Cary-Grove junior Michael Gomez has a more than usual to consider with his first NCAA Division I football scholarship offer.
Gomez, a 6-foot, 255-pound defensive tackle, spoke to Army coach Jeff Monken last week and was told that the Black Knights wanted to make him an offer.
Army’s offer is different than most because students who receive appointments to service academies do not actually receive scholarships, because students are not charged tuition or room and board at academies. Basically, Gomez would receive an athletic nomination to the Army and would not have to get his appointment through a Congress person’s recommendation.
“We talked on the phone and they said they’re coming in the next week or so (to visit),” Gomez said. “Coach Monken said he looked at my tape and saw what I could do.”
Gomez was a starting offensive lineman on C-G’s 2012 Class 6A state runner-up team and a defensive line starter on last year’s 7-4 team that lost in the second round. Gomez was a Northwest Herald all-area first-team selection both seasons.
Gomez already is weighing the pros and cons of attending an academy, which has strict discipline and a four-year commitment after graduation.
“It’s honestly one of the biggest things in my decision-making,” Gomez said. “You can’t beat a West Point education and the opportunity to go somewhere like that is unreal.”
Gomez suffered a slight MCL tear in his right knee toward the end of wrestling season, but has rehabilitated the knee and said it feels strong again. He plans on some one-day camps this summer and liked D-II Winona (Minn.) State when he visited that school.
“I get overlooked for my height,” Gomez said. “I hope this offer might help things pick up a little bit. My height is the one thing I can’t control.”
Wolves to Vikings: Prairie Ridge center Bennett Tomlin and linebacker Danny Giffels will remain teammates next year at D-III Augustana College in Rock Island.
Giffels (5-11, 215) and Tomlin (6-0, 270) both were all-area second-team selections for the Wolves, who were 7-5 and advanced to the Class 6A playoff quarterfinals.
Tomlin, Shane Evans (Northern Illinois) and linebacker Colin Leverenz (NAIA St. Ambrose) were sophomore starters on Prairie Ridge’s Class 6A state championship team in 2012 and started for three seasons. Giffels was a two-year starter.
Miller to LaCrosse: Harvard senior Tate Miller will continue his football career at D-III Wisconsin-LaCrosse next season. Miller (6-2, 215) led the Hornets’ Class 4A playoff quarterfinal team with 134 tackles and was an all-area first-team selection.
Miller, who also plays baseball and played basketball, was an Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 4A all-state pick.
Vogel to Rose Hulman: Marengo pitcher-first baseman Justin Vogel will play baseball next year at D-III Rose Hulman in Terre Haute, Ind.
Vogel is left-handed and has been one of the Indians’ top pitchers and hits in the middle of their lineup.
Fusion girls moving on: Club Fusion Volleyball will send three more of its players on to college teams next season.
Huntley outside hitter Erin Lyman will continue her volleyball career at D-II Philadelphia University this fall. Lyman is 5-9 and received all-area honorable-mention status last season.
Crystal Lake Central setter Sydney Nelson will play volleyball next season at D-III Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. Nelson (5-9) had some D-II offers, but chose Lawrence because she felt the school was a better fit for her academically.
Prairie Ridge setter Taylor Otto will play at NJCAA Rock Valley College this fall. Otto (5-8) is the daughter of Prairie Ridge coach Stefanie Otto and was an all-area second-team pick.
Damato to Dubuque: Dundee-Crown pitcher Vince Damato will play his college baseball at D-III University of Dubuque next year.
Miller to North Central: Huntley golfer Glenn Miller will continue his career at D-III North Central College in Naperville next year.