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EDGY's recruiting news and notes: Recruits weighing all options

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EDGY's recruiting news and notes: Recruits weighing all options

Huntley junior three-star ranked defensive end Olalere Oladipo (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) knows first hand the sudden impact of the NCAA recently allowing college coaches to have the ability to contact prospects with an unlimited amount of text.

"Oh my God," Oladipo laughed. "It's been non-stop text from weird area codes all spring. I really don't know who a lot of these coaches are until we start talking back and forth a bit and then I figure it out. Once I get home I don't really use my cell phone much anymore. I just throw it on the charger now and pick it up later or the next day."

Oladipo, who added recent scholarship offers from Florida Atlantic, Michigan State and Duke has yet to name any favorites but expect that to change soon.

"I have a set list of schools right now but I'm not ready to release anything yet," he said. "I'm still in touch with several schools who said they are close to offering me or evaluating me. I'm going to wait to release my schools list until sometime later in May."

Chicago Mount Carmel sophomore four-star ranked athlete Houston Griffith (6-foot, 185 pounds) along with his Caravan teammates have seen plenty of college coaches during the spring evaluation period.

"It's been a lot of schools lately," Griffith said. "I know that so far Notre Dame has been a school along with Ohio State, Arkansas, Michigan, Penn State, Illinois, Cal, Western Michigan, Central Michigan and UConn. It's been a lot of schools lately."

Griffith, the son of former Illinois standout running back and current Big Ten network analysis Howard Griffith, has 13 scholarship offers this spring including Notre Dame and seven different Big Ten schools.

St. Charles North three-star ranked offensive tackle Isaac Hawn (6-foot-6, 290 pounds) is starting to inch a bit closer to making his college decision this spring. Hawn, who has 17 scholarship offers already under his belt along with daily recruiting interest, admits that narrowing down his list of favorite schools has been more of a challenge than he expected.

"I honestly like a lot of the schools who have offered me," Hawn said. "So that's making narrowing things down a bit harder than I expected. I'm in the process of sorting a lot of schools out and I'm planning to have a Top 5 list sometime soon. I'm still also looking at making my college choice sometime in June."

Libertyville sophomore offensive linemen recruit Charlie Schmidt (6-foot-4, 270 pounds) added his second offer earlier this week from Northwestern. Schmidt was visiting Northwestern on Tuesday.

"It was pretty exciting (Northwestern offer) because they were the first school to recruit me," Schmidt told WildcatReport.com's publisher Louis Vaccher. "Riley (Lees former Libertyville QB) told them about me, and they followed up and watched film and liked what they saw."

Schmidt now has early offers from both Northwestern and Iowa State and has drawn recent recruiting interest from several Big Ten and Mid American Conference schools.

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.