Glenbard North

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 19 Glenbard North

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 19 Glenbard North

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: Glenbard North

Head coach: Ryan Wilkens

How they fared in 2016: 8-3 (6-2 DuPage Valley Conference), made the Class 7A state playoff field, defeated Pekin then lost to East St. Louis in second round action.

Aug. 25 vs. Naperville Central

Sept. 1 @ Waubonsie Valley

Sept. 8 vs. Wheaton South

Sept. 16 @ McCrackin (Paducah, Ky)

Sept. 22 vs. Naperville North

Sept. 28 @ Wheaton North

Oct. 7 @ Lake Park

Oct. 13 vs. Metea Valley

Oct. 20 @ Neuqua Valley

Biggest storyline: Can the Panthers reload in the offensive skills and can the defense live up to the hype?

Names to watch this season:  Senior DB/WR Tyrik Henderson (Minnesota) senior OL Jose Vazquez

Biggest holes to fill: The Panthers will need to find answers in a handful of key spots including QB/RB. 

EDGY's Early Take: The Panthers, who recently saw standout DB Greg Newsome transfer this summer to IMG Academy, have several questions, yet Glenbard North is still a very good and dangerous team to watch in 2017. The Panthers feature four starters back on the offensive line along with one of the state's best defensive secondaries. I also expect several of the Panthers standouts play multiple roles for Glenbard North this season. 

Recruiting News and Notes: Mariano Sori-Marin commits to Minnesota

Recruiting News and Notes: Mariano Sori-Marin commits to Minnesota

Mariano Sori-Marin (OLB), Providence Catholic

Providence Catholic junior outside linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) added a recent offer from Minnesota and gave the Gophers his verbal commitment late last week.

"It's been pretty overwhelming," Sori-Marin said. "Minnesota just offers the best fit for me so I committed. Minnesota also offers strong academics, plus they also play in the Big Ten. After I visited, I knew that Minnesota is a great place to be so I talked it over with my family and I committed."

Sori-Marin, who missed nearly the entire 2016 season after suffering an injury in Week 1, went from largely under the radar to Gophers pledge in a hurry. 

"Both my recruiting coach at Minnesota (Brian Callahan) and the defensive coordinator (Robb Smith) came to watch one of my workouts in person a few weeks ago," Sori-Marin said. "The Minnesota coaches called me a few days later and invited me to come up and make a campus visit. I went to Minnesota last week with my parents for a visit and they offered me before we left campus. We went home and talked it over and gave it a few days to sink in. Minnesota is just a great fit for me and I'm very excited to be committed to the University of Minnesota."

Sori-Marin is now the third Illinois verbal pledge to Minnesota's Class of 2018, joining Glenbard North defensive back Tyrik Henderson and Marist defensive tackle Elijah Teague.

Denver Warren (DT), West Aurora

West Aurora freshman defensive tackle Denver Warren (6-foot-3, 285 pounds) has been highly impressive on the camp circuit. Warren added his first two scholarship offers last weekend from Iowa State and Central Michigan.

"It's awesome to add two offers already," Warren said. "I spoke with the coaches at Iowa State on Saturday and then about a half hour later I also talked to Central Michigan and they also extended me an offer. I'm just really excited and so is my family."

Warren, who played for Aurora Christian last season before transferring to West Aurora, has also started to draw more recruiting attention after adding his first two offers. 

"I've had 5-6 different college coaches start to follow me on Twitter right after I tweeted out my offers," Warren said.

[RELATED: Recruiting news and notes - Fenwick's Mike O'Laughlin headed to West Virginia]

Jaylan Alexander (ILB), Hoffman Estates

Hoffman Estates junior inside linebacker Jaylan Alexander (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) has added several scholarship offers and increased recruiting attention this spring. 

"I have offers so far from NIU, Western Kentucky, Illinois State, Eastern Michigan, Western Illinois, Central Michigan and Bowling Green," Alexander said. "We've also been seeing a lot of college coaches in school this spring. Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Central Michigan, NIU, Illinois, Western Kentucky and a few others have all been in so far. Most of the coaches come and watch our team workouts. Michigan State has also invited me to come and camp with them this summer."

Alexander also is lining up his summer college one-day camp schedule.

"I'm planning to go to the North Central College camp with Minnesota and then the following day when Iowa State is at NCC," Alexander said. "I'm also going to the Northwestern showcase camp and also NIU for a one day camp."

Alec Pierce (WR), Glenbard West

Glenbard West junior wide receiver Alec Pierce (6-foot-3, 191 pounds) has a half dozen scholarship offers, along with several BCS schools paying close attention to him.

"We've seen a lot of coaches in school so far," Pierce said. "Most of the college coaches come into school in the morning to watch our morning workouts. Illinois was in school, along with Minnesota, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Northwestern and Wisconsin over the past week. It also seems like the entire Mid-American conference as been in school this spring."

Pierce has scholarship offers from Illinois State, Fordham, Central Michigan, Columbia, South Dakota and Western Illinois.

Northwestern nabs another: GBN's Greg Newsome commits to Wildcats

Northwestern nabs another: GBN's Greg Newsome commits to Wildcats

It's good to be a Northwestern fan these days.

Glenbard North safety Greg Newsome (6-foot-2, 170 pounds) decided to end his recruiting process and gave Northwestern and head coach Pat Fitzgerald his verbal commitment on Monday. Newsome, who was one of the Midwest's hottest recruits this winter and early spring, announced his decision on Twitter this afternoon.

Newsome, who spent his entire spring break last week visiting several schools, chose Northwestern over programs including Illinois, Iowa. Michigan State, Minnesota, Rutgers and Purdue.

Newsome is now the Wildcats 10th verbal commitment in the 2018 class and the sixth known in-state pledge. Newsome joins Lincoln-Way East four-star DE Devin O'Rourke, Libertyville three-star OL Charlie Schmidt, Crystal Lake Central three-star OL Wyatt Blake, New Trier three-star TE Brian Kaiser and Dunlap three-star TE Charlie Mangieri.

Northwestern now had the 11th best recruiting class in the nation according to the updated Rivals.com Team Recruiting rankings.