Bryce Effner

Edgy Tim's Preseason All-State Football Team

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Edgy Tim's Preseason All-State Football Team

With the kickoff of the 2017 IHSA football season upon us, it is time to take a look at my preseason All-State team. Here are the players to keep an eye on as the year unfolds: 

QB Quincy Patterson, Solorio (6-foot-3, 225 pounds): Va Tech commit. Elite 11 player is in line for a huge 2017 season.

RB Fotis Kokosioulis, Maine South (5-foot-8, 170 pounds): NIU commit. Runs with speed, quickness and power.

RB Geno Hess, Peoria (5-foot-9, 185 pounds): Southeast Missouri commit. Highly productive back in the Lions offense.

RB Jarrell Anderson, East St. Louis (5-foot-9, 180 pounds): Undecided. Huge threat is back again for the 7A state champs.

TE Luke Ford, Carterville (6-foot-7, 247 pounds): Undecided. Small school kid has Power 5 offers from across the country.

OL Trevor Keegan, Crystal Lake South (6-foot-5, 290 pounds): Undecided. Junior is already highly sought-after this fall. 

OL Jordyn Slaughter, Belleville Althoff (6-foot-6, 290 pounds): Illinois commit. Great work ethic and has an NFL-sized frame.

OL Jeff Jenkins, Prairie Ridge (6-foot-4, 275 pounds): Iowa commit. Big, strong and a very athletic leader for the Wolves.

OL Bryce Effner, Metea Valley (6-foot-5, 286 pounds): Penn State commit. One of the Midwest's top senior linemen.

OL Nick Marozas, Brother Rice (6-foot-5, 275 pounds): Indiana commit. CCL mauler also a leader on and off the field.

WR Micah Jones, Warren Township (6-foot-5, 205 pounds): Notre Dame commit. Has all the tools. An impressive kid as well.

WR Charles Robinson, Waubonsie Valley (6-foot-4, 220 pounds): NIU commit. Huge, recent steal for the Huskies 2018 class. 

ATH Samson Evans, Prairie Ridge (6-foot-1, 190 pounds): Iowa commit. Humble kid and a very impressive athlete.

K John Richardson, Brother Rice (5-foot-10, 170 pounds): NIU commit. Possesses one of the state's best legs.

KR/PR Justin Hall, Homewood-Flossmoor (5-foot-10, 180 pounds): NIU commit. Versatile multi-positional player. 

[MORE: CSN Preps Power Rankings: Prairie Ridge at #1]

DL Devin O'Rourke, Lincoln-Way East (6-foot-6, 230 pounds): Northwestern commit. Great length/size and huge upside.

DL Noah Shannon, Oswego (6-foot-2, 290 pounds): Iowa commit. Strong, quick and a very physical two-way starter.

DL Isaiah Lee, Nazareth Academy (6-foot-2, 280 pounds): Iowa State commit. Impressive non-stop grinder. 

DL Dashaun Mallory, Bolingbrook (6-foot-3, 272 pounds): Undecided. Quite simply, he just plays at a higher level.

DL Elijah Teague, Marist (6-foot-3, 292 pounds): Minnesota commit. Great mix of speed and power. He will fit in well at Minny.

LB Jack Sanborn, Lake Zurich (6-foot-2, 215 pounds): Wisconsin commit.  Two year All-State player. 

LB Jaylan Alexander, Hoffman Estates (6-foot-1, 225 pounds): Purdue commit. Leader for the Hawks also plays multi-positions.

DB Tyrik Henderson, Glenbard North (5-foot-10, 170 pounds): Minnesota commit. Hard-nosed player and a high level competitor.

DB Clayton Isbell, St. Charles East (6-foot-3, 200 pounds): Undecided. Talented athlete will play on both sides of the football this season.

DB Cameron Mitchell, Bolingbrook (5-foot-10, 175 pounds): Undecided. Class of 2019 standout is already drawing offers. 

DB Sebastian Castro, Richards (6-foot-1, 198 pounds): Undecided. Junior impact performer for one of the state's top programs.

P Caleb Griffin, Danville (6-foot-3, 185 pounds): Undecided. Exceptional leg strength can kick and punt equally well. 

ATH Joe Bonds, DeLaSalle (6-foot-3, 205 pounds): Western Michigan commit. Could play LB/DE at the college level. 

26 Days to Kickoff: Metea Valley

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26 Days to Kickoff: Metea Valley

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. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Metea Valley

Head coach: Ben Kleinhans

Assistant Coaches: Matt Fehrmann, Matt Main, Jeff Schey, John Aister, Dr. Jim Braun, Russ Lorenz, Eric Kramer

Drew Fumagalli, JD Sheldon, Rick Kleinhans, Chris Leroy, Tom Doromal, Rob Woolwine DeAngelo Gerald, Kiel Smith, Chris Melin, , Alex Malandro

How they fared in 2016: 3-6 (2-6 DuPage Valley Conference), missed the 2016 IHSA state playoff field

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25th vs Neuqua Valley

September 1st vs Naperville North

September 8th @ Naperville Central

September 15th @ Wheaton North

September 22nd vs Waubonsie Valley

September 29th vs Lake Park

October 6th @ Wheaton South

October 13th @ Glenbard North

October 20th @ Rock Island

Biggest storyline: Can the Mustangs make some noise in the DVC in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior OT Bryce Effner (Penn State) Senior LB Ryan Malone

Biggest holes to fill: The Mustangs will need to reload at a few key spots this summer including quarterback and on the defensive line. 

EDGY's Early Take: Metea Valley will look towards it's offense and especially four returning starters on the offensive line which includes Penn State verbal commit Bryce Effner (6-foot-5, 290 pounds). Look for the Mustangs to come out and battle all comers in the DuPage Valley Conference.

Recruiting News and Notes: Quincy Patterson racking up offseason accolades

Recruiting News and Notes: Quincy Patterson racking up offseason accolades

Quincy Patterson (QB), Solorio

Solorio three-star quarterback Quincy Patterson (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) continues to draw accolades this offseason. Patterson, who took part in the Nike Football The Opening regional camp held at Halas Hall last Sunday, was named the camp's Most Valuable Player at the quarterback position. Patterson, who is already verbally committed to Virginia Tech, will also take part in the prestigious Elite 11 quarterback camp held at the Nike's headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon this summer. The camp features Nike's Top 11 junior quarterbacks from across the country.

I'Shawn Stewart (WR), Bolingbrook

Bolingbrook three-star wide receiver I'Shawn Stewart (5-foot-11, 165 pounds) is getting closer to making a college decision.

"I would like to visit where coaches are most interested in me and where I feel welcome and somewhere I will fit in," Stewart told OrangeandBlueNews.com's Beth Long. “Some places will definitely be Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin."

Stewart also said that he's, "hoping to commit sometime near the end of the month."

[MORE: Why Illinois football players are making verbal commitments so early]

Bryce Effner (OT), Metea Valley

Metea Valley offensive tackle Bryce Effner (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) has continued to draw increased recruiting attention and now has scholarship offers from Big Ten schools. Effner has recently added offers from both Penn State and Minnesota.

"(Recruiting) has been pretty exciting," Effner said. "It seems like more and more coaches are interested."

Effner was hoping to have wrapped up spring college visits but that could change.

"I was going to stop making visits in April and focus on school and training," Effner said. "That's still my plan but if  things change most likely I'd go visit Iowa, Minnesota or Notre Dame."

Samson Evans (ATH), Prairie Ridge

It's looking like Prairie Ridge three-star athlete Samson Evans (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) is inching closer to making his college choice.

Evans, who plays quarterback for the Wolves and led the team to the 2016 Class 6A football state title, was asked when he could make a verbal commitment.

"It could be in late May or Early June."

Evans also has a handful of visits in mind this spring.

"I'm probably going to head up to Iowa again for a spring game and maybe Minnesota for another visit. I'm also going to the NIU spring game."