Saturday at Kahoks Stadium, former football players from Collinsville and Granite City high schools will have the opportunity to strap on shoulder pads, put on helmets and relive past glory while creating new memories when they compete against each other at the Granite City-Collinsville Alumni Football Game at Collinsville High School.
Edwardsville High School Tigers All-American defensive end A.J. Epenesa signed with the Iowa Hawkeyes on Wednesday, one of four Tigers to sign NCAA Division I college football letters of intent at the high school in Edwardsville, Illinois near St. Louis, MO. The others were linemen Tate Rujawitz and Lucas Davis, who signed with Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and University of Memphis kicker and punter recruit Riley Patterson. Iowa Hawkeyes college football coach Kirk Ferentz praised Epenesa for his off-the-chart talent and humble approach, which began in southern Illinois.
East St. Louis quarterback Reyondous Estes announced Tuesday that he will continue his college player career for P.J. Fleck and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. Estes has given previous verbal commitments to Western Michigan and Missouri Tigers before electing to use the National Letter of Intent Day to sign with Minnesota in Minneapolis. Estes led the East St. Louis Flyers to their eighth IHSA Illinois championship.
The Althoff Catholic High School Crusaders football team in Belleville, IL near southern Illinois sent 10 players to attend the National Football Foundation’s college football signing day breakfast Wednesday at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, MO. Althoff had players signing with the University of Wyoming, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Miami -Ohio and Eastern Illinois University.
Following is a list of southern Illinois and metro-east high school football and college recruits, along with their college football decisions. Among the top football recruits are University of Iowa recruit and All-American defensive end A.J. Epenesa from Edwardsville HIgh School in Edwardsville, IL near St. Louis, MO., East St. Louis Senior High All-American receiver Jeff Thomas, East St. Louis Senior High quarterback and University of Minnesota quarterback recruit Reyondous Estes and East St. Louis Senior High linebacker and University of Illinois Fighting Illini recruit James Knight.
Seven players from the East St. Louis Senior High School IHSA state football champion Flyers made their college selections during an all-school assembly on National Letter of Intent Day. With ESPN, Sports Illustrated and other media outlets in attendence, Under Armour All-American wide receiver Jeff Thomas, quarterback Reyondous Estes and others made their college commitments.