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Chicago-area preps players likely to be taken in NFL Draft


Chicago-area preps players likely to be taken in NFL Draft

With the NFL Draft just hours away, here are some former local high school players to watch with a chance of being selected this weekend:

OG Laken Tomlinson, Lane Tech/Duke (6-foot-3, 323 pounds): One of the best stories in the NFL Draft. Tomlinson was a three star-ranked recruit in the Class of 2010 per His mother came to Chicago from Jamaica. Tomlinson had multiple offers and decided to pledge to Duke in part because of the strong medical program. His long-term goal at Lane Tech was to become a doctor. NFL Draft projection: Round 2

RB Tevin Coleman, Oak Forest/Indiana (5-foot-11, 206 pounds): Coleman has been an impact runner since his prep days at Oak Forest playing for head coach Brian McDonough. Ranked in the Class of 2012 as a three star recruit by, Coleman made official visits to Indiana and Michigan State before pledging to the Hoosiers. NFL Draft projection: Round 2-3

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TE James O’Shaugnessy, Naperville North/Illinois State (6-foot-4, 245 pounds): O’Shaugnessy had just one offer coming out of high school — and it was from the folks in Normal. O’Shaugnessy was another physical late bloomer who became a very impressive tight end for the Redbirds. NFL Draft projection: Round 4-5

DE Louis Trinca-Pasat, Lane Tech/Iowa (6-foot-1, 290 pounds): Trinca-Pasat, alongside his then-teammate Laken Tomlinson, provided quite a one-two punch on the Indians’ offensive and defensive lines. Trinca-Pasat had nearly double digit offers at Lane Tech and made just one official visit to Iowa. NFL Draft projection: Round 5

WR Titus Davis, Wheaton Warrenville South/Central Michigan (6-foot-1, 196 pounds): Davis was a big time sleeper out of Wheaton South. He had just two offers and made official visits to Central Michigan and Toledo before pledging to the Chippewas. Even at the high school level, Davis had all the physical tools to be a strong receiver. NFL Draft projection: Round 5-6

WR DaVaris Daniels, Vernon Hills/Notre Dame (6-foot-1, 201 pounds): Daniels, the son of former Chicago Bears defensive end Phillip Daniels, was a four star-ranked receiver according to He was also the No. 2 ranked prospect in Illinois in the Class of 2011 per and was just outside the Top 20 of best receivers in the nation. NFL Draft projection: Round 6-7

OC Andy Gallik, Brother Rice/Boston College (6-foot-2, 306 pounds): Gallik, who was a three star-ranked linemen per, became a long-term starter for Boston College and had a very successful run for the Eagles. Gallik was a two-year All State player for the Crusaders and then-head coach Steve Nye. NFL Draft projection: Round 5-6

WR Jake Kumerow, South Elgin/UW Whitewater (6-foot-5, 195 pounds): Kumerow is the son of former Oak Park-River Forest/Ohio State standout Eric Kumerow, who started in college as a quarterback before becoming a defensive linemen for the Buckeyes. Jake Kumerow was an impact player for Division III powerhouse – and national champion - UW Whitewater. Physically speaking, Kumerow was considered a late bloomer and took a preferred walk-on spot at Illinois before transferring to Whitewater. NFL Draft projection: Round 7

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WR Evan Spencer, Vernon Hills/Ohio State (6-foot-2, 208 pounds): Spencer, the son of former Chicago Bears running backs coach Tim Spencer, was a three star-ranked receiver in the Class of 2011 according to NFL Draft projection: Round 7/FA

TE Matt LaCosse, Naperville North/Illinois (6-foot-6, 250 pounds): LaCosse was ranked as a three star athlete recruit according to He made official visits to both Illinois and Purdue before pledging to the Fighting Illini. LaCosse played quarterback for Naperville North under head coach Sean Drendel. NFL Draft Projection: Round 7/FA

OT Fabbians Ebbele, Simeon/Arizona (6-foot-8, 315 pounds): Ebbele was also a three star-ranked recruit according to Ebbele was simply one of the biggest high school offensive linemen I've seen on the field in over 20 years of scouting and evaluating. NFL Draft Projection: Round 7/FA

Note: Draft projections courtesy of

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic 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: Joliet Catholic Academy

Head coach: Jake Jaworski

Assistant coaches: Dave Douglas, Cory McLaughlin, Chris Kinsella, Mark Mettille, Jake Ziesmer, Zach Dolph, Josh Greenback and Craig Slowik

How they fared in 2017: 3-6 (2-5 East Suburban Catholic Conference). JCA failed to make the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. St. Rita

Aug. 31 @ IC Catholic Prep

Sept. 7 @ St. Viator

Sept. 14 vs. Carmel

Sept. 21 @ Marist

Sept. 28 vs. Benet Academy

Oct. 5 vs. Marian Catholic

Oct. 12 @ Nazareth Academy

Oct. 19 @ Notre Dame

Biggest storyline: Can Joliet Catholic snap a two-year hiatus from the state football playoffs?

Names to watch this season: OT Dave Monnot and RB Kenyetta Williams

Biggest holes to fill: The Hilltoppers will need to reload at the quarterback and wide receiver positions. 

EDGY's Early Take: It's been a rough few seasons at one of the state's best football programs. That said, 2018 has the potential to be the turnaround year the Hilltoppers have been looking for. Second-year head coach Jake Jaworski will feature four big and experienced offensive linemen, led by senior OT Dave Monnot (6-foot-6, 287 pounds). They also have a name to watch in junior-to-be RB Kenyetta Williams. If Joliet Catholic can survive another challenging early season non-conference schedule, they will compete in the always-tough ESCC.

New Trier's Duke Olges gives Northwestern verbal commitment

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New Trier's Duke Olges gives Northwestern verbal commitment

New Trier junior three-star ranked athlete Duke Olges (6-foot-5, 260 pounds) gave Northwestern his verbal commitment last Sunday yet waited until Friday morning to make his decision public via his Twitter page.

Olges, who was recruited by the Wildcats as a defensive tackle, felt pressure to make a decision since the Wildcats already had one defensive tackle verbal commitment in Clear Springs Texas Jason Gold while another defensive tackle with an offer was making an on campus visit later that day.

“I didn’t know if it was the right decision, to be honest. It was impulse more than anything,” Olges told's publisher Louis Vaccher. “But what comforted me is after having a couple days to think about it, I felt a sigh of relief. It would have hurt me too much to let that scholarship go. As much as I wanted to go and visit other schools, losing that scholarship would have hurt more than anything else.”

Olges is now the 10th known verbal commitment in the Wildcats Class of 2019  and the second in state pledge along with Bolingbrook junior DB Cameron Mitchell. 

Olges, who was holding 26 scholarship offers this spring, was planning to make summer visits to Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Virginia and Duke before giving the Wildcats his verbal commitment.