Wheaton Warrenville South scored a 48-16 victory over Chicago Dunbar in the first round of the IHSA playoffs on Friday. This Friday's date with Downers Grove North is not expected to be as easy.
One of the Tigers' key players in junior Tommy Vitale, an athletic linebacker who says last year's disappointment pushed the team to do better this year.
"This year was a rebuilding year for South. Last year we were 4-5 and didn't make the playoffs, so this offseason, we worked real hard in the weight room, pushing every week trying to get to the state game and going week by week.
With a long, 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame and good speed, Vitale is looking like a player colleges will be interested in. He is just beginning the process though, so he has not heard from a large number of schools yet.
"I just started sending out my highlight tape recently. I had a response from Northern Illinois and they asked me to come to a game later this season."
Another school who has been in contact is Northwestern, where his brother Dan is a superback.
"I have been to a few of my brother's games both last year and this season. It was hard to get to them this season, because we have films on Saturday morning, but it is a cool atmosphere, one I'd love to play in in college."
At this point, the younger Vitale is hoping his tape generates more interest, and is not being picky about who that interest would come from.
"Anything right now. I'd just love to play at the next level. Big Ten and MAC schools are mostly who we have sent the tape to."