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Carmel four-star tackle Sean Foster decommits from Minnesota

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Carmel four-star tackle Sean Foster decommits from Minnesota

Carmel four-star ranked senior offensive tackle Sean Foster (6-foot-8, 285 pounds) on Monday decommitted from Minnesota, in part due to the firing of two Gophers assistant coaches including former offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Matt Limegrover.

Foster, who said that he "has no favorites and I'm going to open it back up to everyone" quickly added two new offers from Iowa State and Ball State and Foster now has 30 scholarship offers. Foster, who also has all five official visits remaining is planning to sort out his options and is expected to begin to set some official visit dates soon.

It also looks like Evanston senior four-star ranked defensive tackle Naquan Jones (6-foot-4, 286 pounds) could go back and verbally committed to Michigan State. Jones, who committed to Michigan State back in June then had a change of heart a few weeks ago. Jones however has since backed off taking official visits to other schools including a planned visit to Ole Miss in January.

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Loyola Academy junior tight end recruit Jake Marwede (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) has seen his recruiting stock take off in a big way over the past few weeks. Marwede, who played quarterback for the Ramblers up until this season has added verbal scholarship offers over the past week from Illinois, Indiana, Arkansas, Iowa State and Western Michigan.

"Recruiting has been going great," Marwede said. "I've been putting the recruiting stuff on hold during the state playoffs but I'll look to get out to see some schools in person soon. It's just been an exciting time winning a state title and now with all of the offers."

Proviso West senior athlete recruit Rhashaun Epting (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) decommitted from Western Michigan late last week.

"I decommitted from Western Michigan," Epting said. "I just felt that I never was able to see other schools and see what other options are out there for me. I just feel that I committed too early and now I'm looking into some other schools."

Epting has been in touch with the likes of Michigan State, Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois.

SIU fired head coach Dale Lennon on Monday. The Salukis had been putting together a pretty impressive Class of 2016 which included four Chicagoland recruits in Lockport OL Matt Chimelewski, Minooka DL Blake Parzych, Crete-Monee WR Landon Lenoir and Joliet Catholic DL Ze'veon Furcron.

"I spoke with assistant coach Todd Auer and he said to basically not panic," according to Minooka's DL Blake Parzych. "He said that SIU hopes to have a new coach in by Christmas and for now all of the commits are safe."

Former SIU standout quarterback and current co-offensive coordinator Nick Hill was named as interim head coach on Tuesday as the Salukis have also named a search committee on Monday that will begin immediately to find a replacement for Dale Lennon.

Power Rankings: #10 - Homewood-Flossmoor

Power Rankings: #10 - Homewood-Flossmoor

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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Homewood-Flossmoor

Head coach: Craig Buzea

Assistant coaches: Tom Cicero, Zac Wells, Alex Pratt, Daron Williams, Eric Schreiber Jr., Bart Czachor, David James, Josh Blair, Josh Forney and Matt Ramos

How they fared in 2017: 9-2 (6-1 Southwest Suburban Conference). H-F made the 8A state playoff field, defeated Lake Park then lost to Naperville Central in second round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Michigan City (IN)

Sept. 1 vs Lutheran North (MO.) at East St. Louis

Sept. 7 vs Stagg

Sept. 14 @ Bolingbrook

Sept. 21 vs Lincoln-Way West

Sept. 28 @ Lincoln-Way East

Oct. 5 @ Bradley

Oct. 12 vs Andrew

Oct. 19 vs Sandburg

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Biggest storyline: Can the Vikings, now without their dynamic WR/RB Justin Hall (NIU), get back to the postseason and play deeper into November?

Names to watch this season: QB Dominick Jones and DB Wynston Russell (Oregon State)

Biggest holes to fill: The Vikings have a good number of returning starters back in 2018 (five offense, six defense). The team boasts plenty of talent. But who can step up and be the go-to guy? Who replaces Justin Hall?

EDGY's Early Take: The Vikings have become a traditional power in Chicago's south suburbs and in the overall Class 8A field. Head coach Craig Buzea is looking for a breakout season and he has the ingredients in the program. The offense will be led by junior QB Dominick Jones. He has some firepower behind him in senior RB Leon Tanna. Keep an eye senior TE Jack Schmitz as well. The defense is also talent-heavy. Look for senior DL Isaiah Coe and senior DE/OLB Charlies Brooks to help carry the load. Oregon State commit senior DB Wynston Russell is the lone returning starter in the secondary.

Power Rankings: #11 - Stevenson

Power Rankings: #11 - Stevenson

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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Stevenson

Head coach: Josh Hjorth

Assistant coaches: Brent Becker (OL/Assistant Head Coach), Tom Baumann (DBs), Brian Burja (DC), Chris Caballero (OL/DL), Jason Ford (LBs), Pat Grady (WRs/Special Team Coordinator) Erik Jensen (Quality Control Coach), Redelle Lawrence (DBs), Joey Weber (QBs)

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (5-2 North Suburban Conference). Stevenson made the 8A state playoff field and lost to Hinsdale Central in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Palatine

Aug. 31 @ Neuqua Valley

Sept 7 @ Libertyville

Sept. 14 @ Zion-Benton

Sept. 21 vs Lake Zurich

Sept. 28 @ Mundelein

Oct. 5 vs Waukegan

Oct. 12 @ Warren Township

Oct. 19 vs Lake Forest

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Biggest storyline: Can the Patriots, under second-year head coach Josh Hjorth, make another run at the North Suburban title --and beyond-- this season?

Names to watch this season: RB JM Eitenne and LB Maema Njongmeta

Biggest holes to fill: The Patriots welcome back 15 returning starters from a season ago including nine back on offense. On defense, they'll be looking to fill holes on the defensive line and in the secondary. 

EDGY's Early Take: The Patriots went young in 2017 as then-first year head coach Josh Hjorth was able to get varsity experience to several key players. That should pay dividends this fall. Stevenson, led by three returning offensive lineman, will look to establish their running game early in the season. Senior QB Cole Okmin will have a deep and experienced group of backs and receivers to utilize. The key in the first few weeks will be the development of the defensive line and secondary. Defensive team leaders such as senior OLB Maema Njongmeta will play a big role in bringing along a younger but very talented group.