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The Illlinois high school football AP polls are out. Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:
|1.||Lincoln-Way East (10)||7-0||100||1|
|4.||Notre Dame (Niles)||7-0||70||4|
Others receiving votes: St. Charles East 10, South Elgin 5, Huntley 3, Maine South 2.
|1.||(Chicago) Mt. Carmel (9)||7-0||99||1|
Others receiving votes: Andrew 5, DeKalb 4, Glenbard East 4, Grant 3, Conant 2, Brother Rice 1.
|1.||Chatham Glenwood (9)||7-0||108||1|
Others receiving votes: Normal West 10, Kaneland 9, Peoria Central 3.
|1.||East St. Louis (12)||7-0||120||1|
Others receiving votes: Dunlap 8, Cahokia 6, Joliet Catholic 6, St. Laurence 3.
|1.||IC Catholic (11)||7-0||119||1|
|3.||Coal City (1)||7-0||99||3|
Others receiving votes: Illinois Valley Central 16, Bishop McNamara 5, Benton 2, Fairbury Prairie Central 1.
Others receiving votes: DuQuoin 9, Breese Mater Dei, 3, Mt. Carmel 2.
|2.||Clifton Central (5)||7-0||116||2|
|7.||Newman Central Catholic||6-1||58||7|
Others receiving votes: Flora 2, Orr 2.
|2.||Moweaqua Central A&M||7-0||103||3|
|8.||Hope Academy (1)||6-1||44||10|
|9.||Camp Point Central||6-1||31||8|
Others receiving votes: Tuscola 6, Carrollton 5, Fulton 2, Arcola 2, Kirkland Hiawatha 2, Princeville 1.
Hersey senior QB/S Jordan Hansen (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) has decided to give NIU his verbal commitment.
"I'm really excited about it (commitment to NIU)," Hansen said. "NIU started really recruiting me harder around the beginning of the season. The NIU coaches saw me earlier in the summer at one of the North Central College one day camps and we've been in regular contact ever since then."
Hansen, who was drawing fall recruiting attention from Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota State, Eastern Illinois, and Illinois State felt that NIU was the best overall fit for him.
"NIU has a lot to offer. They recruited me as a safety and I'm more of an athlete recruit for them. I really like all of the coaches at NIU. They are just great guys and they have a plan in place to keep the football program on top. NIU also has nice facilities and really everything at NIU is impressive. NIU is also close to home which is a plus. Distance from home was not a huge factor for me but it definitely works out great for my family."
Hansen is also happy and relieved to have made his college choice.
"It's a big relief for sure. I can just stay focused on my team and on my season without having to worry about recruiting."
Jordan Hansen is the 17th known verbal commitment to the NIU Huskies Class of 2020 and the 3rd known in-state pledge. Hansen joins Oswego OL Jack Hugunin and West Aurora DE Matt Johnson in the NIU 2020 in-state class.