Micah Jones

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. 

Recruiting News and Notes: Micah Jones nearing college decision

Recruiting News and Notes: Micah Jones nearing college decision

Micah Jones (WR), Warren Township

Warren Township four-star ranked wide receiver Micah Jones (6-foot-5, 196 pounds) will make his college decision in a press conference at 3 p.m. on Friday at his high school. Jones, who has several Power 5 offers, has named Iowa, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Illinois and Northwestern as his finalists. Jones' last two recent unofficial campus visits came at Notre Dame and Northwestern.

Mount Carmel (ATH), Alek Thomas

Mount Carmel junior athlete Alek Thomas (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) recently gave TCU his verbal commitment to play both football and baseball in college. Thomas, who played running back and quarterback for Hall of Fame head coach Frank Lenti's Caravan last fall, is also one of the top baseball prospects in the Class of 2018. Playing both sports in college was a high priority for Thomas.

"Playing both sports in college has always been my dream,"Thomas said. "TCU offered me that opportunity, but they also offer so much more. TCU has great facilities, great coaches and it's just a really good overall fit for me. They also have a history of having multi-sport athletes so they have experience dealing with it and they are comfortable with the idea. TCU from the football side is looking at me as more of a slot back along with returning kicks and punts."

Queneil Morrison (DT), Phillips

Phillips head coach Troy McAllister has yet another FBS recruit in junior defensive tackle Queneil Morrison (6-foot-2, 300 pounds). 

"I have offers now from NIU, Bowling Green and Toledo," Morrison said. "My first offer was from NIU was awhile ago and it's exciting to hear from new schools."

Morrison plans to make his first unofficial visit to NIU on Saturday.

Scholarship notes

A handful of local Class of 2018 players have added multiple scholarship offers over the past few weeks. Glenbard North defensive back Greg Newsome (6-foot-2, 170 pounds) is quickly approaching 20 verbal offers with his latest offers coming from Vanderbilt and Purdue. Lincoln-Way East defensive end Devin O'Rourke (6-foot-6, 250 pounds) recently added offers from Penn State, Rutgers and Iowa. Marist has three players who have added multiple offers so far this winter in defensive tackle Elijah Teague (6-foot-3, 292 pounds), tight end TJ Ivy (6-foot-5, 217 pounds) and defensive end Gavin McCabe (6-foot-3, 255 pounds). Western Michigan offered all three Redhawks scholarships on Wednesday morning.