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Edgy Tim's recruiting news and notes

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Edgy Tim's recruiting news and notes

Rich Central junior defensive back Mehki Miller (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) gave Miami of Ohio his verbal commitment earlier this week. 

"Miami (of Ohio) offered me a few months ago and I've been very interested in them for awhile now," Miller said. "I just felt that Miami is the best place for me and that they can get me to where I want to go. I talked it over with my family and my coaches and gave them my commitment."

Miller joins Simeon quarterback Alante Brown and Nazareth Academy defensive back Devin Blakley as pledges in the Miami Redhawks growing Class of 2019. 

Lake Forest sophomore defensive linemen Rylie Mills (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) continues to add scholarship offers from across the Midwest this spring and made a recent spring practice visit to Michigan.

"I had a really good time at Michigan and it was a very good overall visit," Mills said. "I was able to visit and meet with defensive line coach Greg Mattison. Coach showed me around the facilities along with the weight room plus the new athletic training center. The weight room was huge and everything was just very impressive. They also had an academic presentation and we learned more about the importance and focus on academics at Michigan."

Mills now holds seven Big Ten offers (Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern) along with offers from Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Tennessee so far this spring. 

Buffalo Grove junior athlete recruit Tom Trieb (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) added his second overall scholarship offer and his first FBS level offer from Northern Illinois University last weekend after making a spring practice visit.

"I went to NIU on Saturday to watch a spring practice," Trieb said. "After the spring practice I went and talked with the NIU coaches and they offered me a scholarship. It was a great surprise for me and my family."

Trieb, who played linebacker and running back last season for the Bison also learned that he's being recruited by the Huskies staff at a new position.

"NIU said that they are offering me as a tight end. I've never played tight end before so that was a bit surprising. The NIU coaches just feel I'll be a good fit for them at tight end and I'm totally fine with it. I just want to play in college and I'll basically play anywhere the coaches want me to play."

Highland Park junior inside linebacker Thomas Motzko (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) was able to add his first two FCS level scholarship offers within an hour of each other late last week.

"It still really hasn't set in just yet," Motzko said. "Landing my first offer (South Dakota State) has been one of my biggest goals for a long time. Getting my second offer (Missouri State) less than an hour in the same day was just amazing."

Motzko has also been drawing steady recruiting attention this spring from the likes of South Dakota, North Dakota, SIU, Miami of Ohio, Western Michigan, NIU and Rutgers along with Army and Cornell.

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest

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: Hillcrest

Head coach: Morgan Weaver

Assistant coaches:  Mike Young, Kyran Weaver, Rob Hancock, Ryan Keen, Nicholas Schultz, Tramaine Weaver, Phillip Burkett and Langdon Mattox

How they fared in 2017: 9-3 (5-1 South Suburban Blue Conference). Hillcrest made the Class 5A state football playoff field. The Hawks defeated Peoria and Glenwood then lost to Dunlap in the quarterfinal round.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Rich Central

Sept. 1 @ Rich South

Sept 7 @ Shepard

Sept. 14 vs Oak Forest

Sept. 21 vs Lemont

Sept. 28 @ Tinley Park

Oct. 5 @ T.F. South

Oct. 12 @ T.F. North

Oct. 19 vs Bremen

[MORE: 79 Days to Kickoff - Crete-Monee]

Biggest storyline: Consistency. After two straight postseason berths, can the Hawks reload and get back into the IHSA playoff field once again this fall?

Names to watch this season: WR Corey Crooms (Western Michigan) and DE Cam Mattox (NIU)

Biggest holes to fill: The Hawks welcome back 11 returning starters (six offense, five defense); hoewever, they will need to reload on the offensive line and at linebacker. 

EDGY's Early Take: Head coach Morgan Weaver was able to get the Hawks into the state playoffs in his first season. What can they do as an encore? Hillcrest has the potential to be a real threat in 5A. Keep an eye on a strong and experienced group of receivers and backs led by senior Corey Crooms (Western Michigan). They also boast a defense that features an experienced secondary and a ton of speed. 

68 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

68 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

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: Oswego East

Head coach: Tyson LeBlanc

Assistant coaches: Dan Dunbar, Andy Brogan, Jeremy Main, Erik Aister, Dru Filkins, Connor Downs, Zac Sadek, Reggie Cribbs and Mike Harden

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (7-2 Southwest Prairie Conference). Oswego East made the Class 8A state football playoff field. The Wolves lost to St. Charles East in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Plainfield East

Aug. 31 @ Joliet West

Sept. 7 vs Romeoville

Sept. 14 vs Joliet Central

Sept. 21 @ Plainfield South

Sept. 28 @ Plainfield North

Oct. 5 vs Oswego

Oct. 12 vs Plainfield Central

Oct. 19 vs Minooka

[MORE: 73 Days to Kickoff - Joliet Central]

Biggest storyline: Can the Wolves get out of the rugged Southwest Prairie conference and make a run in the IHSA state playoffs?

Names to watch this season: ATH Justin Clark and WR Kieon Battle

Biggest holes to fill: The Wolves will need to replace their entire starting defensive line from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Oswego East head coach Tyson LeBlanc is shooting to make the IHSA playoff field and the fourth straight year in 2018. He has a 36-24 record since coming over from Curie High School back in 2012. Oswego East will rely on a strong group of returning offensive skills led by D-1 recruit Justin Clark, who can --and will-- play multiple positions this season for the Wolves.