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Football recruiting: Richards’ Muhammad-Rogers gets offer from Illinois State

Richards' Hasan Muhammad-Rogers (8) runs ball against Argo Oak Lawn Saturday November 9 2013. | Jim Boyce/For Sun-Times Media

Richards' Hasan Muhammad-Rogers (8) runs the ball against Argo in Oak Lawn Saturday, November, 9, 2013. | Jim Boyce/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 27, 2014 6:21AM



Illinois State became the first school to extend a scholarship offer to Richards’ Hasan Muhammad-Rogers, something the strong-armed quarterback has been waiting for.

“It was a big relief when (I was offered) because I had just been thinking to myself, finally someone noticed what I have to offer as a quarterback,” Muhammad-Rogers said.

Muhammad-Rogers, a 5-11, 180-pounder, threw for more than 1,400 yards during the regular season for the Bulldogs. After Illinois State came calling, he added offers from Northern Iowa and North Dakota.

“I am excited for the opportunity to be playing in front of thousands of people,” Muhammad-Rogers said. “For one, the games are (exciting) in college, and also the competition level and getting to play against other great players, showing how good I really am.”

Illinois offers two linemen

Illinois was out in full force during the recruiting evaluation period, and two junior linemen were the beneficiaries. Lake Forest Academy defensive lineman Wesley Annan and Oak Park-River Forest offensive lineman Adam Lemke-Bell are the latest to add offers from the Illini.

Annan, a 6-5, 275-pound tackle, is excited about the prospect of playing football in Champaign.

“I’m glad to have the in-state offer from Illinois,” said Annan, who has additional offers from Rutgers, Maryland, Duke and Syracuse. “I’ve had good feedback from the coaches and the program is building. I’ll probably go down to visit with some family and friends.”

Lemke-Bell has seen a similar burst of success in his recruitment, picking up offers from Northwestern and Minnesota.

“Illinois is a great school academically,’’ he said. ‘‘I really like the coaches and the way they run the program over there. It would be a great place to play.”

Lemke-Bell, a 6-5, 265-pounder, also was excited about the offers from Northwestern and Minnesota.

“I’m thrilled about Northwestern. It’s a great academic school, and it’s only 45 minutes away,” Lemke-Bell said. “I’ve heard great things about coach Pat Fitzgerald and the coaches that have come in to evaluate me.”

Thornton adds a pair

Two more offers are in for Scout.com three-star wide receiver Leon Thornton of Montini. Nevada and New Mexico reached out to the speedster over the last week.

“I found out that I had the offers when I called both of the coaches the other day,” Thornton said. “I don’t know much about Nevada, but I really like their offense.

“I didn’t know (New Mexico was) recruiting me that much, but I want to look into what they have to offer.”

Thornton will visit Michigan State next weekend.



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