Westerkamp opening eyes

Jordan Westerkamp has helped Montini come back strong after two season-opening losses. Scott Powers/ESPNChicago.com

Of all things that have surprised Montini junior wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp about his season, the amount of mail he's received would be high on his list.

Following a breakout sophomore season and another strong effort this year, during which he's caught 48 passes for 820 yards and 11 touchdowns, it's safe to say college coaches have discovered him.

"I'm getting a ton of mail from Big Ten schools, Alabama, the SEC," said Westerkamp, who is 6-2. "That's great. It's been a couple great weeks."

Illinois, not surprisingly, was the first one to offer Westerkamp. His father Bob Westerkamp is a former Illini wide receiver. Westerkamp doesn't plan on that affecting his decision, though.

"My dad just says, ‘Whatever is best for you, that's where you're going to play. You don't have to play at the U of I because I played there,'" said Westerkamp, who attended the Ohio State-Illinois game two weeks ago.

Westerkamp hopes to attend a few other college games before the season ends and will begin taking a harder look at programs after his own season.

For now, his concentration is on helping Montini reach another state championship. After an 0-2 start with losses to Joliet Catholic and Loyola, the Broncos have won their last five games and look to be contenders in Class 5A again.

"It was tough the first two games, but it showed us where we were," Westerkamp said. "It's great that we started with those teams. I actually prefer it because it prepares us for the playoffs down the road and makes us a better team."