Minnesota Commit Matt LaCosse Visits Illini

Many high school football players make early commitments, only to find out they really prefer some other school later in the recruiting process. In the case of Matt LaCosse, a Minnesota commitment is on hold because the head coach was fired recently. LaCosse has reopened his recruiting and visited the Illini campus for the Indiana game.

Matt LaCosse is a talented athlete from Naperville North High School. He committed to Minnesota in the spring but is reconsidering after their coach Tim Brewster was fired mid season.

"I'm still committed there. I still don't know who the new coach is. I did tell them I would have to look at my other options too, just in case someone comes in I don't like."

Why did he choose the Gophers in the first place?

"I love their coaching staff, they have a good tradition there, gorgeous campus, gorgeous facilities. I just really liked it there."

In other words, he may end up there if he likes the new coaching staff. But in the meantime, he is reconsidering his options.

"At this point, it's anyone's game. There's a good chance for everyone."

LaCosse accepted an invitation to visit the Illinois campus and take in the Indiana game Saturday. He had a good time.

"I really liked it. I had a great time. They are a very good team with a good coaching staff. I really had a good time there."

He spent the game seated with Illini commitment Reilly O'Toole, Wheaton Warrenville South quarterback. Since LaCosse plays quarterback for Naperville North, they have plenty in common.

"We're both quarterbacks in our conference, and we've been competing against each other since third grade. So we know each other pretty well. I give him a few tips on running, and he gives me a few tips on throwing. I run a lot more than I pass."

LaCosse is being recruited for a position other than quarterback in college.

"I haven't played any other positions in high school. Colleges have been recruiting me more as a tight end or wide receiver, something along those lines. I haven't played receiver since like sixth grade."

The three-star athlete is 6'-6", 230 pounds. As a tight end, he would be expected to add strength and weight to the 245-250 range. That shouldn't be a problem for the broad-shouldered young man who runs a 4.62 forty yard dash.

As long as he is playing football, he is willing to play wherever his coaches see fit.

"I've been to some camps and gone through all the drills. It doesn't seem like it's that big a difference to me."

Naperville North is in the playoffs this year, but LaCosse would have liked a better record.

"We're doing okay. We're 6-3. We should be 8-1, but things don't always fall your way. We're playing Marist the first round of the playoffs. We're looking forward to it."

Besides Minnesota, he expects to make a couple other official visits before finalizing his college choice.

"I'm planning to make an official visit to Illinois and probably Purdue."

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