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EDGY: One Day camps are growing around Chicagoland area

EDGY: One Day camps are growing around Chicagoland area

Now that the NCAA board of directors lifted a ban on college football satellite camps, prepare to see an increase of these organized activities pop up around Chicagoland this summer.

The satellite camps allow college coaches the chance to watch and evaluate prospects in various locations away from the traditional campus setting. FBS level schools such as Iowa State, Penn State, Western Michigan, Purdue and Missouri all plan on attending Chicagoland area camps this summer. 

In-state schools such as Illinois and Northern Illinois will hold camps at off-campus facilities, while several other FCS level in-state schools will venture away from their homebase in search of prospects.

Below is a list of off-campus satellite camps. More could be announced soon. Cost and camp details can be found at each school's athletics website.

University of Illinois

June 3 (5pm-8pm): Satellite Showcase Camp #1 - Gately Stadium (Chicago)

June 4 (9am-12:30pm): Satellite Showcase Camp #2 - Barrington High School (Barrington)

June 4 (5pm-8:30pm): Satellite Showcase Camp #3 - Lincoln-Way East High School (Frankfort)

Northern Illinois University

June 5 (2pm-6pm): Camp at Gately Stadium (Chicago)

Southern Illinois University

June 18 (1pm-4pm): Saluki Elite Camp at Lincoln-Way West (New Lenox)

Western Illinois University 

July 16 (1pm-4pm): Bolingbrook High School Prospect Camp (Bolingbrook)

North Central College

May 31 (4pm-8pm): Camp featuring coaches from Iowa State (Naperville)

June 8 (4pm-8pm): Camp featuring coaches from Western Michigan, Missouri and Purdue (Naperville)

Lake Park High School

June 8 (10am-1pm): Camp featuring coaches from Missouri, Minnesota, NIU and Northern Iowa (Roselle)

Lake Forest College

June 11 (2pm-5pm): Camp featuring coaches from WIU, SIU, ISU, Yale, Cornell and Saginaw Valley State (Willowbrook High School, Willowbrook, IL)

Wendell Phillips High School

July 11 (9am-12pm): Camp featuring McKendree University (Chicago)

61 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

61 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

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: Maine West

Head coach: Jason Kradman

Assistant coaches: Steve Piha (Def. Coordinator), Mike O'Brill (DB/ST Coordinator), Tony Manicke (LB/Head JV Coach), Dan Wilson (OL) Russ Swenson (TE) Ryan Willett (QB) Matt Boswell (DL) Trent Greco (WR) Kyle Prater (WR) Mike Smith (Head Frosh Coach) Joe Duszynski (Frosh Asst.) and DJ Frey (Frosh Asst.).

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (4-1 Central Suburban North Conference). Maine West made the Class 7A state football playoff field. The Warriors lost to Benet Academy in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Mundelein

Sept. 1 @ Fenton

Sept. 7 vs Elk Grove

Sept. 14 @ Hersey

Sept. 21 vs Glenbrook North

Sept. 28 @ Maine East

Oct. 5 vs Vernon Hills

Oct. 12 vs Highland Park

Oct. 19 @ Deerfield

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Biggest storyline: Will history repeat itself? Can the Warriors post back-to-back IHSA state playoff appearances? If so, it'd be a first for the Des Plaines high school.

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Jake Bellizzi, FB/LB Krystian Garbicz and WR/DB Ely Grimmer

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will need to replace standout TE Matt Kentgen (now at Butler). He was a multi-year starter and team leader last fall.  

EDGY's Early Take: Maine West, coached by Jason Kradman, has been one of the area's better success stories. Kradman took over the Warriors program in 2014 and guided the Warriors to their first state playoff appearance since 2002. With 13 returning starters back from a season ago (seven offense, six defense) and a program-wide boost in overall numbers and excitement, look for the Warriors to have a good shot at playoff football once again this October.

62 Days to Kickoff: Lincoln Park

62 Days to Kickoff: Lincoln Park

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: Lincoln Park

Head coach: Vince DeFrancesco

Assistant coaches: Steve Karoff, Grant Magnuson, Tyler Clark, Brandon Randolph, Alex Green and Tom Dellota

How they fared in 2017: 8-2 (7-0 Chicago Public League Chicago Big Shoulders Conference). Lincoln Park made the Class 7A state football playoff field. The Lions lost to Alton in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ IWT Speer

Sept. 1 vs. Kenwood

Sept. 7 vs. Hubbard

Sept. 14 @ Phillips

Sept. 21 vs. Lane Tech

Sept. 28 vs. Taft

Oct. 5 vs. Westinghouse

Oct. 12 vs. Raby

Oct. 19 vs. Morgan Park

Biggest storyline: The Lions' new conference. Can Lincoln Park keep its winning ways when they start playing in the CPL/Illini Land of Lincoln this fall?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Dane Romberger and DB Jalen Jenkins

Biggest holes to fill: The Lions will need to reload on the offensive side of the football this summer with just three starters back this fall.

EDGY's Early Take: Coach Vince DeFrancesco's Lions have been on a nice roll, getting to the IHSA state playoffs in each of his past three seasons (four straight for the school overall). However, the price for the Lions' success is extremely high. The CPL Illini Land of Lincoln is loaded. The schedule includes the likes of Kenwood, Hubbard, Phillips, Raby and Morgan Park...just to name a few. If the Lions can develop their less experienced offense this summer, all the better for them.