Sportshorts for Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013
Bailey tops Illini recruiting haul
The most notable among Wednesday’s signees for the University of Illinois was Aaron Bailey, a four-star recruit from Bolingbrook.Bailey, son of the former NFL receiver by the same name, is rated as the No. 9 quarterback nationally by Rivals.com and the No. 4 player in the state. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder is expected to be in position to take over once Nathan Scheelhaase graduates.
The Illini’s haul is a positive sign, with two four-star recruits out of a class of 25 commitments, which includes Ottawa’s Michael Hermosillo, who is listed as a wide receiver.
Three five-star recruits pick Irish
Linebacker Jaylon Smith, running back Greg Bryant and safety Max Redfield led Notre Dame’s signing day arrivals, three five-star prospects pacing a class that is set to challenge for a top 5 spot nationally.
Smith, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 212-pounder from Ft. Wayne, Ind., was ranked as the nation’s No. 3 player in the most recent Rivals rankings. Bryant, a 5-foot-11, 197-pound back from Delray Beach, Fla., was No. 19 overall.
Top-ranked recruit picks Ole Miss
Mississippi landed the
top prize of the 2013 recruiting class with heralded defensive end Robert Nkemdiche.
The 6-foot-5, 260-pound 18-year-old, a two-time high school All-American who amassed 43 sacks during his prep career, will join a rising Ole Miss program that is coming off a 7-6 season capped by a victory in the BBVA Compass Bowl under the direction of first-year head coach Hugh Freeze.
Bears to boost
Season-ticket prices for 2013 Chicago Bears games will increase between $3 and $10 per game for 90 percent of the seating bowl.
Non-club season-ticket prices now will range from $79 to $165, with United Club prices ranging from $265 to $540 per game.
The New York Giants released running back Ahmad Bradshaw and defensive tackle Chris Canty as part of their continued efforts to get under the NFL’s salary cap.