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CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 24 Simeon

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 24 Simeon

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25., we unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings.

School: Simeon

Head coach: Dante Culbreath

How they fared in 2016: 8-6 (4-1 Chicago Public League Illini Red Bird Conference), made the Class 7A state playoff field and lost to Glenbrook North.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 vs. Oak Park-River Forest *Gately*

Sept. 1 @ Detroit Cass Tech

Sept. 9 vs. Phillips *Gately*

Sept. 15 vs. Lane Tech *Lane*

Sept. 23 vs. Whitney Young *Gately*

Sept. 28 vs. Taft *Gately*

Oct. 5 vs. Dunbar *Gately*

Oct. 14 vs. Curie *Gately*

Oct. 20 CPL Playoffs Round 1

Biggest storyline: Can the Wolverines make a deep run in 2017?

Names to watch this season: senior WR Jayshon Jackson, senior WR Leon Payne, junior QB Alante Brown

Biggest holes to fill: The Wolverines will need to reload on the offensive line after graduating nearly its entire starting lineup from a season ago. 

EDGY's early take: The Wolverines have the makings of one of the most dangerous offenses in Chicago this season. Fully expect the Wolverines to have the ability to show off its quick strike ability all season long. Keep an eye on playmakers Jackson (Cincinnati), Payne (NIU) and on the rise junior QB/ATH Brown who is already drawing scholarship offers. If the Simeon offensive line and defense develops as expected, this team could be a serious state playoff threat.

Recruiting News and Notes: Christian Perez commits to Navy

Recruiting News and Notes: Christian Perez commits to Navy

Christian Perez (QB), East St. Louis

East St. Louis quarterback Christian Perez (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) decided to end his recruiting process this week and give Navy his verbal commitment.

"It's a really big decision and I just felt very comfortable with the coaches at Navy," Perez said. "They easily recruited me the hardest out of anyone plus Navy offers so many opportunities on and off the field. Both of my parents are in the Air Force so in many ways I've been around the military my entire life. I fully understand the commitment both before the academy and after graduation at Navy. It's great to know that I'll have a job and a potential career path waiting for me after the Naval Academy.

"Navy also offers a great education and top academics along with a great football team. It's just a tremendous overall opportunity that I just didn't want to miss out on."

Alec Pierce (WR), Glenbard West

Glenbard West senior wide receiver Alec Pierce (6-foot-4, 190 pounds) has added multiple offers this summer, but don't look for a quick college decision just yet.

"I'm looking at taking my recruiting process into the season," Pierce said. "A lot of schools, especially schools in the Big Ten all want to see my early senior video. I already have some great offers and options but I also feel that I want to give some of those other schools a better look. I'm willing to wait until they get a chance to evaluate me this fall. I believe I can play at the highest level in college and I want to make sure I give myself every opportunity."

[RELATED: Noah Shannon pledges to Iowa]

Alante Brown (QB), Simeon

Simeon junior quarterback Alante Brown (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) is already holding two early scholarship offers and has increased recruiting attention this summer.

"I have two offers from NIU and Toledo so far," Brown said. "I'm planning to go to Miami of Ohio this coming Friday for a camp and a visit. I have also camped at Illinois and NIU so far this summer. Also this coming weekend I'm going to visit Purdue, Central Michigan and Western Michigan."

Aaron Antoniou (OLB), Hinsdale Central

Outside linebacker Aaron Antoniou (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) has transferred back to Hinsdale Central for his senior year after spending last season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. 

"I was playing on second string as a strong safety and also playing on special teams at IMG last year," Antoniou said. "After looking at everything I decided along with my family that coming back home for my senior year was my best decision. I'm just excited to be back home and back with kids that I already know and playing for my home school. This year I'm looking at playing some defensive end and linebacker for my team this season and I'm excited to be back at Hinsdale Central. It feels good to be back home for sure."

Antoniou has drawn recruiting interest from the likes of Minnesota, Illinois, Western Illinois and UMass.