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Big week of matchups ahead for the latest Preps Power Rankings

Big week of matchups ahead for the latest Preps Power Rankings

The Power Rankings don't see many changes this week as only four teams from last week's list lost games. Since the snow postponed many of Friday night's games, the schedule was limited for a few of the teams. The quarterfinals of the Public League Playoffs should see action pick up this week while big matchups in the Catholic League and CSL South also loom. 

1. Simeon (22-3, 9-0) (1) -- The Wolverines have moved on to the Public League Playoff quarterfinals after two big wins the first two rounds. Simeon has to face Uplift and could face either Whitney Young or Morgan Park in the semifinals. 

2. Orr (21-3, 9-0) (2) -- Orr cruised to two double-digit wins in the Public League Playoffs as they advanced to face Bogan in the quarterfinals. If the Spartans advance, they could get a rematch with Curie in the semifinals. 

3. Curie (22-3, 8-1) (3) -- The Condors moved on the the quarterfinals in the Public League Playoffs with wins over Hubbard and UP-Englewood. Things get much tougher for Curie in the next one when they take on Kenwood. 

4. Whitney Young (21-6, 7-2) (4) -- Whitney Young beat Clark and Vocational in the Public League Playoffs this week. Next comes a huge quarterfinal matchup against Morgan Park on Tuesday. 

5. Morgan Park (18-8, 7-2) (5) -- Ayo Dosunmu returned in a major way for the Mustangs in wins over King and Prosser. Now Morgan Park gets a huge showdown with Whitney Young in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. 

6. Evanston (19-4, 7-1) (6) -- Arguably the hottest team in the area, Evanston took down Loyola during the week for another huge win. The Wildkits will try to stay atop the crowded CSL South race with games against Niles West and New Trier this week. 

7. Niles North (21-3, 5-3) (8) -- Good win for Niles North as they ran past red-hot Prospect for a quality non-conference win. The Vikings will face Maine South and travel to Wisconsin for a game against St. Catherine's this week. 

8. Fenwick (16-7, 7-0) (10) -- The Friars had the week off with a game getting snowed out against Marmion. Fenwick will make that game up this week while also battling Loyola in an important Catholic League battle. 

9. New Trier (19-3, 6-1) (11) -- New Trier had the week off since its game against Niles North got delayed by the snow. The Trevians have an important week in the CSL South when they play Maine South and Evanston. 

10. Loyola (21-4, 5-1) (7) -- Loyola dropped a non-conference game to Evanston during the week as the Ramblers lost a close one to a hot team. The Ramblers have another important week ahead when they battle St. Joseph and Fenwick in Catholic League play. 

11. Oak Park-River Forest (18-5, 9-0) (13) -- The Huskies earned a West Suburban Silver win over Downers North. OPRF has three games to deal with this week when they play Hinsdale Central, York and Proviso West. 

12. Benet (19-4, 5-1) (14) -- A good double-digit win for Benet as they beat St. Charles North during the week. The Redwings will try to stay in the ESCC race when they face Joliet Catholic this week and they also have a non-conference game with Stevenson. 

13. West Aurora (18-4, 7-0) (15) -- West Aurora had the week off as they prepare to face South Elgin in an Upstate Eight Valley game. The Blackhawks have won 10 straight games.  

14. Wheaton-Warrenville South (22-4, 13-1) (16) -- Two DuPage Valley wins for the Tigers during the week as they beat Naperville Central and Waubonsie Valley. Wheaton Warrenville South tries to stay ahead in the conference race when they play Metea Valley. 

15. Marist (22-4, 5-2) (12) -- Marist dropped an ESCC game on the road at St. Viator over the weekend after picking up an easy win over Ag. Science. The RedHawks battle St. Patrick in another ESCC game this week. 

16. Marian Catholic (17-4, 3-3) (17) -- Marian Catholic had two wins during the week as they defeated Providence and Mount Carmel in a pair of non-conference games. The Spartans have three more games this week when they play Nazareth, Rich Central and Marian Central. 

17. Naperville North (21-2, 12-1) (18) -- The Huskies are over the 20-win mark on the season as they defeated Glenbard North and Neuqua Valley. Naperville North is trying to stay in the DuPage Valley race when they play Naperville Central and Waubonsie Valley. 

18. Bolingbrook (17-5, 5-2) (19) -- Bolingbrook got back on track with a double-digit win over Sandburg. The Raiders have an important SouthWest Suburban Blue conference clash this week when they battle Homewood-Flossmoor. 

19. DePaul Prep (19-6, 4-3) (9) -- The Rams fell in Catholic League play to Brother Rice. DePaul Prep will try to bounce back when they face Mount Carmel this week. 

20. Joliet Central (18-4, 10-0) (20) -- Joliet Central had its game postponed so they didn't play during the week. The Steelmen play Plainfield Central and Oswego East in Southwest Prairie play during the week. 

21. Hillcrest (19-5, 11-0) (21) -- The Hawks earned a double-digit win over Bremen as they stayed unbeaten in South Suburban play. Hillcrest will try to stay that way when they play T.F. North and Oak Forest this week. 

22. Leo (18-5, 7-0) (23) -- The Lions hold a two-game lead in the Catholic League White as they knocked off Montini. Leo will play Marmion in their regular season finale Friday before starting 2A regional play next week. 

23. Homewood-Flossmoor (15-6, 6-1) (24) -- Homewood-Flossmoor won two more games this week as they took down Stagg and Marshall. The Vikings will attempt to hold on to the SouthWest Suburban Blue lead when they battle Bolingbrook this week. 

24. Hinsdale South (18-5, 6-2) (25) -- The Hornets continued their recent strong stretch with victories over Downers South and Leyden. Hinsdale South will play Addison Trail and Proviso East this week as they try to stay on top of the West Suburban Gold. 

25. St. Viator (20-5, 7-0) (NR) -- Still unbeaten in the ESCC, the Lions took down Marist for another big league win. St. Viator will face Bartlett and Carmel this week. 

Recruiting News and Notes: Wynston Russell verbally commits to Oregon State


Recruiting News and Notes: Wynston Russell verbally commits to Oregon State

Homewood-Flossmoor’s senior three star-ranked defensive back Wynston Russell (5-foot-10, 160 pounds) announced his verbal commitment to Oregon State via his Twitter account.

"I really like the coaches at Oregon State a lot and they played a big role in my decision," Russell said. "Coach Tibs (Tim Tibesar) and head coach (Jonathon) Smith along with the rest of the coaches at Oregon State are a newer staff and they are going to win a lot of games at Oregon State. On my official visit I was able to learn more about the great academic support system in place. The academic support that is offered at Oregon State is great and they also work hard on career planning and placement."

"Everyone on the official visit really bonded last weekend, and the guys already on the team also made us feel like part of the team already. The guys on the team are great guy. I also really liked the campus life at Oregon State. You have plenty of things to do but you can also focus on academics and you don't have a ton of distractions. I just felt very comfortable at Oregon State and that was another big part of my decision. I just felt like I fit in there."

Russell was holding multiple scholarship offers and also considered Wisconsin, Western Michigan and Toledo before giving the Beavers his commitment. 

Chicago Mount Carmel senior offensive guard recruit Marcelo Mendiola (6-foot-5, 290 pounds) impress the University of Cincinnati coaches at a recently-held North Central College satellite camp. A few weeks later Mendiola added a Bearcat offer, visited the campus and then gave Cincinnati his verbal commitment.

"It's (Cincinnati) just a great fit for myself and my family," Mendiola said. "We talked it over and I just have a lot in common with the coaches and the philosophy in the football program at Cincinnati. I looked hard at things like the overall depth chart and I'll have a chance to come in and earn early playing time."

Joliet Catholic senior offensive tackle Dave Monnot III (6-foot-6, 285 pounds) decided to give Purdue his verbal commitment after adding a camp offer from the Boilermakers. Monnot III camped at Purdue last Monday, added a Boilermakers offer last Thursday and immediately gave the Purdue staff his verbal commitment.

"One of the big things that sold me on (Purdue) was the coaching staff," Monnot III said. "I love the way Coach (Dale) Williams coaches. He's an Ohio guy and he's going to hold me accountable if I mess up, and that's something I look for in a coach. The final factor was the players (at Purdue). I didn't get a chance to talk to any of the players while I was there, but at my gym here at home, Rudy's, Evan Panfil used to go there, so I had his number. I gave him a call and asked him about his experience there and he sold me."

Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin senior three star-ranked offensive tackle Nick Broeker (6-foot-5, 290 pounds) decided earlier this week to give Ole Miss his verbal commitment. Broeker, who was holding 18 scholarship offers this summer pointed towards his connection to Ole Miss as one of his reasons on giving the Rebels his commitment.

"Ole Miss just has so much to offer," according to Broeker. "It's a great fit for me in so many ways. They play in the best conference in the nation in the SEC West. My goal has always been to play at the highest possible level in college and you can't find a higher level of college football than the SEC. Ole Miss offers a good education plus I just feel at home. Ole Miss offered and recruited me as an offensive tackle. I looked at several schools and in the end I found myself comparing everyone else to Ole Miss. My family is also really excited about Ole Miss and they also really loved it.


65 Days to Kickoff: Elmwood Park

65 Days to Kickoff: Elmwood Park 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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Elmwood Park

Head coach: Dylan Mack

Assistant coaches: Gabe Ostrander, Tim Eberhard, Mario Fiorito, Chad Nardi, Joe Kraft and Dwayne French

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (4-1 Metro Suburban Red Conference), Elmwood Park made the Class 4A state football playoff field. The Tigers lost to Genoa-Kingston in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs St. Joseph

Sept. 1 vs Foreman

Sept. 7 vs Ridgewood

Sept. 14 @ St. Edward

Sept. 21 @ Fenton

Sept. 28 vs Leo

Oct. 5 @ Guerin Prep

Oct. 12 vs Chicago Christian

Oct. 19 vs Bishop McNamara

[MORE: 82 Days to Kickoff - Ridgewood]

Biggest storyline: An encore performance. Can the Tigers make back-to-back playoff appearances this season?

Names to watch this season: FB/DE Luciano Martino and WR/DB Kris Diallo

Biggest holes to fill: The Tigers will need to replace eight graduated starters on defense this fall.

EDGY's Early Take: Elmwood Park head coach Dylan Mack is looking to keep the winning momentum found last season going into 2018. The Tigers will rely on an experienced offense with eight returning starters back in the fold and if the defense can gel sooner rather than later, look for Elmwood Park to once again challenge for another state playoff bid this fall.