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EDGY's recruiting news and notes: Terry Beckner Jr. visits FSU

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EDGY's recruiting news and notes: Terry Beckner Jr. visits FSU

East St. Louis senior defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. (6-foot-4, 298 pounds, four-star recruit in Rivals.com rankings) made his first official visit to Florida State this past weekend.

"It was incredible; way better than I expected," Beckner Jr. said after his trip. "Everyone [at Florida State] are just real people. They aren't uptight and made me feel at home."

Beckner Jr. has yet to set any other official visits but previously indicated he could also make official visit to both Missouri and Ohio State.

DePaul Prep senior four-star defensive end Raequan Williams (6-foot-6, 280 pounds) has made two official visits so far, one to Iowa (October 31st) and one to Michigan State (November 21st), and for now it remains unclear whether Williams will make any additional official visits before making his college choice.

Williams recently told Rivals.com's midwest recruiting expert Josh Helmholdt, "I was going to go to Arizona, but they have a championship game so I don't think I'm going to go this weekend. It's up in the air whether I'll be able to (reschedule)."

Williams, who previously narrowed down his list of favorites to Arizona, Iowa and Michigan State, seems to be getting a bit anxious to make a decision soon.

"I really want to get it over. I haven't talked with my mom about it, but I really want to get it done before the New Year. My mom really thinks I should give Arizona a look on an official visit."

Oak Lawn Richards senior three-star wide receiver Spencer Tears (6-foot-1, 172 pounds) is also one of the highest ranked uncommitted recruits in Chicagoland for the Class of 2015. So what's going on with Tears these days?

"I'm playing basketball right now," Tears said. "But I have one official visit set and I'm hoping to get a few others set soon. I'm going to visit Syracuse on January 16th. I'm also looking hard at Louisville, Bowling Green and also Purdue. I'm looking to take at least a few official visits before I make a college decision."

Tears originally was committed to Nebraska but then backed off that verbal commitment back in May. 

Libertyville junior quarterback Riley Lees (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) had an all-state caliber season for the Wildcats. Lees also has drawn an early scholarship offer and recruiting interest from several schools this fall.

"I have an offer from Wofford," according to Lees. "My older brother played at Wofford and they offered me a scholarship around mid-season this year. It feels great to have that first offer. I'm also starting to get mail from schools like Michigan State, Boston College, Minnesota, Iowa, Toledo and a few smaller level schools. They all want to see my season ending video and they also want me to stay in touch."

Chicago Mount Carmel senior defensive back Marquise Peggs (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) will make his first official visit this weekend to Wyoming. Peggs is also planning to make official visits to Harvard and Yale next week, along with Central Michigan in January. Peggs has scholarship offers from Wyoming, NIU, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Toledo, Buffalo, Miami of Ohio, Illinois State and Ball State.

97 Days to Kickoff: Elmwood Park

97 Days to Kickoff: Elmwood 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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Elmwood Park

Head coach: Dylan Mack

Assistant coaches: Gabe Ostrander, Mario Fiorito, Chad Nardi, Tony Sylvester, Eric Lewis and Dwayne French

How they fared in 2018: 8-3 (4-1 Metro Suburban Red). Elmwood Park made the Class 4A state playoff field and beat Back of the Yards. In the second round, they lost to Evergreen Park.

2019 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 30 vs St. Joseph

Sept. 6 vs Lisle

Sept. 13 @ Ridgewood

Sept. 20 vs St. Edward

Sept. 27 vs Westmont

Oct. 4 @ Christ the King

Oct. 11 vs Guerin Prep

Oct. 18 @ Chicago Christian

Oct. 25 @ Bishop McNamara

Biggest storyline: Last year, the Tigers had their best season on the gridiron since 1985’s 12-1 state semifinal team. What will this team do for an encore? Can they go deeper into the state playoffs?

Names to watch this season: Senior quarterback Mike Stranski and wide receiver Keon Grimes

Biggest holes to fill: The Tigers will need to find some new faces to bolster the defensive line and at the linebacker positions.

EDGY's Early Take: It was a banner year in 2018, as Elmwood Park advanced to the their playoffs in consecutive years for the first time in school history. Coach Dylan Mack’s program has some momentum will have a very good chance to make it three state playoff appearances in a row later this fall.

98 Days to Kickoff: Plainfield South

98 Days to Kickoff: Plainfield South

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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Plainfield South

Head coach: Bill Bicker

Assistant coaches: Adam Chavez (OC), Rob Szudarski (DC), Ben Delange (OL), Corey Carver (DL), Clint Reams (LB)

How they fared in 2018: 7-3 (7-2 Southwest Prairie). Plainfield South made the Class 8A state playoff field and lost to Naperville Central in opening round action. 

2019 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 30 @ West Aurora

Sept. 6 vs Minooka

Sept. 13 @ Oswego

Sept. 20 vs Oswego East

Sept. 27 @ Joliet Central

Oct. 4 vs Plainfield Central

Oct. 11 vs Plainfield East

Oct. 18 @ Joliet West

Oct. 25 vs Romeoville

Biggest storyline: Where will the Cougars place in the newly expanded Southwest Prairie Conference?

Names to watch this season: Senior RB Jaylin Eisen, junior QB Niko Schultz, junior OL Deuce Yates

Biggest holes to fill: The Cougars will need to replace eight graduated starters from last season’s defense, a unit that was one of the best in the Southwest Prairie.

EDGY's Early Take: Head coach Bill Bicker was able to put together a punishing ground game and a speedy defense to get into the state playoff field last season. 2019? Look for the Cougars to rely on an experienced offense led by junior QB Niko Schultz. If the defense can reload a bit, expect Plainfield South to challenge for another state playoff spot this fall.