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IC Catholic Prep's Conor McCoy (48) prepares to wrap up St. Francis's quarterback Tommy Rittenhouse (5) during Friday's football game in Wheaton.
Paul Valade/pvalade@dailyherald.com IC Catholic Prep's Conor McCoy (48) prepares to wrap up St. Francis's quarterback Tommy Rittenhouse (5) during Friday's football game in Wheaton.

WHEATON – Tommy Rittenhouse took yet another step to assert himself among the top quarterback recruits in Illinois earlier this month.

Rittenhouse, a St. Francis junior, participated in the 2020 All-American National Combine in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 2-4. The even hosts 600 of the top underclassmen in the nation for a full combine of drills, physical testing and more.

Clemson starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence, a former five-star recruit in high school, participated in the combine back in 2017.

"It was awesome," Rittenhouse said. "Just receiving the letter to be invited down there, and then getting the chance...just go out there, perform, just have fun with it [and] learn as much as I can."

"I ran a 4.88 [second 40-yard dash], which wasn't one of my best," Rittenhouse said. "But, I feel during the offseason, I can definitely get it down; probably aiming for under a 4.8."

Rittenhouse also reported a 4.28 second 20-yard short shuttle and a 9.5 foot broad jump.

"It was good for a combine and everything, especially being more of a dual-threat quarterback," Rittenhouse said. "You've got to run some decent times, so I was happy with that I did."

Former St. Charles North star Tyler Nubin, now a freshman defensive back at Minnesota, participated in the combine two years ago.

Rittenhouse, who suffered a left wrist injury in the regular season before returning for St. Francis' quarterfinals game against Coal City, reported his wrist "is doing a lot better."

"I got [further] cleared this past week as I'm starting upper body [workouts] and everything," Rittenhouse said. "I'll be able to do even more; should be [fully] healthy this month...it's doing well."

Rittenhouse also reported some new potential collegiate interests on the horizon, including Northern Illinois, Harvard, Yale and more. Rittenhouse currently has no offers.

"I'll be visiting [NIU] soon," Rittenhouse said. "Northwestern, I'm on their board for recruiting, so a couple new schools I've been talking to. It's exciting."

St. Charles North's Matt Fell commits to Massachusetts Maritime Academy

St. Charles North offensive lineman Matt Fell will soon head east for college.

Fell announced his athletic commitment to Massachusetts Maritime Academy, a Division III program within the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (ASCAC).

"I was interested in the trades," Fell said. "When researching my options, this particular career path trains you in multiple trades and you also earn an engineering degree. [They] came onto my radar by doing research on schools that offer this career path."

"My No. 1 priority was [finding] what school I felt most comfortable attending," Fell continued. "Being able to continue to play football, which I love to do, was an important part in my decision."

Fell, a team captain, started 23 games at center over two varsity seasons. He played on the 2018 North team that reached the Class 7A final.

"SCN football prepared me for college because the program expects a lot out of you including: preparation, hard work and accountability," Fell said. "These values are taught by the SCN program in preparation for life with or without football."

"I also had opportunities to be a part of a leadership program at SCN that taught me how to better lead people through good and bad situations," Fell continued.