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21st annual EDGYTIM/Rivals.com All State Team

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21st annual EDGYTIM/Rivals.com All State Team

The 2019 EDGYTIM/Rivals.com All-State team is comprised of the best of players from IHSA football classes 5A-8A. 

Player of the Year: East St. Louis junior QB Tyler Macon

QB: J.J. McCarthy, Nazareth Academy (2021, Michigan commit) — McCarthy is a two-time All Stater who passed for  2,820 yards and 34 touchdowns 

RB: Kaleb Brown, St. Rita (2022) — Brown already has seven FBS scholarship offers. He ran for 1,995 yards and 35 touchdowns. 

RB: Mar'Kiese Irving, Hillcrest (2021) — One of the most sought-after names in the 2021 class. Rushed for 1,733 yards and 24 touchdowns.

WR: A.J. Henning, Lincoln-Way East (2020, Michigan commit) — Henning was simply a threat every time he touched the football in 2019.

WR: Tyler Morris, Nazareth Academy (2021) — Another highly sought-after junior who had 71 catches for 1,261 yards and 17 touchdowns.

WR: Hank Beatty, Rochester (2022) — A sophomore who shined brightly in the Class 5A state title game. On the season, he had 100 catches for 2,018 yards and 26 touchdowns.

OL: Peter Skoronski, Maine South (2020, Northwestern commi) — An old-school throwback type of player and personality. 

OL: Marcus Harper II, Homewood-Flossmoor (2020, Oregon commit) — Big, strong and athletic big man with huge upside at the college level.

OL: Javontez Spraggins, East St. Louis (2020, Tennessee commit) — Three-year varsity starter and impact player for the 6A state champs.

OL: Jalen Grant, Chicago Mount Carmel (2020) — A two-way player who was dominant on either side of the football in 2019. 

OL: Dylan Barrett, St. Charles East (2020, Wisconsin commit) — Another high-impact long-term starter for the Saints this fall.

ATH: Luke Lehnen, Glenwood (2020) — Lehnen, a quarterback by trade, posted a combined 3,313 yards of total offense along with 50 touchdowns in 2019.

DL: Rylie Mills, Lake Forest (2020, Notre Dame commit) — Big, strong and mobile big man was a factor in everyone's game plan. 

DL: Willis Singleton Jr., Warren Township (2020, Iowa State commit) — One of the state's top defensive tackles in 2019.

DL: Justin Jefferson, Brother Rice (2020) — Jefferson's speed, strength and overall versatility, combined with a non-stop work ethic, was impressive in 2019.

DL: Nate Pedraza, Rolling Meadows (2020, Ball State commit) —  A two-way impact player for the Mustangs this fall.

DL: Sean McLaughlin, Lincoln-Way East (2020, Northwestern commit) — A 6-foot-7, 230 pounder played his best football when it counted the most.

LB: Juan Delacruz, Warren Township (2020) — Has size and speed. Contributed in all three phases for the Blue Devils this fall. 

LB: Quinn Urwiler, Batavia (2020 North Dakota commit) — One opposing coach called Urwiler, "The toughest kid we've faced in a long, long time."

DB: Antonio Johnson, East St. Louis (2020, Texas A&M commit) — The state's top-ranked recruit in the Class of 2020 according to Rivals.com. 

DB: Sam Tumilty, Willowbrook (2020) — A multi-year All-State performer who was as valuable as anyone to his team in 2019. Huge high school career. 

DB: Lavoise Donte McCoy, Homewood-Flossmoor (2020, Illinois State commit) — A grinder type who just made plays at all times for the Vikings and head coach Craig Buzea. 

DB: Ronald Pledger, Phillips (2020, Western Michigan commit) — Pledger was a two-way impact player in 2019 and a leader for the Wildcats on and off the field.

K: Jack Olsen, Wheaton South (2020) — Michigan State commit. Broke state records in his high school and has 50-plus yard field goal range. 

P: Dominic Dzioban, Lincoln-Way East (2020, Miami OH commit) — “The Dominator“ has 50-yard plus field goal range and his punting helped the Griffins defense flip field position all season long.

KR/PR: Antonio King, Bolingbrook (2020) — One of the state's most exciting players all season long for the Raiders and head coach John Ivlow. 

Breaking: NIU adds it's first 2021 commitment

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Breaking: NIU adds it's first 2021 commitment

Northern Illinois head coach Thomas Hammock was able to get an early start on the Huskies Class of 2021 as Solorio junior S/WR Brian Whitsey (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) was extended a scholarship offer today at the Huskies Junior Day recruiting event and later gave the Huskies his verbal commitment. 

"I visited NIU today for the Junior Day and NIU has been recruiting me since my sophomore year," Whitsey said. "After being at NIU and getting to know everyone better, I just feel like NIU is where I belong so I committed."

Whitsey, who was also drawing early recruiting attention from the likes of Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Eastern Illinois, Illinois and SIU discusses what stands out to him about NIU after his Junior Day visit.

"NIU has a great coaching staff. I also like the direction of the program and they have been a winning program for the most part over the last several years. I just feel that NIU has a lot to offer and that it's the best fit and the best place for me. That's why I decided to commit early."

Whitsey is the first known verbal commitment for NIU in the Class of 202.

High School Lites basketbal roundup: Week 7

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High School Lites basketbal roundup: Week 7

Check out our high school hoops highlights from some of the best games around the state, and be sure to follow @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest scores, highlights, and analysis

Windy City Legends: Candace Parker

Athlete of the Week: Lake Park West's Darrione Rodgers

Team of the Week: Saint Viator hockey

Highlights: Sandburg 63, Stagg 56

Highlights: Marist 57, St. Rita 46

Highlights: Benet 55, St. Charles East 44

Highlights: Morton 67, Leyden 55

Highlights: Sycamore 53, Kaneland 47

Mid-week Mixtape:  Thornton 55, Homewood-Flossmoor 43

Highlights: Buffalo Grove 80, Rolling Meadows 70

Highlights: Senn 73, Amundsen 67

Highlights: Clark 74, Crane 57

Highlights: Whitney Young 80, North Lawndale 41

Highlights Bolingbrook 79, Lincoln-Way East 66