Naperville North senior quarterback Matt LaCosse became the latest DuPage County athlete to pick a college when last week he verbally committed to play football at the University of Minnesota.
Recruited as a tight end by the Golden Gophers, LaCosse's motivation to commit in the face of nine other offers fell in line with many other members of the Class of 2011 in football and basketball.
"I think all of us want to be able to just concentrate on our senior season," LaCosse said. "I was lucky that it just worked out perfectly for me. I wanted to get this decision done so I can put all my energy into this season."
LaCosse was actually the second Naperville North football player to commit this summer, joining two-way standout Nick Lifka, who in June committed to Boston College as a linebacker. Lifka weighed 13 offers, including one from Minnesota and an offer to play fullback at Louisiana State University.
"It's pretty exciting for both of us to have this decision made," LaCosse said. "We're both looking forward to a great year."
Defending Class 7A champion Wheaton Warrenville South also boasts a pair of early football commitments. Reilly O'Toole, one of the prized quarterbacks from the Class of 2011, made a verbal commitment to Illinois, while offensive lineman Luke Luhrsen committed to Kansas. Waubonsie Valley receiver Mark Szott committed to Northwestern.
Although many DuPage County football recruits have made their decisions, others are still weighing their options.
Glenbard West offensive lineman Jordan Walsh recently narrowed his list of schools to eight, including Northwestern, USC, UCLA, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Benet offensive lineman Pat Flavin is in a similar position with about 20 offers highlighted by half the Pac-10.
Football's not the only sport buzzing with recruiting activity.
In basketball Benet point guard Dave Sobolewski and center Frank Kaminsky - who led the Redwings to the Class 4A Hinsdale Central supersectional last season - recently made their college choices. While Sobolewski verballed to Northwestern, Kaminsky gave his commitment to Wisconsin.
Baseball recruiting should pick up later this summer and fall, but a few area athletes have made their decisions. Downers Grove South pitcher Nick Burdi committed to Louisville, York pitcher Ryan Hinchley's headed to Kentucky and Hinsdale Central's Matt Anderson committed to Illinois State.