Cary-Grove OL Ruhland picks up offer from Cal-Berkeley
Trevor Ruhland is accustomed to getting recruiting mail from all over the country.
Now, the scholarship offers are starting to follow.
The Cary-Grove junior offensive lineman picked up an offer from Cal-Berkeley on Friday, his second in the past three days. Ruhland received an offer from Bowling Green on Wednesday.
Cal becomes the 10th school to offer Ruhland, who has received scholarship offers from Northwestern, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois and Purdue along with Northern Illinois, Bowling Green, Duke and Elon (N.C.).
He recently visited Notre Dame and has a visit planned to Michigan State this month.
While Ruhland has said staying close to home would be a priority, Friday's offer from the Bears clearly impressed him.
"I'm really excited – what a great school," Ruhland said in a text message. "Truly blessed."
– Jeff Arnold
IHSA delays decision on Rockford Jefferson until Friday
The Illinois High School Association still may take disciplinary action against members of the Rockford Jefferson boys basketball team, but what extent that reaches won't be announced until Friday morning.
The IHSA was scheduled to announce its decision on Thursday regarding the players who were involved in a postgame brawl in Jefferson's 51-49 Class 4A regional semifinal victory over rival East on Tuesday night. As of Wednesday, IHSA officials were still reviewing video footage of the fight, which started immediately after the game ended.
A Rockford district spokewoman said on Thursday that the IHSA informed the district that its decision regarding discipline taken against players wouldn't be announced until Friday. Jefferson is scheduled to face top-seeded Huntley at 7 p.m. Friday in the regional championship game at Belvidere North.
Huntley athletic director Michelle Jakubowski said she had spoken with the IHSA Thursday morning but hadn't heard from the state office after that discussion. Jakubowski said she doesn't expect to be notified of the decision, but doesn't think punishment will involve forcing Jefferson to forfeit Friday's game.
"I guess anything could happen, but we're expecting to play the game," Jakubowski said. "We're practicing and getting ready to face (Jefferson)."
The Rockford spokeswoman said that the district had handed down disciplinary action to students on Wednesday. The district is declining to specify what that punishment was or how many students were disciplined. District 206 athletic director Mat Parker was not available for comment Thursday afternoon.
The district's student of conduct outlines a 5-10 day school suspension for "fighting 1" while "fighting 2" or "group violence" carries a 10-day suspension.
Cary-Grove OL Ruhland picks up Bowling Green offer
As of late, Trevor Ruhland's recruiting path had run almost exclusively through Big Ten country.
On Wednesday, another Mid-American Conference school made their a for the Cary-Grove junior offensive lineman.
Bowling Green became the latest Division I school to offer a scholarship to the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Ruhland. The Ohio-based school is the second MAC school to offer Ruhland, joining Northern Illinois.
Ruhland's list of scholarship choices now includes eight schools including five from the Big Ten – Nebraska, Northwestern, Minnesota, Illinois and Purdue. Ruhland also has offers from Duke and Elon (N.C.) University.
Ruhland made a visit to Notre Dame over the weekend and said in a text message the visit was good, adding he had "alot of fun" and encountered "good people out there." He told the Northwest Herald's Joe Stevenson Tuesday night that he planned to return to South Bend for another visit.
"I like it a lot," Ruhland said in the text message Wednesday night.
Ruhland is also scheduled to visit Michigan State later this month. He said last month that a close proximity to home will factor into his decision.
- Jeff Arnold
IHSA investigating Rockford Jefferson-East brawl
A spokesman for the Illinois High School Association said Wednesday afternoon that state officials are investigating a postgame brawl that occurred after Tuesday night's Rockford Jefferson-East Class 4A Regional semifinal game.
Jefferson captured a 51-49 win on a last-second shot and will play Huntley in Friday's 7 p.m. regional championship game at Belvidere. Rockford school officials told reporters that four police officers will be present at the game.
The brawl broke out immediately after the game and spilled into various spots on the floor and around the gymnasium. Media reports from Rockford indicated that the fight began while players from the two rival schools were shaking hands and said an estimated 40-50 people came out of the stands.
IHSA spokesman Matt Troha said his office is currently looking at video of the incident and trying to piece together what happened.
District 205 athletic director Mat Parker told reporters on Wednesday that the district's director of security met with administration officials for four hours Wednesday. He said district officials reviewed four different pieces of video and took statements from 40 people.
"Clearly from the district's standpoint, the behavior was unacceptable," Parker said in an opening statement to reporters. "We had a great contest with terrific ending. Unfortunately, what occurred after the game was completely unacceptable. This goes against everything that is taught and preached to student-athletes."
He called the incident a "very abnormal event" and said he had spoken with IHSA assistant executive director Kurt Gibson multiple times on Wednesday.
Troha said the incident would be treated the same as far as disciplinary action goes as if the fight took place during the game. He said most likely, the school would suggest disciplinary action and the IHSA would determine if anything further needed to happen.
"Right now, we're just working with the schools to try and gather some information and some video and determining what occurred and who was involved," Troha said.
Troha did not want to put a timeline on when a final decision would be made, but hopes to something figured out by Thursday afternoon.
– Jeff Arnold
Huntley tries for first crossover placement game win
Huntley will have no shortage of motivation when it plays at Grayslake Central at 7 p.m. Friday.
– Joe Stevenson