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CSN Preps Power Rankings: No. 3 Homewood-Flossmoor

CSN Preps Power Rankings: No. 3 Homewood-Flossmoor preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 1, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 26. View Edgy Tim's other football previews here.

School: Homewood-Flossmoor

Head coach: Craig Buzea

How they fared in 2015: 10-2 (6-1) Southwest Suburban Blue Conference. Homewood-Flossmoor made the Class 8A state playoff field. The Vikings defeated O'Fallon and New Trier, then lost to eventual champion Loyola Academy in the quarterfinals.

Biggest storyline in 2016: Can the Vikings reload at a few key spots this fall?

Names to watch this season: RB/DB Justin Hall, OL John Michael Schmitz, WR Tyrice Richie

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Biggest holes to fill: Who plays quarterback for the Vikings?

EDGY's early take: Despite needing to reload in a few key spots, Homewood-Flossmoor still has a tremendous talent base. Look for the Vikings to rely early on its running game, led by three returning starters on the offensive line and an extremely fast and physical defense. 

Vikings schedule:

Aug. 26 vs. Downers Grove South (7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 2 vs. Hammond, IN (8 p.m.)

Sept. 9 at Lincoln-Way East (7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 16 at Lockport (7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 23 vs. Lincoln-Way West (7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 30 vs. Sandburg (7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 7 vs. Thornridge (7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 14 at Thornton Township (7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 21 vs. Bolingbrook (7:30 p.m.)

Barrington DE Lukas VanNess and Lemont senior WR Anthony Sambucci give verbal commits


Barrington DE Lukas VanNess and Lemont senior WR Anthony Sambucci give verbal commits

Barrington senior three star ranked defensive end Lukas VanNess (6-foot-5, 240 pounds) wrapped up a wild last few months of his recruiting process and today gave the Iowa Hawkeyes his verbal commitment. 

"After a great official visit weekend at Iowa meeting with the entire staff incoming recruits and current players it became apparent that Iowa was the right fit and decision for me," VanNess said. "Iowa offers such a family atmosphere that it just can't be created anywhere else."

VanNess, who was offered a scholarship last week by the Iowa Hawkeye coaches didn't see his recruiting stock really begin to talk off until three weeks ago. VanNess, who had some FCS and limited lower D1 offers at the time attended and performed well at the Lindenwood Megacamp in early June. Immediately after that camp VanNess was able to come away with multiple offers from the likes of Illinois, Kansas, NIU, Wyoming and his recruiting stock took off since that camp and grew to an impressive 31 offers before pledging to the Hawkeyes today.

VanNess is also the Hawkeyes 18th known verbal commitment in the Class of 2020 and the fifth known State of Illinois pledge for Iowa. VanNess joins Decatur MacArthur S AJ Lawson who earlier this weekend also committed to the Hawkeyes along with Richards RB Leshon Williams, Byron OL Tyler Elsbury plus Lena Winslow DT Isaiah Bruce as State of Illinois pledges for Iowa. 

Lemont senior WR Anthony Sambucci (6-foot-1, 175 pounds) added an offer from Western Michigan last week and made a return visit to Western Michigan this weekend and on Sunday gave the Broncos and head coach Tim Lester his verbal commitment. 

"The offer and the opportunity from Western Michigan was just too good for me to pass up," Sambucci said. "I visited again this weekend and after getting to learn more about the coaches and the team I knew I was ready to commit to Western Michigan."

Sanbucci is the 12th known verbal commitment for Western Michigan in the Class of 2020 and the third State of Illinois pledge. Sambucci joins Phillips S Ronald Pledger along with Brother Rice S Giacomo Irace as Land of Lincoln pledges for WMU.

68 Days to Kickoff: St. Laurence

68 Days to Kickoff: St. Laurence 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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

Head coach: Adam Nissen

Assistant coaches: Scott Johnson, Dominic Riccordino, Anthony Rispoli, Jermaine Hampton and Steve Nye

How they fared in 2018: 4-7 (2-2 CCL Green Conference). St. Laurence failed to qualify for the 2018 IHSA state football playoff field. 

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Hyde Park
Sept. 6 @ Eisenhower
Sept. 13 @ Joliet Catholic
Sept. 20 vs. Nazareth Academy
Sept. 27 vs DePaul Prep
Oct. 4 vs Benet Academy
Oct. 11 @ Brother Rice
Oct. 18 @ Providence Catholic
Oct. 25 @ De La Salle

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Biggest storyline: Their new head coach. Adam Nissen was the athletic director at I.C. Catholic Prep and helped guide the Knights to three consecutive state titles. He now takes the reins of a Vikings program looking to get back to the playoffs.

Names to watch this season: OL/DL Myron Lewis (Sr.) and RB Nate Thomas (Jr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Vikings played a ton of underclassmen in 2018 and welcome back 14 returning starters (five offense, nine defense).  They will need replace four graduated starting offensive linemen from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: The Vikings missed the IHSA state playoffs last year, but it was a team that played and developed several underclassmen. They will bring a ton of experience to the field come August. If the Vikings can get their newer offensive line to gel this summer, they have the potential to be a very tough out in 2019.