NIU is first school to offer a scholarship. Illinois, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt also make offers.


Things move quickly in college football recruiting.

During visits to Northern Illinois and Wisconsin last weekend, Rochester High School junior Garret Dooley received scholarship offers from both schools. Vanderbilt called with one Monday. After first making contact Monday, Illinois offered on Wednesday.

"It's only been six days since my first offer,'' Dooley said. "I've got four now. It's been a wild ride.''

Recruiters are looking at the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Dooley as an inside linebacker. He rushed for 1,209 yards, added 568 yards receiving and scored 29 touchdowns last fall for the Rockets, the Class 4A state champs. Dooley finished with 112 tackles. 

"It had been kind of stressful for me and my dad, him more than me,'' Dooley said. "I thought it would be awesome to talk to some coaches. My dad was freaking out. I said, 'Dad, you've got to calm down.' ''

Penn State and Iowa are also showing interest in Dooley, who is working on a trip next week to Illinois because he's unable to attend the Illinois junior day on Sunday.

Peoria Richwoods running back Kendrick Foster, the Peoria Journal-Star big school player of the year, will make the trip to Illinois for junior day with teammate Tyler Brown, an offensive linemen, said Richwoods coach Roland Brown. Both players will visit Purdue Saturday.

Foster already made trips to Wisconsin, Iowa and Ohio State, Roland Brown said. The 5-8, 190-pound Foster, who has an offer from Illinois State, added more than 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason after rushing for 2,421 yards and scoring 33 touchdowns. Tyler Brown is a 6-3, 270-pounder.

Peoria Central tight end/defensive end Josh Augusta already received an scholarship offer from Illinois.

Jacksonville defensive end Dalton Keene is a 6-5, 260-pounder who attended a junior day at Iowa and will visit Illinois on Sunday. Wisconsin, Vanderbilt and Nebraska also showed interest, Jacksonville coach Mark Grounds said. Central Michigan has indicated an offer will come on a visit in April.

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