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Football Recruiting: On, Wisconsin: Mount Carmel DL Kevin Thurmon gets offer from Badgers

KevThurm| Beth Long/For Sun-Times Media

Kevin Thurmon | Beth Long/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 11, 2014 6:36AM



Another offer is in for Mount Carmel defensive lineman Kevin Thurmon, and it’s from Wisconsin.

“I was excited when they offered,” Thurmon said, “and very happy, but I couldn’t have done it without God and my head coach, Frank Lenti, plus the rest of the coaching staff at Mount Carmel always making me better. My family was also very happy and proud of me, they said I have come a long way.”

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound prospect visited Madison, Wisconsin, and camped in Madison in June. After getting to know the coaches over the last month and a big performance at camp, he earned an offer from the Badgers.

“Wisconsin contacted me on Twitter and then sent me an official offer letter saying they were offering me a full ride,” Thurmon said.

Thurmon has additional offers from Eastern Michigan, Cincinnati, Bowling Green and Ball State.

Lyons RB Ross
picks Miami (Ohio)

Lyons running back Leonard Ross, a rising senior, announced his verbal commitment to Miami (Ohio) on Sunday.

Ross chose the RedHawks over offers from Northern Illinois, Nevada and Illinois. The big-bodied back took a few visits to campus, which he said is what swayed him to commit before his senior season.

“For one, the school is gorgeous, and from an academic standpoint there aren’t that many schools in the nation that can compete,” Ross said. “From a football standpoint, I truly believe that the new head coach, Chuck Martin, and his staff can rebuild a football program and bring it back to where it is supposed to be.”

Ross joins Marian Catholic quarterback Billy Bahl and Lakes offensive lineman Ryan Mullen as area prospects in the RedHawks’ Class of 2015.

“We have a lot of great recruits in the class so far and I know for a fact that when we all arrive at Miami we are going to make some noise,” Ross said.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Ross kept his family close by in the recruiting process, and they were just as excited as he was when he made his college choice.

“When I committed my dad told me he was proud of me, which meant a lot to me,” Ross said. “And my mom told me that as long as I am happy with the school I chose then she is happy, too.”

Scout.com national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu thinks Ross is a good fit for the RedHawks.

“Leonard is a good-size kid who is a long strider who covers a lot of ground,” Trieu said. “I think he has found a good fit at Miami, a program that will be on the rise. He will have a good opportunity to play there.”

DeKalb’s Brown enrolling early

DeKalb rising senior running back Dre Brown will enroll at Illinois in January and has signed his financial aid agreement solidifying the deal.

“It feels great. They were my first offer out of all the schools that were recruiting me,” Brown said. “I just decided to just be part of the family and start working so I could get there soon.”



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