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Edgy's recruiting news and notes: Kevin Jarvis piling up offers


Edgy's recruiting news and notes: Kevin Jarvis piling up offers

Maine South four star-ranked junior offensive guard Kevin Jarvis (6-foot-5, 315 pounds) has had an impressive run of major college level scholarship offers over the past few weeks.

"It feels good right now," Jarvis said. "It's not everyday that schools like Auburn, Michigan and Michigan State reach out and offer you a scholarship."

Jarvis, who now is touting 15 verbal scholarship offers, doesn't have a current favorite but has a few upcoming college visits planned.

"I'm thinking about going to check out Arkansas, Michigan and Michigan State soon."

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Neuqua Valley four star-ranked junior wide receiver Isaiah Robertson (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) has also been drawing several scholarship offers and college looks this winter. But what many observers might not realize is that Robertson is being recruited to play more than just receiver at the college level.

"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.  Penn State has talked to me about playing safety for them and so has Iowa State. Notre Dame is also very interested in me and said if they do offer me it will be most likely as a safety."

One of the top 2017 names on the rise is Huntley three star-ranked junior defensive end Olalere Oladipo (6-foot-4, 235 pounds). Oladipo, who has added scholarship offers from the likes of Illinois, Western Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Central Michigan and Toledo, is also playing basketball this winter for the Red Raiders. He has made visits so far to Illinois, Central Michigan and Illinois State, and is planning to make an unofficial visit to Northern Illinois University on Thursday.

Homewood-Flossmoor junior offensive guard recruit John Michael Schmitz (6-foot-4, 275 pounds) is one of several Vikings who are drawing recruiting interest and offers so far this winter. Schmitz has added scholarship offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and Western Michigan. He has visited Illinois and Central Michigan so far and hopes to see Western Michigan and Bowling Green soon. Schmitz has also started to draw some early looks from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

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Rich Central junior defensive tackle Caylon May (6-foot-3, 290 pounds) made a visit to Illinois on Wednesday and came away with an offer.

“I had a good sit down visit with head coach Bill Cubit and he offered me a scholarship, which was cool," according to May. "I also had a good talk with (Defensive Coordinator) Mike Phair just before I left campus and he really gave me some great tips to improve my pass rush. lllinois is a big offer and I had a good visit. It went well."

May will next visit Indiana and Western Michigan in March. May has scholarship offers so far from Illinois, Indiana, Bowling Green, Illinois State, Miami of Ohio and Western Michigan.

63 Days to Kickoff: Shepard

63 Days to Kickoff: Shepard 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: Shepard

Head coach: John Rone

Assistant coaches: Andrew Porter, Ron Rivera, Chris Lewis, Ryan McGuire and Clint Connelly

How they fared in 2017: 8-2 (5-1 South Suburban Red Conference). Shepard made the Class 6A state football playoff field. The Astros lost to Marmion Academy in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Leyden

Sept. 1 @ Stagg

Sept 7 vs Hillcrest

Sept. 14 vs Eisenhower

Sept. 21 @ Richards

Sept. 28 @ Oak Lawn

Oct. 5 vs Reavis

Oct. 12 vs Evergreen Park

Oct. 19 @ Argo

Biggest storyline: First-year head coach John Rone. Can the Astros challenge once again for the South Suburban Red conference title under a new head coach?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Chris Harrison and TE/DE Kevin Graham

Biggest holes to fill: The Astros bring back 10 returning starters (five offense, five defense). Overall depth could also be a concern.  

EDGY's Early Take: Shepard will be led by former Eisenhower assistant Rone, who was able to retain an experienced staff at Shepard. It will help ease the transition from former head coach Dominic Passolano this summer. If the Astros can get off to a good early start they have the overall talent to again make a state playoff appearance in 2018. Can they challenge conference power Richards in the South Suburban Red race?

64 Days to Kickoff: T.F. South

64 Days to Kickoff: T.F. South

Head coach: Bob Padjen

Assistant coaches: Trent Jensen, Jesse Kikkert, Jonathan Hill, Doug Smith, Mike Tisza, Rob Shell and Tim Russell

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (3-3 South Suburban Blue Conference), T.F. South made the Class 6A state football playoff field. The Rebels lost to Danville in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Thornwood

Sept. 1 vs Julian

Sept. 7 vs Oak Forest

Sept. 14 @ TF North

Sept. 21 vs Bremen

Sept. 28 @ Reavis

Oct. 5 vs Hillcrest

Oct. 12 @ Lemont

Oct. 19 @ Tinley Park

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Biggest storyline: T.F. South has advanced to the playoffs 20 times in the past 24 seasons. Can the Rebels get back to the IHSA state playoff field and make more noise this fall?

Names to watch this season: QB Kamron Clayton LB Michael Smith

Biggest holes to fill: The Rebels will need to replace seven starters on each side of the football this fall. 

EDGY's Early Take: T.F. South head coach Bob Padjen was able to keep the Rebels on a winning path in his first season as Rebels head coach after several years serving in an assistant role. South always has talent. If the underclassmen can step up this summer, look for the Rebels to challenge for the top half of the South Suburban Blue conference race.