Illinois prospect has visits set

Oswego defensive lineman Alex Magee favors four Big Ten schools

Alex Magee has a handful of scholarships, several unofficial visits behind him and four schools to focus on as the recruiting season hits the stretch drive.

"Right now I'm basically sticking with Iowa, Wisconsin, Purdue and Michigan State," Magee said.

He has his first official visit scheduled for this weekend at Purdue. He also has officials set with Wisconsin for Dec. 3 and Michigan State for Dec. 11. He plans to take one to Iowa as well, probably in January.

Of the four, only Purdue and Michigan State have tendered scholarship offers, however.

"[Wisconsin and Iowa] haven't really told me whether or not they're going to offer," Magee said, "but just like get me up there and talk to me and my family and just get a good feel for what it's like up there."

In addition to Michigan State and Purdue, Magee has scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, Ball State, Indiana, Northern Illinois, Illinois, Toledo and Louisville.

He is focused on the Boilermakers, Badgers, Hawkeyes and Spartans, however.

"Those are my four favorites," Magee said. "They seem the most like they really like me. And I like them. I want to stay in the Big Ten and basically it's less than four-and-a-half hours away so that's what I'm looking at right now."

One of the Midwest's top 100 prospects, Magee played defensive tackle, defensive end, offensive guard, offensive tackle, fullback and wingback at Oswego this year. Magee, 6-foot-4, 265 pounds, could play defensive tackle or defensive end in college.

Magee said he does not have his four favorites ranked, though Michigan State does trail slightly simply because he has not visited the East Lansing campus before.

"Iowa I've talked to basically the whole coaching staff, I've been over there, I've seen what it's like at Hawkeye town, along with Wisconsin and Purdue but I couldn't exactly put them in order," Magee said. "I just feel like those are my top schools and I put them above Michigan State just because I haven't been there."

He has met Spartan head coach John L. Smith and defensive line coach Steve Stripling, however.

"I've talked with them and they seem like really nice people but I've never been over there," Magee said. "I heard it's so nice and I look forward to going over there."

Magee said he is very comfortable with the coaching staffs at Iowa, Wisconsin and Purdue. Badger tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello is recruiting Magee for UW and Purdue defensive tackles coach Mark Hagen is recruiting him for the Boilermakers.

"I want to get all my visits down," Magee said. "Right now I don't want to have any regrets. I want to make sure that when I choose my school that I'm 100 percent comfortable with what I got myself into."

Magee has taken in quite a few games unofficially. He attended Iowa's spring game, then returned to Iowa City Sept. 11 when the Hawkeyes hosted Iowa State. The following weekend he traveled to Champaign, Ill., for the Illinois/Western Michigan game. He also saw Wisconsin at Purdue Oct. 16, Minnesota at Wisconsin Nov. 6 and Toledo at Northern Illinois Nov. 9.

"I made it to a few games," Magee said. "I was actually going to go this weekend to the Michigan State/Wisconsin game, unofficial to Michigan State, but my parents were out of town so I didn't get a chance to do that."

Magee watched the game on TV and said he was startled by the Spartans 49-14 win.

"I thought maybe it'd be a close game and Wisconsin come out with the win, but obviously not," he said, adding that the game had no impact on his decision in either direction. "It was kind of a shocking set back."

Magee enjoyed his recent unofficial trip to Madison.

"Wisconsin, they have a wonderful place," he said. "It looks really nice over there. Whether or not they make me an offer, I have no idea but if they do, that would be a good thing…I definitely enjoyed my unofficial up there. I can definitely say I did. So did my parents. My mom and my step dad."

Magee has taken enough unofficial trips to feel out the recruiting process. In order to truly make a decision, though, he is looking forward to his official visits.

"I talked to my mom and my step dad and my coaches…They said that once you take your official visits you kind of get a real feel for what it's like and that's more one-on-one time," Magee said. "Once I take my official visits then I'll sit back and wait a couple weeks and then I'll have a pretty good idea between where I want to go."

Magee was an all-state selection last season after his team won the IHSA Class 7A state title. Oswego lost in the first round of the playoffs this year, however, and finished 7-3. Magee was recently named to the Chicago Sun-Times All-Area team.


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