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EDGY: Busy spring for Hinsdale South DE Josh King

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EDGY: Busy spring for Hinsdale South DE Josh King

Over the next six weeks it's going to be hard to tell if Mike Barry is the Hinsdale South varsity football coach or an air traffic controller.

Wednesday marked the start of the NCAA football spring evaluation period, as college coaches will begin to descend nationwide upon high schools over the next six weeks.

Hinsdale South junior four-star defensive end Josh King (6-foot-6, 230 pounds), who is also Rivals.com's 59th ranked national recruit in the Class of 2016 and the consensus No. 1 recruit in Illinois, will be a must-stop visit for college coaches. King, who had representatives from Michigan State visit Hinsdale South this week, already has scholarship offers from coast-to-coast.

[MORE PREPS: Loyola's Ben LeRoy becomes first Class of 2016 commit for NIU]

So how will Barry manage the flood of college coaches?

"I am a classroom teacher first so my time to meet is limited," Barry said. "I usually ask that the college coaches come to team workouts. It creates a motivating factor for all the guys, not just the major DI prospects. In addition, I have a great staff that always goes above and beyond to assist."

Barry also admits that the amount of college coaches stopping into school can be a challenge. Teamwork will be a big factor for him and the Hornets staff.

"We expect coaches every day and there are times when three or more coaches from major universities walk in the door at the same time," Barry said. "It can become a revolving door. Our school plan is to have everybody in the loop. From our greeter at the front door to guidance, the athletic department and of course the coaches, everyone will be ready to make this a smooth process."

NBC Sports Chicago's 100 Days to Kickoff

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NBC Sports Chicago's 100 Days to Kickoff

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.

In case you missed any of our previews, here is our rundown:

100. De La Salle

99. Crystal Lake South

98. Eisenhower

97. Back of the Yards

96. Jacobs

95. Waubonsie Valley

94. Kaneland

93. West Aurora

93 Days to Kickoff: West Aurora

93 Days to Kickoff: West Aurora

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: West Aurora

Head coach: Nate Eimer

Assistant coaches: Tony Melchiori, DC Bob Fowler, DL Patrick Stremel, LB Charlie Graves, DB Mike Runge, OL Joe Howell, RB Ron Murphy and QB Alex Shaw

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (4-1 Upstate Eight Valley Conference). West Aurora made the IHSA Class 8A playoff field last season. The Blackhawks lost to Naperville Central 35-14 in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Larkin

Aug. 31 @ West Chicago

Sept. 7 vs Streamwood

Sept. 14 @ Glenbard East

Sept. 21 vs Bartlett

Sept. 28 vs Glenbard South

Oct. 5 @ Elgin

Oct. 12 vs East Aurora

Oct. 19 vs South Elgin

[MORE: 94 Days to Kickoff - Kaneland]

Biggest storyline: Game 11. Can the Blackhawks get back to the IHSA state playoffs for the fourth straight season and then advance past the opening round?

Names to watch this season: QB Will Tammaru, RB/DB JaQuan Buchanan and DT Denver Warren

Biggest holes to fill: The Blackhawks welcome back an impressive 17 starters (nine offense, eight defense) to the mix. However, the group will be a bit inexperienced in some spots on both the offensive and defensive line.  

EDGY's Early Take: The Blackhawks' turnaround under head coach Nate Eimer and staff has been a terrific story to follow. That said, the bar for West Aurora football has also been raised. No longer are they satisfied by just "getting" to state. The Blackhawks welcome back a deep group on both sides of the football led by a potentially high powered, balanced offense. On paper, this team has the makings of being one of the better Blackhawks teams in their history. They will challenge for the Upstate Eight conference title and get another shot at the Class 8A playoff field.