Chase Taphorn revealed his College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin destination.
The Morton High School senior signed a letter of commitment Friday to play football at Naperville-based North Central College.
Taphorn was drawn to NCC by how close Cardinals head coach John Thorne is to his team.
“I felt like I was on the team already,” said Taphorn, who made five visits and added his overnight was phenomenal. “The players were just as accepting.”
The recruiting process was rough, but fun at times for Taphorn who started contemplating collegiate athletics as a junior.
“It was a long process and I’m glad it’s over,” he said.
Taphorn is in his 11th year of football. He played with a group of about 10 Morton athletes every year.
His preferred position is cornerback, but Taphorn’s speed also could be utilized as a wide receiver.
As a Potter senior, Taphorn was a second-team all-conference selection on offense for head coach Jason Thiry.
Taphorn made 17.5 tackles and intercepted a pass last fall. He also collected 19 receptions for 273 yards and a team-high six touchdowns.
To prepare for the leap to the Division-III level, Taphorn plans to continue working hard in the offseason, including lifting every day and beginning a program at EastSide Centre with Al Nimmo.
Taphorn also is working through an NCC winter workout packet.
North Central was the CCIW tri-champion in 2012, along with Elmhurst and Wheaton.
The Cardinals were 9-3 overall after reaching the second round of the NCAA D-III playoffs.
Taphorn plans to major in business and he is leaning toward accounting.