Beth Long’s football recruiting notebook

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Morgan Park senior tight end Antonio Alsup has interest from all over the Midwest and is a prospect that could put together a big senior season.

“I play tough, and I fight every play,” Alsup said. “I block every time I get on the field and I go for the ball, last year I only dropped one pass of 35. And I think I played mighty well. I play defense also so I try hard on both sides of the ball. I think I will end up playing offense because there are more coaches coming by to see me for offense. They are talking to me about the tight end spot and they say that they like what they see.”

He measures in at 6-4, 210 pounds and has most recently visited Indiana.

“Recruiting is going well,” Alsup said. “I was invited to Indiana for a game, and I have talked to Eastern Michigan and have gotten mail from Indiana and Iowa State.”

Neuqua Valley’s Owen Piche one to watch

Neuqua Valley junior wide receiver Owen Piche scored two touchdowns in Neuqua Valley’s win over Wheaton-Warrenville South Saturday, and he’s starting to see quite a bit of recruiting attention. He’s visited Iowa, and getting out and seeing the different campuses is something that Piche is excited about with the recruiting process starting to heat up.

“I’d say I’m just excited to get on campus and learn more about each program and get more of a feel for what college football is like.” Piche said.

Seeing the Hawkeyes gave Piche something to think about.

“Iowa’s coaching staff has been together in Iowa City for a really long time and that’s allowed them to establish a family feel,” Piche said. “I could tell their coaches really care about their players and I think the relationships between the two is very important”

Indiana is a school that Piche was excited to see as well.

“My sister goes to Indiana so I’ve been there once or twice and the campus is beautiful,” Piche said. “I don’t know much about their football program but that’s more of a reason to visit. I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s like on game day.”

Top prospects left on the board

There are several uncommitted and highly rated senior prospects remaining on the recruiting board. Scout Recruiting three-star Oswego quarterback Steven Frank has offers from Boston College, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Wyoming, and Miami Ohio among others.

One school he is waiting on an offer from though is Iowa State. Frank took a recent visit to check out the Cyclones.

“They didn’t really make a timeline clear as to when they will have a decision but I am hoping they do soon,” Frank said.

Other seniors to watch are Homewood-Flossmoor offensive lineman Desmond Bland, a three-star prospect, Lake Forest Academy defensive lineman Thomas Schaffer, another three-star, and three-star defensive lineman Amir Watts of Phillips.

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