Football: Crete-Monee’s Stringer gets offer from Western Michigan
BY BETH LONG FOXSports NEXT Twitter: @Beth_Long March 11, 2014 6:38PM
Crete-Monee's Omari Stringer and Benet's Ryan Parks go for the ball. | John Booz~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 13, 2014 6:35AM
Barely a month after the football recruiting period wrapped up for this year’s seniors, Mid-American Conference schools were focusing on local juniors last week.
Western Michigan was active in the Chicago area, offering Crete-Monee athlete Omari Stringer and Oak Park River Forest offensive lineman Adam Lemke-Bell scholarships. Stringer found out that he had the offer from the Broncos by talking to head coach P.J. Fleck.
“He told me how much they loved me as a person and a player,” Stringer said. “They said they want me to be a part of the family. And they loved my tape, so I was the perfect fit for what they are looking for.”
The offer surprised Stringer.
“I was speechless,” Stringer said. “I just thought to myself that I have come such a long way with all the adversity I have battled. I can just smile because I have been playing this game since the second grade and I never expected to be here. But I am so glad I am.”
Also targeting the Chicago area was Bowling Green. The Falcons offered Bolingbrook defensive end Micah Dew-Treadway, Lake Park defensive back Antonio Shenault and Grayslake North defensive back Titus Booker.
“First of all Bowling Green are the defending Mid-American Conference champions, so that is big,” Booker said. “And their coaching staff is very personal and works hard, so do their players, and I like that.”
The newest Cyclone
The first commit in the Iowa State 2015 class hails from Naperville Central: linebacker Bobby McMillen. The 6-2, 220-pound prospect put family first in his recruitment.
“They gave me so much support and were talking to me day in and day out and they were showing me lots of love,” McMillen said. “My dad said, ‘If you are taken (with) this place, then why not?’ The interest was mutual and it felt like a great fit.”
The McMillen family knows football: Bob McMillen, Bobby’s dad, is the former head coach of the Chicago Rush Arena Football League team and is currently head coach for the Los Angeles Kiss. Originally, McMillen was planning on waiting to commit until his whole family could be there. But he knew Saturday was the day after getting to Iowa State.
“I called my dad while I was on campus and told him I couldn’t wait any longer to commit,” McMillen said. “That is where I want to be. He told me he supported me 100 percent and I pulled head coach Paul Rhoads and coach Derek Day aside and told them I wanted to be a Cyclone.”
Scout.com national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu believes that with the same type of work ethic McMillen has displayed at Naperville Central, he definitely will be able to contribute for the Cyclones.
“He’s a heady player who always seems to be in good position and has the athletic tools to excel in coverage,” Trieu said. “He has to still get stronger, but he’s the type of kid who is going to work his way into the lineup.”