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Edgy's Recruiting News: Two Land of Lincoln players pick Florida Atlantic

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Edgy's Recruiting News: Two Land of Lincoln players pick Florida Atlantic

Florida Atlantic landed two Land of Lincoln verbal commitments this past weekend when Oswego senior three-star quarterback Steven Frank and Hinsdale Central senior guard Doug Kramer Jr. gave head coach Charlie Partridge and the Owls verbal commitments.

"Florida Atlantic is just a great opportunity," Frank said. "I loved the campus along with everything happening down there. I had a great official visit, and I think they are going to break out pretty soon."

Both Frank and Kramer Jr. pledged to FAU last weekend on official visits. Florida Atlantic has some Illinois ties in the program including redshirt freshman offensive linemen Jack Breshears from Batavia along with assistant coach Terrance Jamison (Thornton Township) and assistant coach Bart Miller (Elk Grove).

Chicagoland pipeline keeps feeding Wyoming

Wyoming has always maintained a steady pipeline to the Chicagoland area, and the Cowboys added two recent verbal commitments.

Oak Park-River Forest senior inside linebacker Jahmari Moore made an official visit last weekend and pledged to the Cowboys.

"I just really enjoyed my official visit and seeing everything that Wyoming has to offer," Moore said. "I've never been to that part of the country, and it's just beautiful. I was really impressed with the campus, the facilities and the academic side, as well. I got along really well with the other recruits and the players already on the team, and that was another big factor in my decision. I felt very comfortable with the team and the coaches on my visit, and I felt like I was already on the team."

Crete-Monee senior outside linebacker Drew Harvey also made an official visit this past weekend to Wyoming. On Monday, Harvey ended his recruiting process and gave Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl his verbal commitment.

"I sat down with my parents, and we talked about it," Harvey said. "I just feel that Wyoming is the best fit for me. ... Today I knew that I was ready to commit to Wyoming. Wyoming is the place I need to be to succeed."

Harvey was starting to draw serious recruiting interest from several Mid American Conference schools along with several FCS programs before pledging to Wyoming.

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Schaffer not rushing decision

Lake Forest Academy senior three-star defensive end Thomas Schaffer has made three official visits, and for now Schaffer seems to be in no rush to make a final college decision.

"Right now it's a really hard decision, and I just have to clear my head from those visits. I don't want to make a false decision and decide too early," Schaffer recently told BadgersBlitz.com's Jon McNamara. "I was going to commit in January, but it might take longer or it might be before that, just depending on how I feel."

Schaffer made official visits to Oregon (Nov. 11), Stanford (Nov. 13) and Wisconsin (Nov. 20) and is expected to make his final college choice between those three schools.

Illinois picks up Green

Illinois added a verbal commitment this past weekend from East St. Louis senior safety Stanley Green. Green, who will join his Flyers teammate Trevour Simms, a three-star offensive guard, in the Fighting Illini's  2016 class, was sold on Illinois after his official visit last weekend.

"I really didn't know what to expect before my official visit this weekend. Once I got on campus and around the team I was able to see how everyone loves the school and how it's just one huge family at Illinois. Illinois just has so much to offer not only from the football side but in life, so I committed."

Illinois head coach Bill Cubit now has 18 known verbal commitments, including seven in-state commitments.

89 Days to Kickoff: St. Charles East

89 Days to Kickoff: St. Charles 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: St. Charles East

Head coach: Bryce Farquhar

How they fared in 2017: 8-3 (4-2 Upstate 8 River Conference), St. Charles East made the 2017 IHSA state Class 8A playoff field. The Saints defeated Oswego East then lost to eventual 8A state champion Lincoln-Way East in second round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Rock Island

Aug. 31 @ Carmel

Sept. 7 vs Glenbard North

Sept. 14 @ Wheaton South

Sept. 21 vs Geneva

Sept. 28 @ St. Charles North

Oct. 5 vs Batavia

Oct. 12 @ Wheaton North

Oct. 19 vs Lake Park

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Biggest storyline: The Saints have had impressive campaigns the last two seasons. Can they continue to prosper in the newly-formed DuKane Conference?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Justin Jett and OL Dylan Barrett

Biggest holes to fill: The Saints will look to reload at a few key spots including at quarterback, as Clayton Isbell has moved on to Illinois State. Replacing RB/LB Nick Garlisch (South Dakota St.) will be key as well.

EDGY's Early Take: Coach Bryce Farquhar's Saints have produced playoff seasons in back-to-back years. Now, their regular season ramps up a bit with the newly-formed DuKane Conference. The new league features some former Upstate Eight conference foes in St. Charles North, Batavia and Geneva, plus former DuPage Valley members Wheaton Warrenville South, Wheaton North, Glenbard North and Lake Park. Look for the Saints to rely on some experience up front. Three starters are back on the offensive line, including junior OG Dylan Barrett. He has already added several FBS level scholarship offers. 

90 Days to Kickoff: Warren

90 Days to Kickoff: Warren

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: Warren Township

Head coach: Bryan McNulty

Assistant coaches: Jim Voutiritsas, Brandon Schild, Justin Van Schaik, Tayler Erbach and Mark Mika

How they fared in 2017: 7-4 (5-2 North Suburban Conference). Warren Township made the IHSA 8A playoff field. The Blue Devils defeated Bolingbrook then lost to Maine South in second round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule

Aug. 24 vs Barrington

Aug. 31 @ Glenbard North

Sept. 7 vs Waukegan

Sept. 14 vs Libertyville

Sept. 21 @ Lake Forest

Sept. 28 @ Zion-Benton

Oct. 5 vs Lake Zurich

Oct. 12 vs Stevenson

Oct. 19 @ Mundelein

Biggest storyline: Can The Blue Devils make it back-to-back postseason appearances and challenge for the North Suburban Conference title?

Names to watch this season: DL Zack Pelland, DT Willis Singleton and RB Martin Walker

Biggest holes to fill: The Blue Devils will need to find a new pass/catch tandem to replace graduated QB Ian Schilling and a strong group in the skills department, led by WR Micah Jones (Notre Dame).  

EDGY's Early Take: The Blue Devils had a nice 2017 season. After starting seven sophomores on the varsity level a year ago, head coach Bryan McNulty has the rare combination of youth and experience this fall. The defense will be a definite strength going into the season. The offense will rely on the running game, which features four starting offensive linemen back in the fold along with senior RB Martin Walker. If the passing game can come along, this team can once again challenge in the North Suburban Conference race and also in the overall 8A picture.