Week 11 recruiting notes: Joliet Catholic's Ken Aguirre chooses Western Michigan

Football recruiting: Joliet Catholic DT Ken Aguirre commits to WMU, via @bobnarang

Loyalty was a determining factor for Ken Aguirre in his recruiting.

The Joliet Catholic senior defensive tackle had bigger offers but orally committed to Western Michigan on Oct. 24.

The 6-foot-2, 280-pounder was courted by most of the schools in the Mid-American Conference, with offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan and Miami (Ohio). He also had offers from Florida Atlantic, Wyoming, Missouri State, Southern Illinois and Western Illinois, and Illinois was close to extending an offer based on an improvement on his ACT. Aguirre said he selected Western Michigan over Illinois and Miami (Ohio).

"Illinois wanted me to get a couple of my scores up, then they would offer me," Aguirre said. "At the end of the day, I felt if Illinois really wanted me they would've offered me. Western (Michigan) offered me and trusted me and showed faith in me. I wanted to put my faith in them with my commitment."

Aguirre is the fourth Chicago area recruit to commit to Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck, a former standout wide receiver at Northern Illinois. Evanston quarterback Matt Little, Proviso West athlete Rhashaun Epting and Neuqua Valley tight end Brett Borske all have committed to Fleck. Aguirre has been a key contributor in the Hilltopppers' 9-1 season.

"I chose Western (Michigan) because deep down in my heart I felt it was the right place for me academic-wise," Aguirre said. "Coach Fleck has recruited me hard, almost every week or every day sending me a quote. He even took time out of his schedule to visit me. Coach Fleck always tells me I could change the program and that they needed a defensive tackle. I thought I had a good future at Western and gave it a shot."

Aguirre said he plans to take his official visit to Western Michigan in December when the other recruits visit the Kalamazoo campus.

Foster sticking with Minnesota: Carmel senior left tackle Sean Foster has no plans to change his commitment following the resignation of Minnesota coach Jerry Kill on Wednesday. The 6-foot-8, 302-pound Foster pledged a commitment to Minnesota in April.

"I'm 100 percent firm on Minnesota," Foster said. "I love everything about Minnesota."

A four-star recruit, Foster made an unexpected unofficial visit to Minnesota for the Michigan game on Saturday, his first trip to Minneapolis since June. Although he didn't meet Kill, Foster said his visit was memorable.

"It was awesome and really cool," he said. "All the guys that were committed went to that game. We had a few guys from Florida and a guy from Michigan on their official visits. We had a guy from St. Louis that just committed that was there. It was like one of those things, we all wanted to be there. I figured I didn't have anything going on this weekend, so I might as well go up there and hang out with the guys."

Robertson adds another Big Ten offer: Neuqua Valley junior wide receiver Isaiah Robertson received an offer from Indiana on Friday. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Robertson is a four-star recruit and ranked third in the state for the Class of 2017 by 247Sports.com. Robertson caught two touchdown passes in Saturday's Class 8A first-round playoff win against Hinsdale Central and now has six offers from Big Ten schools. His offers include Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota and Wisconsin, along with Vanderbilt, Toledo, Cincinnati and Central Michigan.

"Indiana was at Friday's practice, and I had been getting letters from them, but hadn't really expected an offer," Robertson said. "It was nice and special."

Bob Narang is a freelance reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

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