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Chicago-area preps players likely to be taken in NFL Draft

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Chicago-area preps players likely to be taken in NFL Draft

With the NFL Draft just hours away, here are some former local high school players to watch with a chance of being selected this weekend:

OG Laken Tomlinson, Lane Tech/Duke (6-foot-3, 323 pounds): One of the best stories in the NFL Draft. Tomlinson was a three star-ranked recruit in the Class of 2010 per Rivals.com. His mother came to Chicago from Jamaica. Tomlinson had multiple offers and decided to pledge to Duke in part because of the strong medical program. His long-term goal at Lane Tech was to become a doctor. NFL Draft projection: Round 2

RB Tevin Coleman, Oak Forest/Indiana (5-foot-11, 206 pounds): Coleman has been an impact runner since his prep days at Oak Forest playing for head coach Brian McDonough. Ranked in the Class of 2012 as a three star recruit by Rivals.com, Coleman made official visits to Indiana and Michigan State before pledging to the Hoosiers. NFL Draft projection: Round 2-3

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TE James O’Shaugnessy, Naperville North/Illinois State (6-foot-4, 245 pounds): O’Shaugnessy had just one offer coming out of high school — and it was from the folks in Normal. O’Shaugnessy was another physical late bloomer who became a very impressive tight end for the Redbirds. NFL Draft projection: Round 4-5

DE Louis Trinca-Pasat, Lane Tech/Iowa (6-foot-1, 290 pounds): Trinca-Pasat, alongside his then-teammate Laken Tomlinson, provided quite a one-two punch on the Indians’ offensive and defensive lines. Trinca-Pasat had nearly double digit offers at Lane Tech and made just one official visit to Iowa. NFL Draft projection: Round 5

WR Titus Davis, Wheaton Warrenville South/Central Michigan (6-foot-1, 196 pounds): Davis was a big time sleeper out of Wheaton South. He had just two offers and made official visits to Central Michigan and Toledo before pledging to the Chippewas. Even at the high school level, Davis had all the physical tools to be a strong receiver. NFL Draft projection: Round 5-6

WR DaVaris Daniels, Vernon Hills/Notre Dame (6-foot-1, 201 pounds): Daniels, the son of former Chicago Bears defensive end Phillip Daniels, was a four star-ranked receiver according to Rivals.com. He was also the No. 2 ranked prospect in Illinois in the Class of 2011 per Rivals.com and was just outside the Top 20 of best receivers in the nation. NFL Draft projection: Round 6-7

OC Andy Gallik, Brother Rice/Boston College (6-foot-2, 306 pounds): Gallik, who was a three star-ranked linemen per Rivals.com, became a long-term starter for Boston College and had a very successful run for the Eagles. Gallik was a two-year All State player for the Crusaders and then-head coach Steve Nye. NFL Draft projection: Round 5-6

WR Jake Kumerow, South Elgin/UW Whitewater (6-foot-5, 195 pounds): Kumerow is the son of former Oak Park-River Forest/Ohio State standout Eric Kumerow, who started in college as a quarterback before becoming a defensive linemen for the Buckeyes. Jake Kumerow was an impact player for Division III powerhouse – and national champion - UW Whitewater. Physically speaking, Kumerow was considered a late bloomer and took a preferred walk-on spot at Illinois before transferring to Whitewater. NFL Draft projection: Round 7

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WR Evan Spencer, Vernon Hills/Ohio State (6-foot-2, 208 pounds): Spencer, the son of former Chicago Bears running backs coach Tim Spencer, was a three star-ranked receiver in the Class of 2011 according to Rivals.com. NFL Draft projection: Round 7/FA

TE Matt LaCosse, Naperville North/Illinois (6-foot-6, 250 pounds): LaCosse was ranked as a three star athlete recruit according to Rivals.com. He made official visits to both Illinois and Purdue before pledging to the Fighting Illini. LaCosse played quarterback for Naperville North under head coach Sean Drendel. NFL Draft Projection: Round 7/FA

OT Fabbians Ebbele, Simeon/Arizona (6-foot-8, 315 pounds): Ebbele was also a three star-ranked recruit according to Rivals.com. Ebbele was simply one of the biggest high school offensive linemen I've seen on the field in over 20 years of scouting and evaluating. NFL Draft Projection: Round 7/FA

Note: Draft projections courtesy of NFL.com.

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

High School Lites had five matchups between top-25 teams on Friday night as the Public League Playoff semifinals and big matchups in the CSL South, Catholic League Blue and SouthWest Suburban Blue took shape.

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Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Palatine's Eduardo Orozco

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Maine West girls basketball

Highlights

No. 1 Simeon holds off No. 4 Whitney Young

No. 2 Orr gets revenge on No. 3 Curie

No. 9 New Trier takes down No. 6 Evanston

No. 8 Fenwick handles No. 10 Loyola Academy

No. 23 Homewood-Flossmoor rallies past No. 18 Bolingbrook

Oswego East upsets No. 20 Joliet Central

Andrew shuts down Thornridge

Sandburg tops Lockport in OT

Richards runs by Shepard

Maine West captures second straight girls basketball regional title

Five ranked matchups lead a loaded edition of High School Lites

Five ranked matchups lead a loaded edition of High School Lites

High School Lites has a huge lineup in place for this week's show as we'll feature five matchups between top-25 teams. With the Public League Playoff semifinals, Catholic League Blue, CSL South and SouthWest Suburban Blue. 

Catch the newest edition of High School Lites this Friday night at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago. 

Public League Semifinals at Chicago State

No. 2 Orr vs. No. 3 Curie, 5 p.m. -- A huge rematch in the first semifinal puts these two top-3 teams against each other. Curie (23-3, 8-1) won the first matchup between the two teams early in the season as they were playing without senior guard Maurice Commander. Junior guard Marquise Walker and senior big men Traevon and Tyree Martin stepped up in that one. Orr (22-3, 9-0) has been on a roll lately as seniors Raekwon Drake, Dannie Smith, Ty Mosley and Chase Adams are playing at a high level. 

No. 1 Simeon vs. No. 4 Whitney Young, 7 p.m. -- The second semifinal puts two Public League titans against each other. The Wolverines (23-3, 9-0) will be the favorite as they're still unbeaten against Illinois competition. Senior Talen Horton-Tucker is the leading Player of the Year candidate and he's surrounded by talented teammates. Whitney Young (22-6, 7-2) earned a huge quarterfinal win over Morgan Park earlier this week as the Dolphins are playing with a lot of confidence. Seniors Javon Freeman and Xavier Castaneda are experienced while sophomore Tyler Beard has elevated his play.

Friday's Other Games

No. 9 New Trier at No. 6 Evanston, 7:00 p.m. -- A huge rematch in the CSL South that could ultimately decide a tight conference race. Evanston (20-4, 8-1) won the first matchup in overtime on the road on Jan. 12 as they've won six straight games. New Trier (20-3, 7-1) has won 10 straight games since that loss to the Wildkits as they picked up an important overtime win over Maine South earlier this week.  

No. 8 Fenwick at No. 10 Loyola, 7:00 p.m. -- Two Catholic League powers battle here. Fenwick (17-7, 7-0) is trying to stay unbeaten in the conference as they picked up a win over Marmion earlier this week. Loyola (21-5, 5-2) has dropped two straight games on the road but the Ramblers are still trying to gain some momentum before the postseason starts. 

No. 18 Bolingbrook at No. 23 Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the top teams in the SouthWest Suburban Blue face in this one. The Vikings (15-6, 5-1) have recent wins over Hillcrest and Lincoln-Way East as they've been playing better basketball the past few weeks. The Raiders (17-5, 5-2) won the first matchup between these two teams on Jan. 19 as they beat Sandburg in their last game. After a 10-day layoff, it'll be interesting to see how Bolingbrook looks in such an important game. 

Lockport at Sandburg, 6:00 p.m. -- We stay in the SouthWest Suburban Blue in this one as Sandburg look to get back on track. The Eagles (15-8, 2-5) have dropped two straight games, including a recent loss to Bolingbrook. Lockport (7-14, 1-6) recently knocked off Bolingbrook but they've also lost two straight heading into this one. Sandburg won the first matchup between these two teams with an overtime win on Jan. 19. 

Thornridge at Andrew, 6:30 p.m. --  Heading over into the SouthWest Suburban Red, Andrew tries to stay ahead of the pack for the league title. The Thunderbolts (16-8, 8-2) have won three straight games as they won on the road at Thornridge on Jan. 12. Thornridge (14-9, 3-6) has gone on a lot of runs this season as they've won two straight on the road after a five-game losing streak. 

Richards at Shepard, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the best teams in the South Suburban Red matchup here. Shepard (15-7, 7-4) lost to Oak Lawn last week to snap a seven-game winning streak. Richards (11-12, 8-3) has played significantly better lately after a slow start. Both of these teams are battling with Oak Lawn for league supremacy. 

Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week

No. 20 Joliet Central at Oswego East, 6:30 p.m. -- Our Viewers' Choice Game of the Week heads to the Southwest Prairie. Joliet Central (19-4, 11-0) is trying to go unbeaten in league play as they've won three straight games. Oswego East (16-7, 8-3) is coming off a big win over Romeoville earlier this week. The Steelmen won this first matchup between these two teams on Dec. 15.