Beth Long’s football recruiting notebook

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Loyola’s Michael Bradley (45) and Jack Mullen (44) tackle Maine South’s Fotis Kokosioulis (41). Worsom Robinson/ For the Sun-Times.

As the playoffs heat up, so does recruiting for area prospects as Signing Day inches closer.

Big bodied safety Zyon Bell stands 6-3, 185-pounds and had a productive season for Bolingbrook.

“Recruiting is going well, I’ve been to visit the University of Illinois, Southern Illinois, Grand Valley State and Saginaw Valley State so far,” Bell said. “Then next week I’m visiting Northern Michigan. I’ll also visit the University of Indianapolis.”

Bell learned several lessons about his own game this season that he hopes to translate onto his senior film for recruiters to see.

“Hopefully the coaches can see my body of work in film so they can recognize that I’m an athlete that can be used all over the field defensively,” Bell said.

Bolingbrook finished 4-5 on the season, but four of the losses were to Super 25 opponents.

“I learned that I can play at the highest level in this game, because we played some of the best teams in the state,” Bell said.

Mitch Lewis has three

Two-sport standout Mitch Lewis of Naperville North is adding offers in football and also has interest on the basketball court. As a tight end, the 6-6, 220-pound athlete has three offers.

“Recruiting is going really well,” Lewis said. “About two weeks ago I received my first football offer and now I’m at three. I’m hoping to keep adding to that. South Dakota, Missouri State, Wyoming have offered.”

Adding the first offer was a memorable feeling for Lewis.

“It was really nice,” Lewis said. “It felt like some hard work payed off. Also it was nice to get my first one because it opens a lot of doors.”

Tight end is a new position for Lewis, who played receiver until this season.

“I like playing tight end a lot,” Lewis said. “I love to block and then I also get to go out and catch passes. It took some time getting use to it and learning it.”

Fotis Kokosioulis gaining momentum

Maine South running back Fotis Kokosioulis has been turning heads on the gridiron all season, extending his streak of games with a touchdown to 19. With that has come an increase of recruiting interest for the 5-9, 170-pound junior.

“I can play with anybody,” Kokosioulis said. “Even though people question my size I know I can succeed against any opponents. I’m an all-around back.”

Possible visits for Kokosioulis would be to Pennsylvania, Indiana State, Princeton, and Columbia and he’s receving interest from plenty of others, including Northern Illinois.

“I hope to get a lot more activity as time goes on,” Kokosioulis said. “One of my dream schools is Northwestern. Overall I’m happy to be getting some interest, but a little more would be great.”

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