois’ defense, according to national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu.

‘‘Jones is a big hitter who strikes ballcarriers violently,’’ Trieu said. ‘‘He explodes through his tackles, has good closing speed and plays with aggressiveness and is always in attack mode.’’

Jones helped lead the Wildcats to the Class 4A state championship game last season.

Wisconsin bids for Panasiuk

Lake Park’s Mike Panasiuk added an offer from Wisconsin after visiting Madison.

The Badgers joined a list of offers that includes Penn State, Iowa and Iowa State for the 6-4, 285-pound defensive lineman.

‘‘I like the campus. It’s awesome.’’ Panasiuk said. ‘‘The football tradition that Wisconsin has would be awesome to actually play for.

‘‘My favorite part about the visit was seeing the campus and being able to be around practice to watch what the coach teaches and looks for.’’

The three-star recruit received an up-close look of the Badgers’ defensive-line drills and came away impressed.

‘‘Seeing the defensive line, they get after it,’’ Panasiuk said. “They know how to have a fun time but get the job done.’’

Hoffman Estates Cleveland adds two moreTwo more offers are in for Hoffman Estates junior Dante Cleveland.Austin Peay and Ball State offered scholarships to the 6-3, 240-pound tight end who holds an offer from Army.

“It was really nice because it allows me to keep my options open and I was happy about them,” Cleveland said.Although Cleveland has mostly lined up at tight end, most colleges are looking at him as a defense lineman, a challenge that he embraces.“I am trying to show my versatility as a tight end and also at defensive end,” Cleveland said. “And also being able to move inside whether it is on the line on offense or even on defense.”

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