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AP Illinois preps football rankings: Week 8

AP Illinois preps football rankings: Week 8

Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters.

Class 8A

No. School W-L Pts Prv
1 Loyola (9) 8-0 90 1
2 Brother Rice 8-0 81 2
3 Homewood-Flossmoor 8-1 70 3
4 Palatine 8-0 55 5
4 (tie) Naperville Neuqua Valley 8-0 55 4
6 Hinsdale Central 8-0 41 7
7 Edwardsville 7-1 32 9
8 St. Charles East 8-0 20 T10
9 Naperville North 7-1 14 NR
10 Marist 7-1 8 NR

Other receiving votes: Oswego 7, Glenbard West 7, Stevenson 6, Barrington 6, Lincoln-Way East 3

Class 7A

No. School W-L Pts Prv
1 East St. Louis (8) 8-0 89 1
2 Bradley-Bourbonnais (1) 8-0 79 2
3 Fenwick 7-1 70 3
4 St. Charles North 7-1 61 4
5 Rolling Meadows 8-0 47 7
6 Normal Community 7-1 46 8
6 (tie) Batavia 7-1 46 6
8 Benet 6-2 17 5
9 Lincoln-Way Central 6-2 8 NR
10 Machesney Park Harlem 6-2 7 NR
10 (tie) Glenbrook North 7-1 7 NR

Other receiving votes: Lincoln Way West 5, Highland Park 4, Lake Zurich 4, Chicago Mt. Carmel 2, St. Rita 2, Hoffman Estates 1

Class 6A

No. School W-L Pts Prv
1 Sacred Heart-Griffin (Spr.) (7) 8-0 88 1
2 Prairie Ridge (2) 8-0 83 2
3 Cary-Grove 7-1 71 3
4 Lemont 8-0 63 4
5 Rockford Auburn 7-1 47 5
6 DeKalb 7-1 42 6
7 Crete-Monee 6-2 31 7
8 Quincy 7-1 19 10
9 Antioch 8-0 17 NR
10 Rockford Boylan 7-1 9 9

Other receiving votes: Marmion 7, St. Laurence 5, Oak Lawn Richards 4, Danville 4, Montini 4, Reavis 1

Class 5A

No. School W-L Pts Prv
1 Peoria Central (11) 8-0 110 1
2 Sterling 8-0 99 2
3 Highland 7-1 83 3
4 Peoria Notre Dame 6-2 76 4
5 Washington 6-2 63 6
6 Morris 6-2 55 8
7 Centralia 6-2 41 10
8 Morgan Park 7-1 14 NR
8 (tie) Vernon Hills 6-2 14 NR
10 Chicago (Solorio Academy) 6-2 11 NR

Other receiving votes: Belvidere 8, Triad 8, Rochelle 5, Metamora 4, Cahokia 3, Payton 3, Decatur Eisenhower 2, Hillcrest 2, Woodstock Marian 2, Kankakee 1, Glenbard South 1

Class 4A

No. School W-L Pts Prv
1 Althoff Catholic (9) 8-0 114 1
2 Phillips (1) 7-1 102 2
3 Rochester 7-1 92 4
4 Johnsburg (1) 8-0 91 3
5 Columbia (1) 8-0 75 5
6 Genoa-Kingston 8-0 64 6
7 Mt. Zion 7-1 44 7
8 Canton 7-1 31 8
9 Aurora Central Catholic 7-1 21 9
10 Plano 6-2 9 NR

Other receiving votes: Rockford Lutheran 5, Herrin 4, Richmond-Burton 3, Breese Mater Dei 2, Geneseo 2, Taylorville 1

Class 3A

No. School W-L Pts Prv
1 IC Catholic (14) 8-0 140 1
2 Wilmington 8-0 122 2
3 Monticello 8-0 106 3
4 Byron 8-0 96 4
5 Herscher 8-0 75 6
6 North-Mac 8-0 72 5
7 Newton 8-0 61 7
8 Mt. Carmel 8-0 32 10
9 Bloomington Central Catholic 7-1 29 9
10 Farmington 8-0 14 NR

Other receiving votes: Pana 5, Elmwood-Brimfield 5, Breese Central 4, Westville 4, Williamsville 4, Carlinville 1

Class 2A

No. School W-L Pts Prv
1 Downs Tri-Valley (11) 8-0 136 1
2 Deer Creek-Mackinaw (3) 8-0 122 2
3 Sterling Newman 8-0 114 3
4 Mendon Unity 8-0 95 4
5 Maroa-Forsyth 7-1 77 6
6 Hamilton West Hancock 8-0 64 7
7 Fulton 6-2 55 8
8 Wethersfield 7-1 35 9
9 Eastland-Pearl City 7-1 30 5
10 St. Bede 6-2 25 NR

Other receiving votes: Carmi White County 6, Red Bud 4, DuQuoin 4, Eldorado 3

Class 1A

No. School W-L Pts Prv
1 Forreston (11) 8-0 128 1
2 Tuscola (2) 8-0 114 2
3 Ottawa Marquette 8-0 97 3
4 Stockton 8-0 94 4
5 Decatur St. Teresa 7-1 78 6
6 Lena-Winslow 6-2 59 8
7 Decatur Lutheran (LSA) 8-1 38 NR
8 Athens 6-2 37 9
9 Mt. Sterling (Brown County) 6-2 27 10
10 Argenta-Oreana 7-1 17 5

Other receiving votes: Aquin 16, Bureau Valley 4, Camp Point Central 3, Dakota 2, Arcola 1

Breaking: RB Williams pledges to Iowa

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Breaking: RB Williams pledges to Iowa

It didn't take very long for Oak Lawn Richards three star ranked junior RB LeShon Williams (5-foot-10, 205 pounds) to give the Iowa Hawkeyes his verbal commitment. Williams, who added a scholarship offer from Iowa yesterday decided this afternoon to commit to the Hawkeyes and announced his college decision via his Twitter account. 

"For me it was really all about the tradition and the culture (at Iowa)," according to Williams. "It's always been a dram of mine to play in the Big 10 conference, so why not play for Iowa and get to play again with one of my old teammates."

Williams, who is holding 16 scholarship offers this spring will join former Richards quarterback/safety Sebastian Castro who is part of the Class of 2019 for the Hawkeyes. Williams is now the 10th known verbal commitment in the Iowa Class of 2020 and is also the third known State of Illinois pledge for Iowa. Williams joins Byron three star ranked OL Tyler Elsbury along with Lena-Winslow three star ranked defensive end Isaiah Bruce as Land of Lincoln commitments. 

Quarterback JJ McCarthy commits to Michigan

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Quarterback JJ McCarthy commits to Michigan

Nazareth Academy sophomore quarterback JJ McCarthy (6-foot-2, 180 pounds), who had an All State season in 2018 leading the Roadrunners to the Class 7A state title decided to give the Michigan Wolverines his verbal commitment today while making a return unofficial visit to the Ann Arbor, Michigan, campus.

“I have a list of all the things I need to check off before I make my decision,” McCarthy told Rivals.com's Midwest Recruiting Expert Josh Helmholdt. “It’s a literal piece of paper I have at home, and Michigan checked every single one of those boxes.”

Among the various factors for McCarthy in deciding upon Michigan included location, academics along with preparing him for the next level of football.

“With all the NFL ties Michigan has, especially quarterback-wise with coach (Jim) Harbaugh and coach (Ben) McDaniels, it’s really a no-brainer for me,” McCarthy said. “When I hear ‘Michigan,’ I think of Tom Brady. He’s the greatest of all time and he’s an alum… at my position too.”

McCarthy, who was already holding over 30 verbal scholarship offers including offers from multiple Power 5 programs is the second known verbal commitment in the Michigan Wolverines Class of 2021 joining Stevenson Sterling Heights (Mich.) ranked offensive tackle Giovanni El Hadi.

McCarthy is now the fourth known verbal commitment from the state of Illinois Class of 2021, joining Antioch sophomore QB Athan Kaliakmanis (Minnesota) and his brother Dino Kaliakmanis (Minnesota) and Naperville Central sophomore QB/ATH Sam Jackson (Minnesota).