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The five top undecided recruits in the Class of 2016

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The five top undecided recruits in the Class of 2016

The EDGYTIM.com Class of 2016 Top 50 recruit rankings are on the board. Who are the five best undecided recruits on that list?

Lake Forest Academy offensive tackle Thomas Schaffer. Listed as an offensive tackle, this three-star recruit has offers from schools as a defensive end, and Schaffer prefers playing defense at the college level. He has been looking hard at Wisconsin, Stanford and Oregon. Schaffer, who hails from Austria, spent the summer at home before returning back to Lake Forest Academy for the current school year. Schaffer has only visited Wisconsin (unofficially) so far and is planning to make at least a few official visits before making a college choice.

Phillips defensive end Amir Watts. Watts, who played at De La Salle last season before transferring to Phillips in the spring, was verbally committed to Western Michigan up until a week ago when he decided to re-open his recruiting process. Watts, a three-star athlete, has seen his recruiting skyrocket since the spring and is looking at the likes of Syracuse, Tennessee, Rutgers, Kansas, Kentucky, Pitt and Minnesota. He has offers from all of them except for Tennessee and Minnesota.

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Sacred Heart-Griffin athlete Albert Okwuegbunam. “Albert O” has nearly 20 major D-I verbal scholarship offers this season and was expected to make a verbal commitment by now. Okwugebunam, a three-star athlete, has made just a handful of unofficial visits this summer and was seen to be leaning toward Missouri.

Homewood-Flossmoor wide receiver Kendric Pryor. This three-star talent also saw his recruiting stock rise steadily since the spring. Pryor has made just a few unofficial visits so far and was leaning toward Iowa, Iowa State and was drawing new interest from Pitt and Wisconsin. Both of them are very much in the mix. Pryor could end up making a few official visits before making a final decision.

Homewood-Flossmoor guard Desmond Bland. Bland, a three-star offensive lineman, has already stated that he doesn't plan to make any college decision until National Signing Day on Feb. 3. Bland has made an unofficial visit to Indiana and has an offer from the Hoosiers. Expect more schools to come in this fall and winter. Bland is also expected to make some official visits after the season before making his college choice.

40 Days to Kickoff: Chicago Ag Science

40 Days to Kickoff: Chicago Ag Science

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: Chicago Ag Science

Head coach: Shawn Finnin

Assistant coaches: Craig Dovich Vince Patterson KJ Jones Richard Price

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (5-1 CPL Chicago Great Lakes Conference). Chicago Ag made the Class 4A state playoff field and lost to Rochelle in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Lindblom

Aug. 31 vs Hubbard

Sept 7 vs King

Sept. 14 @ Harlan

Sept. 21 @ Julian

Sept. 28 vs Marshall

Oct. 4 vs Goode

Oct. 13 @ Urban Prep Englewood

Oct. 19 vs Orr

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Biggest storyline: Can the Cyclones keep winning in a new conference (CPL Illini Windy City) starting this year?

Names to watch this season: TE Tony Stafford and OL Kam Williams

Biggest holes to fill: The Cyclones will need to replace 8 starters on defense lost to graduation.

EDGY's Early Take: The Cyclones had a historic season in 2017 making the IHSA state playoff field for the first time in school history. With the recent success comes a "move up" to the Illini division this fall. Look for Ag Science to rely on an experienced offense (seven starters) including four returning starters on the Cyclones offensive line from a year ago.

41 Days to Kickoff: Bogan

41 Days to Kickoff: Bogan

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: Bogan

Head coach: Stacy Douglas

Assistant coaches: Yahya Mohammad, Shaun Edward and Kevin Moore

How they fared in 2017: 5-4 (1-3 CPL Intra City 2 Conference). Bogan and the rest of the CPL Intra City conference schools were ineligible for the IHSA state football playoffs.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Solorio

Aug. 31 vs. Whitney Young (at Gately)

Sept 8 vs. DuSable (at Stagg)

Sept. 13 vs. UCCS Woodlawn (at Stagg)

Sept. 20 vs. Juarez (at Stagg)

Sept. 29 vs. North Grand (at Stagg)

Oct. 5 vs. Little Village (at Stagg)

Oct. 11 vs. Carver (at Gately)

Oct. 19 TBA CPL Playoffs

Biggest storyline: After a forfeited season in 2016 and a winning record last season, can the Bengals find success moving up to the CPL Chicago Madison Street conference this season?

Names to watch this season: RB/DB Keondre White and TE/SS Mateo Foster

Biggest holes to fill: The Bengals will welcome back several returning starters but overall depth could be a potential issue this season.

EDGY's Early Take: Bogan, with third-year head coach Stacy Douglas, will be stepping up in a big way this fall. They will move from the Intra City conference to the Chicago Madison Street conference, which is IHSA state playoff eligible. While the schedule is a bit tougher this fall do not overlook the Bengals’ chances of competing for a conference title and a potential state playoff bid in 2018.