Preps Talk

Edgy recruiting news and notes: Robertson getting looks at safety


Edgy recruiting news and notes: Robertson getting looks at safety

Neuqua Valley junior wide receiver Isaiah Robertson (6-foot-3, 185 pounds) already has double-digit scholarship offers this winter. And while the majority of those offers are for wide receiver, Robertson is also starting to make a case as a recruit on the defensive side.

"Some schools have offered me already as a safety," Robertson said. "Personally, I just train and work hard to be as versatile as I can. If it's playing as a receiver or as a safety in college that's fine, as long as they recruit me. I spoke to Penn State early on and they asked me if they could recruit me as a safety, and then they offered me a scholarship shortly after we talked. Iowa State is also talking to me about playing safety. I've also been talking to Notre Dame more and more, and they told me that they would most likely recruit me as a safety."

Robertson is also on track to become a mid year graduate and could enroll in college early.

"Graduating mid-year has been in the plans pretty much since my sophomore year. I'm on track to graduate early and I'm excited to get a chance to get into a college and get an early head start on college and football."

Marist junior inside linebacker Micah Awodiran (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) didn't see the sudden winter barrage of scholarship offers coming.

"I really had no idea all of this was coming," Awodiran said. "It seems like everything is just rolling along now. I just did not see getting all of these offers, especially this early. I hoped that maybe I would have a few smaller school offers at this point. The whole deal just flipped all of my expectations."

Awodiran is now up to 14 scholarship offers including Illinois, Indiana, Boston College, Minnesota, and Syracuse, along with several MAC schools.

Warren Township sophomore wide receiver Micah Jones (6-foot-5, 190 pounds) will be one of the most sought-after names in the 2018 class, and Jones added his fifth scholarship after making a visit last weekend to Iowa State.

"I loved it at Iowa State," Jones said. "The coaches are great and I was impressed with the facilities. I was able to get caught up with Coach (Alex) Golesh. I have been talking to Coach Golesh since he was at Illinois. I also really enjoyed the talk that head coach Matt Campbell gave to us. He really makes sure to take care of his players and he also puts a big emphasis on academics at Iowa State. Overall it was a good visit at Iowa State."

Jones, who has offers from Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Northwestern and Vanderbilt, has remained in touch with multiple schools this winter.

"I have been staying in touch with all of the schools who have offered me so far (Iowa State, Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern and Vanderbilt). I have also been in touch with Wisconsin, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Ole Miss and Texas A&M. I'm pretty sure I might go camp at a few of those schools this summer."

Phillips junior defensive tackle Chris Elmore (6-foot-0, 270 pounds) added his fifth offer on Monday night from Miami (Ohio).

"Miami (Ohio) offered me a scholarship a few days ago," Elmore said. "I had been talking to the Miami of Ohio coaches earlier in the day. I was asked to follow the head coach (Chuck Martin) on Twitter. so I did. Coach Martin, around 11 p.m., sent me a direct message telling me that I had an offer from Miami of Ohio. I didn't even realize it until I turned my phone on the next morning."

Elmore, who now has offers from Miami, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Buffalo and Wyoming, talked about his time frame for making a college decision.

"For now I'm just waiting to see how things go (with my recruiting)," he said. "I honestly didn't think I'd have five offers at this point, so it feels pretty amazing. Once I added that first scholarship offer things have really taken off."

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.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for the latest news and scores for IHSA basketball.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Palatine's Eduardo Orozco

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Maine West girls basketball


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.