Southern Illinois nabs two from NW Indiana

Merrillville and Andrean standouts heading to Carbondale

Two standouts from Northwest Indiana have made their verbal commitments to Southern Illinois University. Linebacker Tylor Petkovich from 3A state champion Andrean and safety Ryan Neal of Merrillville have verballed to the Salukis.

The 6-6 220 Petkovich led the 59ers to an undefeated season and state title. He had 80 tackles and 8.5 sacks for Andrean. He also played tight end for the 59ers.

Ryan Neal was a two time IFCA top 50 selection for Merrillville. He had 69 tackles and four interceptions as a senior. He had 89 tackles and nine interceptions as a junior for the Pirates. He is the brother of the Green Bay Packers Mike Neal. His brother Matthew plays at the University of Idaho after starting his career at Toledo.

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