Football: Lincoln-Way East’s Nick Allegretti accepts invitation to U.S. Army All-American Bowl
By Beth Long FoxSports NEXT September 23, 2013 10:26PM
Lincoln-Way East's Nick Allegretti (67). | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 25, 2013 6:19AM
Lincoln-Way East senior offensive lineman Nick Allegretti recently accepted an invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 in San Antonio.
‘‘Being selected ... is a huge honor that would not have been possible without the constant support of my teammates and the help of my parents and coaches, who worked very hard during the selection process,’’ Allegretti said. ‘‘I believe it is a testament to Lincoln-Way East and all the success that we have seen over the years.’’
Allegretti is committed to Illinois and has helped Lincoln-Way East to a 4-0 record.
Beneventi in demand
Benet junior quarterback Jack Beneventi has the Redwings sitting pretty at 4-0 after a 30-6 victory Friday against defending Class 6A state champion Crete-Monee. And his recruitment is moving along even faster than the season.
Beneventi’s most recent visits were to Notre Dame and Illinois, and he knew exactly what he was looking for.
‘‘On visits, I am excited to meet more coaches and meet them as a person and see how they are going to develop me not as just a football player but as a man,’’ Beneventi said.
The 6-foot-6, 205-pounder has scholarship offers from Illinois, Iowa, Notre Dame, Louisville and several other schools. But even though football is important, Beneventi said he’s focusing on learning more about the schools as a whole on his visits this fall.
‘‘I am looking at what they are going to do to build character and if they are focused on school,’’ Beneventi said. ‘‘For me, that is big to see. Also, the students that I will be around and the players. Checking out their morals and character, that is big for me. I want to be around good people. That way, I can thrive in college with football and without it.’’
Baggett adds new offer
Another scholarship offer is in for Oak Park-River Forest
defensive back Jamal Baggett: New Mexico.
‘‘New Mexico is a great academic university that also competes in a very competitive conference in the Mountain West,’’ Baggett said.
‘‘Recruiting is going well. I’m just taking my time with things right now. I plan on taking an official visit to New Mexico in December.’’
Baggett has received quite a few offers, including from Miami (Ohio), North Dakota, Toledo and Western Michigan.
The weekend was filled with high-profile Chicago-area athletes taking college visits, including Notre Dame senior running back Chris James visiting Wisconsin. Several area standouts visited Indiana, including Montini senior linebacker Nile Sykes.