A prospect colleges and fans of recruiting both need to know is Plainfield East's Cole Kotopka, a big, 6-foot-5, 230-pound quarterback who stepped up for his team this season.
"It was my first year on varsity," he said. "I think things went very well and the transition was good. I played two varsity sports, baseball and basketball, so I was more up to speed and the transition was good for football."
College attention is beginning to come Kotopka's way, and his recruitment is expected to continue heating up through the next few months.
"I've heard from a couple schools, Northern Illinois, Central Michigan, Indiana, and I've gotten letters from Vanderbilt and Nebraska. I went to NIU in the spring time last year and a game this fall and then Central Michigan last summer for a camp."
Kotopka's visit to Northern Illinois gave him a good feel for the Huskies.
"In general, I really like the school and I liked the atmosphere of the game. I was lucky it was Homecoming, so the student section was really into it. The facilities are nice, the football game in general was cool. I got to go into the locker room after and see them celebrate and see the weight room and the new indoor."
This summer, Kotopka hopes to camp at NIU along with Central Michigan and possibly Indiana and Illinois. Those schools should see an improved version of him based on the training he's going to be doing this off-season.
"Training wise, I'm going to Throw It Deep with Jeff Christiansen and I'm mostly work on footwork in the pocket and speed training with my coaches at the school."