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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."

Edgy Tim’s Team of the Decade: Kickers

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Edgy Tim’s Team of the Decade: Kickers

You may not picture Illinois as a hotbed for kickers. But we have been fortunate to witness so many that have done well on the prep level.

This is our final position in the “Team of the Decade” series (2010-2019). This position should produce more debate: Do you factor in just strictly high school production and program winning/success, or does a particular player's post high school success also become a factor? Let the debate begin.

Jake Elliott, Lyons Township’s Class of 2013 (Memphis): Elliott, who had never played football until his junior season at L-T, made the most of his limited time on the field. He was named an All-State kicker his senior season. Elliott ended up signing with Memphis and was a four-year starting kicker for the Tigers. Elliott was a fifth-round selection of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2017 NFL Draft and was then signed off their practice squad by the Philadelphia Eagles. Elliott has remained the Eagles kicker since the 2017 season.

Austin Seibert, Belleville West’s Class of 2015 (Oklahoma): Seibert was ranked as one of the nation's best prep kickers in the Class of 2015. He ended up signing with the Oklahoma Sooners after drawing multiple scholarship offers. Seibert had an impressive career kicking for the Sooners and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He made 25 of 29 field goal attempts and 30 of 35 extra points this past season.

Tucker McCann, O'Fallon’s Class of 2016 (Missouri): McCann was a nationally sought-after kicker in the Class of 2016 and signed with Missouri after considering offers from Alabama and Illinois. McCann is also listed in several IHSA kicking records including career field goals made (28), field goals made in a season (12), field goals made in a game (four) and still holds the state record for the longest field goal made in a game (60 yards). McCann also made at least one field goal over 50 yards in all three years he kicked at the varsity level for the Panthers.

Jack Olsen, Wheaton Warrenville South’s Class of 2020 (Michigan State): Olsen, who graduated early this fall and is already enrolled at Michigan State, was a four-year letterman for the Tigers and head coach Ron Muhitch. He was named as an All-State kicker in 2018 and 2019 by EDGYTIM/Rivals.com. During his time at WWS, he set new IHSA records for the most field goals made in a game (eight) along with the most field goals made in a single season (22).

Dominic Dzioban, Lincoln-Way East’s Class of 2020 (Miami OH): Dzioban, otherwise known as “The Dominator,” was 18-of-20 on field goals and 50-of-51 on extra points last season. Dzioban's kickoff and punting game was a major weapon for the Griffins, who won the Class 8A state title this past fall. Dzioban also earned All-State honors as a senior and owns the school record for most field goals made (37) and is the school's all-time leading scorer (340 points). He possesses 50 yard-plus field goal range and was one of the best two-way kickers in the Land of Lincoln over the past several seasons.

Next in?

Ron Colucci, Naperville North’s Class of 2012 (Central Michigan/Iowa)

Kai Kroeger, Lake Forest: Class of 2020 (South Carolina)

Caleb Griffin, Danville’s Class of 2018 (Illinois)

Josh Pollack, Highland Park’s Class of 2014 (Arizona)

John Richardson, Brother Rice’s Class of 2018 (Northern Illinois)

High School Lites Preview: Week 7 features plenty of star power

High School Lites Preview: Week 7 features plenty of star power

High School Lites has a fun lineup with games from all over the Chicagoland area this week. We'll see highlights from the Red, White and Blue Divisions of the Public League.

The suburbs also have plenty of intriguing matchups, including our main game in the MSL East featuring Buffalo Grove and Rolling Meadows. High School Lites airs on Friday night at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago.

Clark at Crane, 5:00 p.m. -- We head to the Public League White-West for a matchup of two strong teams. Clark (13-5, 5-1) is battle-tested after losses to top-ten teams like Bogan and Thornton during the season. But they'll need to bounce back following a conference loss to Perspectives-MSA. Crane (16-2, 7-0) has also opened eyes this season by knocking off Orr and also making the title game of the Maine East Holiday Tournament. Both of the Cougars' losses this season have come to ranked teams (St. Charles North, Oak Forest).

North Shore at Northridge Prep, 6:00 p.m. -- The Independent School League's top team tries to stay unbeaten in this one. Northridge Prep (14-3, 5-0) earned a blowout conference win over Morgan Park Academy on Wednesday night to stay undefeated. North Shore (5-7, 2-4) won by a point in its Wednesday matchup against Ida Crown as they try to finish the week 2-0.

Sandburg at Stagg, 6:15 p.m. -- We catch up with the SouthWest Suburban with this crossover. Sandburg (8-8, 0-0) won four straight before a 10-point loss to a top-25 team in Oak Forest on Tuesday. Stagg (4-11, 0-0) has struggled following a 3-1 start. The Chargers dropped an up-and-down game against Evergreen Park earlier this week.

North Lawndale at No. 4 Whitney Young, 6:30 p.m. -- The Dolphins try to hold on to the Red North/West lead in this game. North Lawndale (12-5, 6-1) recently lost an overtime thriller to Lincoln Park but bounced back with a win over Orr. Daequon Davis and Larry Johnson lead a balanced Phoenix roster. Whitney Young (10-6, 6-0) is getting strong play from senior D.J. Steward (Duke). If the Dolphins get strong play from senior guard Tyler Beard then they are tough to stop.

Rich Central at (18) Kankakee, 6:30 p.m. -- High School Lites gets a look at Kankakee in this Southland battle. The Kays (14-1, 5-1) have only dropped a game to Bloom this season as they're one of the most underrated programs in the area. Rich Central (6-12, 3-4) completes a difficult week in conference play after losing to Bloom earlier this week.

Lincoln-Way East at Bolingbrook, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the best teams in the Southwest Suburban Blue kick off conference play in this game. Lincoln-Way East (12-2, 0-0) has flown a bit under the radar as they haven't lost since Dec. 6. Winners of the Effingham Holiday Tournament, the Griffins have some notable recent wins over Oak Lawn and Corliss. Bolingbrook (14-4, 0-0) is coming off of a monster win over Marian Catholic after falling to Neuqua Valley last week. Point guard Darius Burford is coming off of a blistering 38-point effort against the Spartans.

Sycamore at Kaneland, 7:00 p.m. -- The Interstate Eight has a solid game featuring two of the three conference leaders. Sycamore (11-5, 4-1) has won four of five as they try to stay tied atop the league. Kaneland (8-6, 4-1) is led by two double-figure scorers in Brett David and Jamari Meeks. These two teams also play on Feb. 21 with a return game at Sycamore.

Buffalo Grove at Rolling Meadows, 7:30 p.m. -- This should be a fun Mid-Suburban East showdown. Buffalo Grove (14-4, 4-0) lost to a tough Cary-Grove team on Monday as they were riding a six-game winning streak. The Bison have a strong group of perimeter shooters. Rolling Meadows (11-4, 4-0) is led by junior Max Christie, a five-star prospect and Player of the Year candidate. The Mustangs have started to emerge around Christie with solid recent wins over Fremd and Hersey.

Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week  

Senn at Amundsen, 5:00 p.m. -- Our Viewers' Choice Game of the Week goes to the Blue-North Division of the Public League. Senn (8-4, 7-0) is the undefeated leader in the conference with recent blowout wins in conference play. Amundsen (6-6, 6-1) is riding a recent three-game winning streak where they won each game by at least 19 points.