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Edgy recruiting news and notes: Robertson getting looks at safety

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Edgy recruiting news and notes: Robertson getting looks at safety

Neuqua Valley junior wide receiver Isaiah Robertson (6-foot-3, 185 pounds) already has double-digit scholarship offers this winter. And while the majority of those offers are for wide receiver, Robertson is also starting to make a case as a recruit on the defensive side.

"Some schools have offered me already as a safety," Robertson said. "Personally, I just train and work hard to be as versatile as I can. If it's playing as a receiver or as a safety in college that's fine, as long as they recruit me. I spoke to Penn State early on and they asked me if they could recruit me as a safety, and then they offered me a scholarship shortly after we talked. Iowa State is also talking to me about playing safety. I've also been talking to Notre Dame more and more, and they told me that they would most likely recruit me as a safety."

Robertson is also on track to become a mid year graduate and could enroll in college early.

"Graduating mid-year has been in the plans pretty much since my sophomore year. I'm on track to graduate early and I'm excited to get a chance to get into a college and get an early head start on college and football."

Marist junior inside linebacker Micah Awodiran (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) didn't see the sudden winter barrage of scholarship offers coming.

"I really had no idea all of this was coming," Awodiran said. "It seems like everything is just rolling along now. I just did not see getting all of these offers, especially this early. I hoped that maybe I would have a few smaller school offers at this point. The whole deal just flipped all of my expectations."

Awodiran is now up to 14 scholarship offers including Illinois, Indiana, Boston College, Minnesota, and Syracuse, along with several MAC schools.

Warren Township sophomore wide receiver Micah Jones (6-foot-5, 190 pounds) will be one of the most sought-after names in the 2018 class, and Jones added his fifth scholarship after making a visit last weekend to Iowa State.

"I loved it at Iowa State," Jones said. "The coaches are great and I was impressed with the facilities. I was able to get caught up with Coach (Alex) Golesh. I have been talking to Coach Golesh since he was at Illinois. I also really enjoyed the talk that head coach Matt Campbell gave to us. He really makes sure to take care of his players and he also puts a big emphasis on academics at Iowa State. Overall it was a good visit at Iowa State."

Jones, who has offers from Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Northwestern and Vanderbilt, has remained in touch with multiple schools this winter.

"I have been staying in touch with all of the schools who have offered me so far (Iowa State, Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern and Vanderbilt). I have also been in touch with Wisconsin, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Ole Miss and Texas A&M. I'm pretty sure I might go camp at a few of those schools this summer."

Phillips junior defensive tackle Chris Elmore (6-foot-0, 270 pounds) added his fifth offer on Monday night from Miami (Ohio).

"Miami (Ohio) offered me a scholarship a few days ago," Elmore said. "I had been talking to the Miami of Ohio coaches earlier in the day. I was asked to follow the head coach (Chuck Martin) on Twitter. so I did. Coach Martin, around 11 p.m., sent me a direct message telling me that I had an offer from Miami of Ohio. I didn't even realize it until I turned my phone on the next morning."

Elmore, who now has offers from Miami, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Buffalo and Wyoming, talked about his time frame for making a college decision.

"For now I'm just waiting to see how things go (with my recruiting)," he said. "I honestly didn't think I'd have five offers at this point, so it feels pretty amazing. Once I added that first scholarship offer things have really taken off."

96 Days to Kickoff: Jacobs

96 Days to Kickoff: Jacobs

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: Jacobs

Head coach: Bill Mitz

Assistant coaches: Bubba Smith, Mike Warren, Brian Zimmerman, JM Foote, Ryan Arndt and Bob Mackey

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (5-3 Fox Valley Conference). Jacobs made the Class 7A playoff field. The Golden Eagles lost to Lincoln-Way West in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 Hampshire 

Aug. 31 @ Huntley 

Sept. 7 Dundee-Crown 

Sept. 14 @ McHenry 

Sept. 21 Neuqua Valley 

Sept. 28 Prairie Ridge 

Oct. 5 @ Cary-Grove 

Oct. 12 Crystal Lake South 

Oct. 19 @ Crystal Lake Central

Biggest storyline: Can the Golden Eagles move up in the Fox Valley Conference pecking order in 2018?

Names to watch this season: OT Joacheim Price and OL Nick Zonta

Biggest holes to fill: The Golden Eagles will need to replace its entire starting linebacker group from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Year in and year out, Jacobs is always a factor in the rugged Fox Valley Conference (seven playoff appearances in the last eight years). The Golden Eagles return some starters in several key spots. If the underclassmen group can step up this summer, look for Jacobs to challenge for the FVC conference title and a higher seed in 7A come IHSA playoff time. 
 

97 Days to Kickoff: Back of the Yards

97 Days to Kickoff: Back of the Yards

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 @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Back of the Yards

Head coach: Sheamus Murphy

Assistant Coaches: Will Johnson, Marty McNamara, Tim McNamara and Nick Teich

How they fared in 2017: 8-2 (6-0 CPL Great Lakes Conference). Back of the Yards made the Class 5A state playoff field. They lost to Solorio in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Week 1: @ Kelly

Week 2: vs. Goode

Week 3: @ Brooks

Week 4: vs. Schurz

Week 5: vs. Kenwood

Week 6: vs. North Lawndale

Week 7: @ Steinmetz

Week 8: vs. Payton Prep

Week 9: @ Clark

Biggest storyline: The Bobcats were a true feel-good story last season. Can the Bobcats build on its momentum and success going into the 2018 campaign?

Names to watch this season: OL/Dl Kevin Pacheco, WR/DB Carl McNickles, OL Armando Resendiz

Biggest holes to fill: The Bobcats bring back several returning starters from last season; however, can they find a new signal caller to replace the graduation loss of 2017 standout QB Jeremiah Harris (McKendree College)? 

EDGY's Early Take: One of the top stories from the 2017 season was the rise of this young program. The Bobcats made the IHSA state playoff field in just their third season of varsity football. As for 2018? The expectations have risen for this South Side school. A move to the CPL Illini Prairie State conference ramps up the overall competition level. If the Bobcats can find a steady signal caller, they have solid chance at competing for a potential IHSA state playoff spot come October.