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The Bloomington Extreme Coaches were hoping to see some talent at the Extreme tryouts a couple weeks ago, but they were not expecting to sign five more players from it. “We had around 50 guys from all over the state show up for tryouts. That was more than what we were expecting and we were impressed with the talent we saw,” said Assistant Head Coach Mike Murray.

Wide Receiver John Hamrin played for Augustana College. “He drew our attention because of his speed. He was the quickest player out there,” said Head Coach Ted Schmitz.

Also to sign with the Extreme is Defensive Back Le’Undo Adams. Adams was All-Conference while attending Belleville West High School. He attended Independence Junior College in Kansas and was a Junior College All-American before attending Arkansas State. He was known as the fastest defensive back for Arkansas State.

Since Illinois State University is in our back yard, its no surprise that three more players were signed at tryouts that attended ISU. Linebacker Calvin Jones, Defensive Lineman Darren McClanahan, and Wide Receiver Scott Winter will all continue their football careers in Bloomington-Normal. All three players also played for the Twin City Storm.

Jones played at Normal Community High School from 1999-2002 where he earned All-Conference and All-State Honorable Mention. He was invited to play in the Eastern Star All-Star game held at Millikin University in Decatur, IL where he received Defensive MVP Honors. His first year with the Twin City Storm he was the second leading tackler on the team and was invited to play in the leagues All-Star game.

The Bloomington Extreme will sign around 40 players but they plan to have a training camp in March to cut the roster down to 25 active players.

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