CHICAGO – One of Illinois high school football’s best stories over the past few years had another chapter added to it on Wednesday afternoon.
The first accomplishment was sitting to the left of the half-dozen players at a table at Phillips Academy High School. It’s a IHSAA Class 4A trophy, the first won by a Chicago Public School in history.
The next is what was sitting in front of the six Wildcats at their table. They were national letters of intent to play football at schools around the country, another major achievement for a program that is becoming a bright spot for all CPS athletics.
One by one head coach Troy McAllister would introduce the player and they would head to a smaller table to the right of the big one to put their name on the dotted line.
That included Amir Watts, a highlight recruited defensive tackle, who signed with Pittsburgh and linebacker Amani Jones who is headed to nearby Iowa. Quarterback Quayvon Skanes put his name on a letter for UCONN where he will return to his first position of wide receiver.
This was just one part of national signing day across the state and the country as player loudly and quietly proclaimed where they will take their game for at least the next few years.
To watch CLTV Sports Feed's coverage of the Phillips High School signing day along with Northwestern and others around the area, click on the video in the middle of the story.