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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.

38 Days to Kickoff - Glenbrook North

38 Days to Kickoff - Glenbrook North

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: Glenbrook North

Head coach: Bob Pieper

Assistant coaches: Matt Purdy, Dom Savino, Justin Weiner, Justin Georgacakis, Matt Miller, Brad Hokin, Ernie Brandt and Mike Nabolotny

How they fared in 2017: 5-4 (2-3 Central Suburban North Conference). Glenbrook North failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Wheeling

Sept. 1 vs Grant

Sept. 7 vs Hoffman Estates

Sept. 14 @ Elk Grove

Sept. 21 @ Maine West

Sept. 28 vs Highland Park

Oct. 5 @ Maine East

Oct. 12 vs Deerfield

Oct. 19 vs Vernon Hills

[MORE: 61 Days to Kickoff - Maine West]

Biggest storyline: Will the Spartans' growing pains from last season pay off come August?

Names to watch this season: DB Ben Kieffer and OL Nick Mantas

Biggest holes to fill: The Spartans welcome back an impressive 15 starters (eight offense, seven defense) this season. That said, who will be the main ball carrier this season for the Spartans?

EDGY's Early Take: Glenbrook North posted a winning record in 2017, but a low playoff point total kept the Spartans watching the playoffs at home. Look for a much more experienced team on both sides of the football this fall that will contend for the Central Suburban North conference title and a state playoff spot. 

39 Days to Kickoff - Downers Grove South

39 Days to Kickoff - Downers Grove 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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Downers Grove South

Head coach: Mark Molinari 

Assistant coaches: Mark Molinari - Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator, Dan Bielawski - Defensive Coordinator, Troy Michalek - Defensive Line, Matt Quatman - Linebackers, Jon Orech - Offensive Line, Chris Wild - Offensive Line, Paul Maggiore - Running Backs, Tony Nevrly - Wide Receivers

How they fared in 2017: 4-5 (4-2 West Suburban Gold Conference). Downers Grove South failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Bolingbrook

Sept. 1 vs Oak Park-River Forest

Sept 8 @ Proviso East

Sept. 14 @ Hinsdale South

Sept. 21 vs Addison Trail

Sept. 28 @ Morton

Oct. 5 vs Leyden

Oct. 12 @ Downers Grove North

Oct. 19 vs Willowbrook

[MORE: 59 Days to Kickoff - Mount Carmel]

Biggest storyline: Can the Mustangs contend for the West Suburban Gold title and get back to the IHSA state playoffs?

Names to watch this season: WR/DB Jaelynn Blecke, OL/DL Shawn Lee and ATH Jayden Lambert

Biggest holes to fill: The Mustangs will have some graduation holes to fill-- especially at the quarterback position. Multi-year starter Matt Greenwald leaves big shoes to fill under center.

EDGY's Early Take: Downers Grove South just missed making the 2017 IHSA state playoff field. While the Mustangs will be a bit younger in 2018, it could work to their advantage. They have some very talented underclassmen names to watch this fall. The Mustangs' overall depth will be tested in a few spots this season; however, if South can stay relatively healthy, this team has a chance to challenge for a conference title and a state playoff spot.