Afryl Has First Offer Coming

Afryl Has First Offer Coming

A varsity starter for the past two seasons, Niles West offensive lineman Shawn Afryl has established himself as one of the top prospects in Illinois this year. Recently, he scored a verbal offer, his first of any kind and has gone to several junior days. He talked about all that and more in this update.

Niles West's Shawn Afryl is still waiting. While some of the pressure of earning a first offer is off of him in the form of a verbal offer from Illinois, that relief will not be fully realized until the official paperwork comes in the mail.

"I have to contact Illinois, but they told me that when I met with them that they will offer me," he said, adding, "I went to their junior day on March 1st and they contacted my coach a couple weeks prior. telling him that they plan to offer me. I exchanged e-mails with them and they said they plan on offering a full ride. I came dowh on March 1st, got nice look at the campus. They said they like me on film, they've seen me at camp and the offensive line coach was real impressed."

Many schools have also liked what they've seen from the 6'3, 300-lb Afryl. He has been to several junior days recently and has received similarly positive feedback from those schools.

"Northern Illinois invited me to junior day as well, I went to Purdue the week before Illinois and I attended Wisconsin last week," he reported, "Purdue seemed pretty interested. They showed me lots of attention.

Afryl also liked what he saw from the Boilermakers, saying, "I liked it a lot. They presented the academic support real well. I like feeling I got from coaches, they are good people and I liked the campus for the most part. I got nice tour of facilities -- I liked it."

As for his trip to Madison, Afryl says he liked the visit, but was disappointed in one aspect of it.

"I attended Wisconsin last week and they're showing some interest and said they like it if I would attend the 1-day camp during the summer. It was nice and all that, but it felt rushed and I wasn't able to absorb the process as much, that was probably the only downside to Wisconsin."

Afryl is quick to mention academics at each of the schools he is considering and he paid close attention to the support staffs at each school he has visited. In fact, when it comes to making a college decision, the big lineman barely even mentions football as a factor.

"I'll probably want to major in sociology and U.S. history and maybe minor in political science. I want to become a high school teacher with my major and coach high school football as well. So I want to see how good [each school's] sociology and history departments are and the success of teachers after they graduate and the academic support."

That may be a lot to consider, but that does not mean Afryl wants to take his time.

"Ideally, I'd like to have a commitment to where I'm going by the time summer started or at least, before my first game. If I need to take more time to decide then I will definitely do that. It's my future and it's where I'm going to spend the next four or five years, so I want to make sure I make the right decision."

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