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Chicago Recruiting Focus: Loyola basketball

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Chicago Recruiting Focus: Loyola basketball

Coming off of 24-win season that included winning the postseason CBI Tournament, there is a lot of optimism coming from Loyola basketball entering the 2015-16 season.

Head coach Porter Moser and his staff have done a nice job of transitioning from the Horizon League to the Missouri Valley Conference the last two seasons, and they've started to see some success on the recruiting trail of late as well.

The Class of 2016 for Loyola will be an important one in recruiting as the Ramblers have to replace some key seniors like guards Earl Peterson, Devon Turk and Jeff White while senior forward Montel James will also exhaust his eligibility.

The good news for Loyola is that they already own a commitment from Arizona guard Cameron Satterwhite. The former Colorado commit tore his ACL over the summer at a July event and decided to open up his recruitment. Loyola jumped at the chance to bring in an athletic 6-foot-4 wing with a lot of upside.

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Satterwhite helped Gilbert Christian win a Division II state championship in Arizona as a junior and also sports a ridiculous wingspan that is over 7-feet long. Sources told CSN that the Loyola staff is optimistic that Satterwhite can make a full recovery from the ACL injury -- which could give them a major recruiting steal if he lives up to his potential.

As for the other spots in the Class of 2016, Loyola's staff is still seeking a post scorer to replace James and perimeter options that can play with Satterwhite. Iowa State transfer Clayton Custer will also be available to Loyola starting during the 2016-17 season, so he can also be looked at as another member of that recruiting class.

To fill out the final spots in that class, Moser and his staff are searching through all sorts of ways to bring in talent, including going the international route. Moser was one of the few Division I head coaches to go overseas and watch the FIBA U18 European championships in Greece this summer and Loyola has aggressively pursued international recruits. The Ramblers will also explore potential transfers and junior college prospects to round out their Class of 2016.

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Since the Class of 2017 is much deeper for in-state prospects, Loyola has already started to get involved with some talented local juniors. Jacobs junior big man Cameron Krutwig has been a focus for Loyola on the recruiting trail while Curie guard Elijah Joiner and Simeon point guard Evan Gilyard have both made unofficial visits up to Loyola's campus.

Loyola has also been actively scouring the Midwest for players in 2017, which includes recruiting La Lumiere guard Isaiah Coleman-Lands, the younger brother of Illinois freshman guard Jalen Coleman-Lands.

Overall, the Ramblers still have some work to do when it comes to finishing out an important Class of 2016. But there are a lot of reasons to pay attention to Loyola after a 24-win season and some notable commitments.

96 Days to Kickoff: Jacobs

96 Days to Kickoff: Jacobs

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: Jacobs

Head coach: Bill Mitz

Assistant coaches: Bubba Smith, Mike Warren, Brian Zimmerman, JM Foote, Ryan Arndt and Bob Mackey

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (5-3 Fox Valley Conference). Jacobs made the Class 7A playoff field. The Golden Eagles lost to Lincoln-Way West in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 Hampshire 

Aug. 31 @ Huntley 

Sept. 7 Dundee-Crown 

Sept. 14 @ McHenry 

Sept. 21 Neuqua Valley 

Sept. 28 Prairie Ridge 

Oct. 5 @ Cary-Grove 

Oct. 12 Crystal Lake South 

Oct. 19 @ Crystal Lake Central

Biggest storyline: Can the Golden Eagles move up in the Fox Valley Conference pecking order in 2018?

Names to watch this season: OT Joacheim Price and OL Nick Zonta

Biggest holes to fill: The Golden Eagles will need to replace its entire starting linebacker group from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Year in and year out, Jacobs is always a factor in the rugged Fox Valley Conference (seven playoff appearances in the last eight years). The Golden Eagles return some starters in several key spots. If the underclassmen group can step up this summer, look for Jacobs to challenge for the FVC conference title and a higher seed in 7A come IHSA playoff time. 
 

97 Days to Kickoff: Back of the Yards

97 Days to Kickoff: Back of the Yards

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 @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Back of the Yards

Head coach: Sheamus Murphy

Assistant Coaches: Will Johnson, Marty McNamara, Tim McNamara and Nick Teich

How they fared in 2017: 8-2 (6-0 CPL Great Lakes Conference). Back of the Yards made the Class 5A state playoff field. They lost to Solorio in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Week 1: @ Kelly

Week 2: vs. Goode

Week 3: @ Brooks

Week 4: vs. Schurz

Week 5: vs. Kenwood

Week 6: vs. North Lawndale

Week 7: @ Steinmetz

Week 8: vs. Payton Prep

Week 9: @ Clark

Biggest storyline: The Bobcats were a true feel-good story last season. Can the Bobcats build on its momentum and success going into the 2018 campaign?

Names to watch this season: OL/Dl Kevin Pacheco, WR/DB Carl McNickles, OL Armando Resendiz

Biggest holes to fill: The Bobcats bring back several returning starters from last season; however, can they find a new signal caller to replace the graduation loss of 2017 standout QB Jeremiah Harris (McKendree College)? 

EDGY's Early Take: One of the top stories from the 2017 season was the rise of this young program. The Bobcats made the IHSA state playoff field in just their third season of varsity football. As for 2018? The expectations have risen for this South Side school. A move to the CPL Illini Prairie State conference ramps up the overall competition level. If the Bobcats can find a steady signal caller, they have solid chance at competing for a potential IHSA state playoff spot come October.