INSIDE THE PRESS BOX: Football
Seven so far.
Loyola Academy, which took runner-up honors in Class 8A this past fall, had seven of its players make their college commitments official on Feb. 1.
The list included LA’s top two receivers. All-stater Jake Marwede, the DailyNorthShore.com Player of the Year, signed his national letter of intent with Duke University, while David Terrell inked with Howard University.
Others on the list include two offensive linemen — all-stater Jack Badovinac (Colgate University) and John Brekke (College of the Holy Cross) — and two defensive standouts — cornerback Ian Swenson (University of Connecticut) and outside linebacker Mickey Kane (Butler University).
Standout quarterback Tommy Herion also is set to play at the next level. He will be a preferred walk-on at the University of Iowa.
New Trier: Two Trevians sealed their deals on Feb. 1. All-state quarterback Clay Czyzynski will take his talent to Army, while Max Rosenthal will play in the Big Ten. Rosenthal, an all-state linebacker, was signed by Michigan State to play fullback.
Lake Forest Academy: Kenan Clarke, a two-way star for the Caxys at running back and defensive back, will continue his athletic career at Cornell University, while linebacker/lineman Jake Cirame will head to the University of San Diego.
Lake Forest: Three Scouts have made their future intentions known. Defensive back Andrew Athenson will play Division III football at DePauw University. Running back Liam Pooler has been recruited by Division III Carthage College. And Andrew Goodwin will head to Augustana College.
Glenbrook South: All-conference lineman Jack Carasotti will play Division III football at Carthage College in Kenosha.
Highland Park’s Penick commits to Murray State
— Roy Stewart Stadium in Murray, Kentucky will be his new stage.
DJ Penick, who has been a show-stopping running back for Highland Park High School for the past two seasons, has verbally committed to play football at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.
“I felt at home on my visit there,” said Penick. “It’s the right fit for me. I see myself playing there.”
Penick chose Murray State over Tennessee-Martin and several other schools.
The Division I Racers, who compete in the Ohio Valley Conference, will be welcoming in an exciting player in the Penick.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back averaged 10.2 yards per carry during his senior season with the Giants. He finished with 1,718 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns.
For his efforts, Penick was named to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association (IHSFCA) Class 7A all-state team. He also was selected as the CSL North Offensive Player of the Year.
In addition to carrying the ball, Penick also starred on the defensive side of the ball. Setting up at outside linebacker, he recorded 44 tackles, four-and-a-half sacks, six tackles-for-loss and two forced fumbles.
Penick also is also a star wrestler for HP. He earned a sixth-place medal at 170 pounds at last year’s state wrestling meet.
His senior season on the mat has been impressive. Wrestling at 182 pounds, he currently has a 31-0 record. On Saturday, he recorded three pins on his way to being named the Central Suburban League Outstanding Wrestler.
LA’s Swenson plays in Blue-Grey All-American Bowl
— Loyola Academy senior cornerback Ian Swenson, a guy who has been wearing maroon and gold for the past four years, will be playing in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl.This prestigious game will be held in Jacksonville, Florida on Jan. 14 at 12 noon.
It will be televised on ESPN3.
Swenson, a two-year starter for the Ramblers, earned all-Chicago Catholic League honors this past fall. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound DB finished the season with 63 tackles, including two for losses, 10 pass breakups and three interceptions.
He is committed to play football at the University of Connecticut.