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High School Lites Week 7 Football Roundup

High School Lites Week 7 Football Roundup

High School Lites featured plenty of great action on Friday night as NBC Sports Chicago had highlights of many of the area's top matchups. No. 4 Marist hosted No. 15 Nazareth Academy in an important top-25 clash while No. 5 Lake Zurich tried to remain unbeaten by traveling to No. 12 Stevenson.  

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Friday's Top 25 Scores

No. 1 Lincoln-Way East 49, Lockport 6

No. 2 Prairie Ridge 55, Hampshire 14

No. 3 Maine South 47, Glenbrook South 13

No. 4 Marist 42, No. 15 Nazareth 0

No. 5 Lake Zurich 28, No. 12 Stevenson 0

No. 6 Phillips 42, Raby 28

No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor 35, Bradley-Bourbonnais 7

Naperville North 44, No. 10 Naperville Central 41

No. 16 Huntley 49, Crystal Lake Central 7

No. 17 Lyons 31, Downers Grove North 28

No. 18 Batavia 10, South Elgin 7

Wheaton North 23, No. 19 Neuqua Valley 0

No. 20 Warren 34, Waukegan 0

No. 21 Crete-Monee 55, Rich South 0

No. 22 Cary-Grove 41, Crystal Lake South 14

No. 23 Providence 37, Fenwick 0

Kaneland 20, No. 24 Morris 14

No. 25 St. Rita 35, McNamara 13


Johnsburg runs past Woodstock

Antioch escapes past Lakes


Leo at No. 7 Loyola

No. 13 Hinsdale Central at No. 8 Glenbard West

No. 14 Hoffman Estates at No. 11 Barrington

Iowa State continues impressive Chicago recruiting with Corliss' George Conditt

Iowa State continues impressive Chicago recruiting with Corliss' George Conditt

Iowa State has struck once again in the Chicagoland area as the Cyclones and head coach Steve Prohm landed a commitment from Corliss senior center George Conditt on Monday.

A late-blooming big man who elevated to a high-major recruit during the summer, the 6-foot-10 Conditt selected Iowa State over his other finalists of Illinois and New Mexico. Conditt took official visits to all three schools during the process but ultimately decided on the Cyclones as Iowa State gets a skilled big man with upside.

There is a family connection with the Conditts and Iowa State as George Conditt Sr. was a defensive back with the Cyclones' football team in the early '90s. While the family connection for Conditt Jr. was a small factor in his own decision to attend Iowa State, ultimately, the Cyclones deserve an immense amount of credit for pouncing on the fast-rising Conditt once he became a priority recruit. 

With high-major scholarship offers from all over the country, Iowa State fought off in-state schools and schools from far away to bring in a big man with a lot of potential in a class that is seriously lacking talented post players.

Iowa State has now come into Illinois twice in the Class of 2018 after also nabbing a commitment from another late-bloomer in Hinsdale South's Zion Griffin. Prohm and assistant coach Daniyal Robinson, a Rock Island native and noted Illinois recruiter, deserve a lot of credit in their approach to recruiting Chicago-area talent.

With Conditt and Griffin both in the fold, and the Cyclones still heavily involved with Simeon senior wing Talen Horton-Tucker, there is enough evidence to say that Iowa State is currently recruiting Chicago better than any other program in the country when it comes to the Class of 2018. 

Drake remains aggressive recruiting Illinois after commitment from Simeon's Messiah Jones


Drake remains aggressive recruiting Illinois after commitment from Simeon's Messiah Jones

Simeon senior forward Messiah Jones ended his recruitment by committing to Drake on Sunday night.

One of the more underappreciated players in Illinois last season, the 6-foot-5 Jones became a priority recruit for mid-major programs this summer after a strong run on the grassroots circuit.

As a junior at Simeon, Jones averaged 9.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, helping the Wolverines advance to the Class 4A state title game after winning a city championship. 

Playing for a talented — but undersized — team at Simeon last season, Jones was often tasked with defending and rebounding against bigger and stronger players. A plus athlete who performed admirably in a jack-of-all-trades role for the Wolverines, Jones was one of the most versatile frontcourt players in the area last season. 

The commitment for Jones is a solid grab for Drake. It's also a major statement from new Bulldog head coach Niko Medved.

Always an aggressive recruiter in the Land of Lincoln dating back to his time coaching at Furman, Medved is already making his presence felt in Illinois with the Bulldogs. With Jones committed, and another commitment from Danville guard Kendale Moore, Medved and his staff at Drake have already secured commitments from two talented Illinois seniors so far this fall.

Medved and his staff are hoping that the commitment of Jones also nets them a potential "package deal" as Drake is aggressively recruiting Jones' teammate and Simeon senior point guard Xavier Pinson. Taking an official visit to Drake with Jones last month, Pinson is still deciding on his future school as he just finished up an official visit to Kent State.

During his time at Furman, Medved successfully recruited Hinsdale Central's Matt Rafferty to his program, as the former all-area forward became a solid contributor for the Paladins. So it makes sense that Medved would continue to tap into his emerging Illinois pipeline after taking the job at Drake.

If Medved could get Chicago-area kids to go to Greenville, South Carolina, then he should have no problems getting them to come to his much closer new home in Des Moines.