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2017 National Signing Day: Recruiting Tracker

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2017 National Signing Day: Recruiting Tracker

Stay tuned to CSN and CSNChicago.com on Wednesday for National Signing Day 2017. Find out where the top recruits in the area will choose to play at the next level and discover new talent from around the country heading to local college programs like Notre Dame, Northwestern, Illinois, Northern Illinois and many more.

Follow along with the tracker all day and get yourself primed with Edgy Tim's preview content:

Edgy Tim's Signing Day Preview

Edgy Tim's Top 25 Class of 2017 Illinois Football Prospects

Edgy Tim's Chicagoland Class of 2018 Top 55 Watch List

Be sure to also follow us on Twitter at @CSNPreps and follow Edgy Tim as well @EdgyTim for even more coveage of National Signing Day. 

10:45 a.m.: Illinois added St. Rita linebacker Marc Mondesir among its 10 in-state signees on Wednesday. The 6-foot-2 Mondesir was the No. 26 overall player in Illinois in the Class of 2017.

10:40 a.m.: Northwestern stayed local for another recruit with Lakes defensive back Cameron Ruiz. The 5-foot-10 Ruiz was Edgy Tim's No. 28 overall player in Illinois in the Class of 2017.

10:35 a.m. Illinois added another playmaker at wide receiver by signing Bolingbrook's Kendall Smith. The 6-foot-2 Smith joins Brother Rice's Ricky Smalling to give the Illini more vertical threats in the offense. Smith is Edgy Tim's No. 13 overall prospect.

10:30 a.m. The Spartans continued to keep momentum going by announcing the signing of four-star Maine South offensive lineman Kevin Jarvis. The 6-foot-5 Jarvis is the No. 13 offensive guard in the Class of 2017 and the No. 218 player overall. 

10:25 a.m.: Michigan State announced the signing of Lake Park defensive end Jacub Panasiuk. The 6-foot-4 Panasiuk follows in the footsteps of his brother, Mike, who is a freshman defensive tackle.

10:20 a.m.: Northern Illinois added some depth to its line by signing St. Charles North offensive lineman Isaac Hawn. The 6-foot-6 Hawn is Edgy Tim's No. 23 player in the Illinois Class of 2017.

10:15 a.m.: In a televised announcement, four-star East St. Louis wide receiver Jeff Thomas committed to Miami. One of the only decisions left to be made on Signing Day from Illinois, the 5-foot-10 Thomas is the No. 2 overall prospect in Edgy Tim's Illinois rankings. Thomas is the No. 8 overall wide receiver and the No. 57 overall player.

10:05 a.m.: Iowa signed its third prospect from Illinois on the day with Bradley-Bourbonnais defensive back Camron Harrell. The 5-foot-10 Harrell joins Oswego East's Ivory Kelly-Martin and Edwardsville's A.J. Epenesa as the Hawkeyes' in-state players.

10:00 a.m.: Miami (Ohio) came into Illinois and nabbed a top-20 prospect with the signing of Deerfield defensive end Josh Maize

9:55 a.m.: Protecting quarterbacks will be the job for Prospect offensive lineman Alex Palczewski as he signed with Illinois. The 6-foot-6 lineman was a bit of a late bloomer but he's Edgy Tim's No. 25 in-state prospect in the Class of 2017.

9:50 a.m. Illinois is hoping to find a quarterback of the future by getting Marian Catholic quarterback Cameron Thomas. The 6-foot-3 Thomas is a dual-threat quarterback and was Edgy Tim's No. 27 player in the state in this class.

9:45 a.m.: Marist had a busy signing day with three players signing among Edgy Tim's top 100 prospects. Yale getting linebacker Micah Awodiran was the biggest coup as they landed the No. 14 overall prospect over offers from bigger programs. Kansas also signed defensive back Robert Topps and Kansas State signed offensive lineman Bill Kuduk.

9:23 a.m.: Minnesota and new head coach P.J. Fleck have signed Bishop McNamara wide receiver Chris Autman-Bell. The 6-foot-1 Autman-Bell is the No. 17 overall prospect in Illinois.

9:18 a.m.: Playing next to Oladipo at Illinois could be Peoria defensive tackle Kendrick Green. The 6-foot-3 state champion signed with the Illini and is another top-20 Illinois prospect as he's No. 18 in the state. 

9:13 a.m.: On the defensive line, Illinois also kept talent at home by signing Huntley defensive end Olalere Oladipo. The 6-foot-4 Oladipo -- who goes by "Lere" -- is another top-15 in-state prospect to sign for head coach Lovie Smith as he rates as Edgy Tim's No. 12 overall prospect.

9:10 a.m.: Illinois bolstered its offensive line with the addition of Rockford Auburn offensive lineman Vederian Lowe. The 6-foot-5 Lowe is the No. 11 prospect in Illinois, per Edgy Tim and he's one of four top-15 in-state signees for the Illini.

9:00 a.m.: Notre Dame continues to add area talent with the signing of St. Viator tight end Cole Kmet. We profiled Cole Kmet earlier this year as our Wintrust Athlete of the Week. The Irish are gaining a four-star prospect who is the No. 3 tight end and No. 95 overall prospect nationally. 

8:55 a.m.Lemont tight end Logan Christopherson has officially signed with Missouri. The 6-foot-6 Christopherson finished as the No. 15 Illinois prospect in Edgy Tim's final state class rankings.

8:50 a.m.: Northwestern stayed quiet in terms of local recruiting in the Class of 2017 but they did sign Glenbard North wide receiver Jace James. The 6-foot-1 James is considered Edgy Tim's No. 19 overall prospect in Illinois in the class.

8:45 a.m.: Iowa continued to be active in Illinois on National Signing Day by inking Oswego East running back Ivory Kelly-Martin. The 5-foot-11 Kelly-Martin is considered the No. 41 overall running back by Rivals as he gives the Hawkeyes a versatile back.

8:40 a.m.: The top prospect in Illinois, Edwardsville defensive end A.J. Epenesa, has signed with Iowa. The 6-foot-5 legacy recruit is considered a five-star prospect and the No. 1 strongside defensive end in the country, according to Rivals. Epenesa is the No. 30 overall national prospect.

8:37 a.m.: Duke stayed busy in the Land of Lincoln this morning by announcing the signing of Loyola Academy tight end Jake Marwede. The 6-foot-5 Marwede could be catching passes from Jacobs quarterback Chris Katrenick for the Blue Devils down the line. Marwede rates as the No. 19 overall tight end nationally, according to Rivals.

8:33 a.m.: Illinois has one of its most important signatures in. Brother Rice four-star wide receiver Ricky Smalling signed this morning during a signing ceremony as our own Edgy Tim was in attedance. The 6-foot-1 Smalling is a vertical threat for the Illini as he's regarded as the No. 48 overall wide receiver prospect by Rivals.

8:30 a.m.: Jacobs quarterback Chris Katrenick has signed with Duke as the 6-foot-2 three-star signal caller was a hot recruit at the end. Originally committed to Bowling Green, Katrenick was one of the state's best quarterbacks this season.

8:20 a.m.: Notre Dame has announced Neuqua Valley senior Isaiah Robertson. The four-star athlete could find himself playing either side of the ball for the Irish as Rivals rates him as the No. 202 overall prospect nationally. Edgy Tim considers the 6-foot-2 Robertson to be the No. 3 overall prospect in Illinois in the Class of 2017.

8:15 a.m.: Wisconsin has announced Bolingbrook's Izayah Green-May. Regarded as the No. 9 overall prospect in Edgy Tim's Illinois Class of 2017 rankings, Green-May is considered the No. 32 weakside defensive end nationally, according to Rivals.

65 Days to Kickoff: Solorio

65 Days to Kickoff: Solorio

NBCSportsChicago.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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Solorio

Head coach: Bill Ziemba

Assistant coaches: John Erlenbaugh, Rob Oden, Carol White, Joe Mende and Phil Wisniewski

How they fared in 2018: 7-5 (2-3 CPL Illini Red Bird Conference). Solorio failed to qualify for the 2018 IHSA state playoff field. The Sun Warriors then entered the CPL playoffs and defeated Lincoln Park and Curie before losing to Taft in the title game.
 
2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Clark
Sept. 6 vs Phoenix Academy
Sept. 13 @ Raby
Sept. 20 vs Simeon
Sept. 27 @ Taft
Oct. 4 vs Westinghouse
Oct. 11 @ Curie
Oct. 18 vs Hubbard
Oct. 25 vs Perspectives Leadership

[MORE: 82 Days to Kickoff - Taft]

Biggest storyline: The Sun Warriors had a recent string of IHSA playoff berths; last year they advanced to the Public League title game. Can the Sun Warriors make it back to the IHSA state playoff field in 2019?

Names to watch this season: RB Amarius Weatherspoon (Jr.) and WR/DB Brian Whitsey (Jr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Sun Warriors will bring back a ton of experience for 2019 but will need to fill a few key spots this summer. That list includes the quarterback position and along the defensive line.

EDGY's Early Take: Solorio head coach Bill Ziemba believes his Sun Warriors are in the top five of Public League programs. They finished the 2018 season with a 5-4 record but missed the IHSA state playoff field because of low playoff points. The Sun Warriors will need to ramp up their overall game as they move into to the CPL Illini Land of Lincoln conference. If they can get out of the gates well early on, they have a great shot at getting back to the state playoffs in 2019. 

Five takeaways from the Riverside-Brookfield Shootout

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Five takeaways from the Riverside-Brookfield Shootout

The Riverside-Brookfield Shootout is annually one of the summer's must-see events for Illinois high school basketball, but this season was elevated to another level.

Division I college coaches were able to evaluate at the tournament thanks to the NCAA's new June live evaluation period as over 60 of the state's best teams played for three days in front of hundreds of college coaches.

In the end, there was a lot to be learned about some of the area's stronger teams this season while the junior class looks like they'll be one of the strongest in terms of depth that we've seen in recent years.

Here's a look at five major takeaways to watch for this season after Riverside-Brookfield.

1. Stevenson remains a major threat after last season's strong finish

One of the most pleasant surprises of last season was Stevenson as the Patriots went from an unranked preseason team to nearly making it to state in Class 4A. We were reminded of just how good Stevenson might be this year at R-B as the Patriots took home the title with an impressive three days of play.

While head coach Pat Ambrose's roster isn't littered with Division I prospects and household names, Stevenson has the luxury of returning most of last season's successful core. Senior guard Luke Chieng will be tough to replace but Ambrose returns his two sons, senior shooter Matt and junior floor general Evan, along with athletic forward Robert Holmes and experienced senior John Ittounas.

The bench also appears to be far from bare for the Patriots as Stevenson deserves credit for picking up wins over powerhouse programs like Simeon, Collinsville, Curie and Whitney Young over the course of the weekend. Matt Ambrose was named MVP of the event, but Evan Ambrose is a heady point guard who makes plays for others while Holmes has improved enough to now be on Division II radars with his electric above-the-rim play.

It's hard to say where Stevenson will be ranked this preseason, but they'll undoubtedly be the team to beat in the North Suburban after sharing the league title with Waukegan last season. And although Ambrose is perhaps most known for his Peoria trips with Jalen Brunson, Connor Cashaw and Justin Smith, he also made a prior Peoria trip with Stevenson (2007) and a deep playoff run last season without high-major star power.

Stevenson will be a major threat in the area this season as they're one of the most cohesive and selfless teams in Illinois.

2. Despite title-game loss, Whitney Young might be the area's top preseason team

Whitney Young lost in the title game at R-B to Stevenson but the Dolphins still have the look of a team who will be in the mix for the No. 1 spot once preseason rankings come out.

Although Morgan Park, and a handful of others, remain firmly in the preseason No. 1 conversation, it's hard not to like what the Dolphins bring to the table in terms of star power, senior leadership and overall depth.

The backcourt of seniors D.J. Steward and Tyler Beard remains perhaps the best one-two punch of any tandem in the state, and they're joined by the deepest backcourt to give Whitney Young supreme depth. Aurora Christian transfer Jaeshon Thomas already appears to be a starting-caliber player (although the Public League is a major step up from the Class 1A program he came from) while the bench of senior Elliot Sieger and poised freshman Dalen Davis would earn starting roles at many other places.

And the frontcourt keeps getting better for the Dolphins as well. Junior Grant Newell is starting to turn potential into production with his intriguing inside-outside play while senior Sangolay Njie is a solid defender who can control the glass.

However, head coach Tyrone Slaughter still needs to figure out why the Dolphins take their foot off the gas sometimes. There were also frightening stretches of play from Whitney Young where the Dolphins looked like they were playing at another level compared the event's other teams. As long as Steward and Beard stay healthy, the Dolphins will be a huge contender in the city and Class 4A.

3. Curie and Bogan are strong despite significant senior losses

Two of the area's best teams last season, Bogan and Curie, both lost first-team All-Area players from last season after making trips to Peoria. It'll be impossible for the Bengals to replace big man Rashaun Agee and guard DaJuan Gordon.

Thankfully for both programs, their depth at all levels continues to shine through as both teams remain active in the city and state title conversations.

Curie has a blossoming star in senior Ramean Hinton as the scoring wing can get buckets at all three levels while still maintaining improved efficiency as an overall offensive threat. Hinton has the potential to breakout and be a first-team All-Area player next season as his confidence is soaring this summer.

The Condors also return steady ball handler and menacing defender Elijah Pickens in the backcourt while junior Phillip Berryhill continues to look like an intriguing future player despite missing some shots this weekend.

Bogan has depth and athletics all over the floor as they fly to the ball defensively with some emerging talents at multiple spots. Senior guard Kyndall Davis drew rave reviews from college coaches for his upside and above-the-rim play as he's one of the area's better two-way wings. Big man Tremear Fraley finished some vicious lobs as his motor and bounciness stood out to help make him one of the event's better frontcourt players.

Both teams have plenty more assets to choose from as the Bengals and Condors can both press, attack on offense and also knock down perimeter shots. It's hard to envision a top ten that doesn't include both of these teams come preseason.

4. The addition of Louis Lesmond makes Notre Dame a team to watch

Notre Dame was already going to be fun to watch this season. The junior tandem of guard Anthony Sayles and forward Troy D'Amico was one of the state's blossoming tandems when it comes to overall play and college looks.

Now that the Dons have added transfer Louis Lesmond to the mix however, Notre Dame is going to be one of the must-see teams to catch this season. Now featuring three bonafide studs, the Dons have multiple scoring options, adept handlers and length and size at most positions.

With that junior trio joined by 6-foot-4 senior Jason Bergstrom, a talented scorer and prospect in his own right, Notre Dame is a no-brainer top-25 team next season with huge aspirations to reach higher levels following a promising 19-win season.

5. The junior class has far more star power than just Rolling Meadows guard Max Christie

A monster spring and summer has vaulted Rolling Meadows junior guard Max Christie into the five-star spectrum in national recruiting rankings. Christie didn't play this weekend at R-B in order to rest after a long summer, but the national recruit and recent Olympic Gold Medalist is the benchmark in what is looking like a deep junior class.

The Class of 2021 should have many stars leading teams this season. Fenwick forward Bryce Hopkins, OPRF wing Isaiah Barnes, Simeon guard Ahamed Bynum, Neuqua Valley wing John Poulakidas, Mundelein point guard Conor Enright, big man Scottie Ebube and Hillcrest wing Julius Rollins were among a small group of juniors who earned a lot of praise from Division I coaches with their play at Riverside-Brookfield.

When you also factor in the Notre Dame trio of juniors, Evanston's junior talent of Jaylin Gibson, Blake Peters and Isaiah Holden, Lincoln Park's returning backcourt of Julio Montes and Ismail Habib and Schaumburg big man Chris Hodges, who sat out, the Class of 2021 has the potential to be the best class the area has seen the past few seasons.