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Fremd WR Cordell Finley impresses at Rivals Camp


Fremd WR Cordell Finley impresses at Rivals Camp

The annual Rivals Camp presented by Under Armour moved a bit south this spring to O'Fallon High School and drew several top Chicagoland names over the weekend.

Cordell Finley (WR), Fremd

One of the more impressive performances at Rivals Camp came from Finley (6-foot-1, 175 pounds). The junior wideout, who played quarterback for the Vikings and head coach Lou Sponsel in 2014, was able to compete with several highly ranked receivers.

"The Rivals Camp was incredible," Finley said. "I was able to go against some of the best defensive backs I've ever seen."

Finley will hit the camp circuit hard this summer in hopes of adding his first scholarship offer.

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"I'm planning to visit camp this summer at Minnesota, Iowa, Purdue, Illinois, Toledo, Indiana, NIU, Michigan State and Tennessee. The coaches from those schools have been in my school and they all want to see me up close at a camp this summer to evaluate me."

Naquan Jones (DT), Evanston

Jones (6-foot-4, 289 pounds) released his Top 6 schools on Thursday morning. Also, Jones announced last week via Twitter that he will make his college decision on June 5.

"That's the last day of school," Jones said. "I'm in the process of setting up some visit over the next few weeks and then I'll announce my decision on June 5th."

Jones will make his college choice between Michigan State, South Carolina, Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Penn State.

Mike Panasiuk (DT), Lake Park

Panasiuk (6-foot-4, 275 pounds) took part in Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp at Addison Trail High School. He was selected to take part in The Opening, Nike's invite only elite level camp over the Fourth of July weekend at the Nike headquarters in Oregon.

"My goal was to go in and perform well (at the NFTC) and win a spot in The Opening," Panasiuk said. "And it feels good to achieve that goal for sure."

Panasiuk, who has offers from 19 schools including Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Penn State, is still trying to sort out his college options.

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"I've said all along that I'm looking for that school that stands out to me. I need to get out this summer and make visits and get a better idea on several schools. I also keep drawing offers this spring so that makes it a bit harder to sort out and focus on schools. I need to make visits first before I can start to even consider narrowing things down."

Daniel Joseph (DE), Lake Forest

Joseph (6-foot-3, 240 pounds) has been looking harder and harder at his college options recently. Joseph has 18 scholarship offers and is in no hurry to make his college choice.

"I just don't have any favorites for now," Joseph said. "I just need to get out and see more schools before I can even think of naming anyone as a favorite. I'm just not in a big hurry to make a college decision. I'm looking at making some official visits after the season. I want to make sure I'm taking my time and making the best decision I can. I also want my family to be involved in this process and my decision."

Joseph will make an unofficial visit to Iowa this weekend.

Two 2020 Top Chicagoland names make college choices


Two 2020 Top Chicagoland names make college choices

Two top names from the Chicagoland Class of 2020 have given verbal commitments so far today.

Chicago Curie senior to be three star ranked offensive tackle Kevo Wesley (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) gave Vanderbilt his verbal commitment this evening while on his official visit this weekend. Wesley, who is holding 29 scholarship offers this summer recently narrowed down his list of favorite schools to both Boston College and Vanderbilt and made official visits to both schools.

Wesley, who didn't play any organized football until his sophomore season under Condors head coach Arthur Ray Jr., saw his transition from football novice to pledging to Vanderbilt and playing in the Southeastern Conference pay off today.

"Kevo just always had a tremendous level of focus," according to Curie head coach Arthur Ray Jr.. "He was a basketball kid who wanted to get better and worked hard. He never missed a workout or a training season  and he would always put in extra work. He always had the academic side taken care and Vanderbilt plays in the SEC plus they offer a great education and it's a great fit."

Wheaton Warrenville South senior K Jack Olsen (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) added a full scholarship offer from Michigan State a few weeks ago and tonight gave the Spartans his verbal commitment while on his official visit. Olsen, ranked as one of the top place kickers in the nation according to Chris Sailer Kicking pointed towards the overall fit for him at Michigan State as a main factor in his decision.

"I have visited Michigan State multiple times and I've always loved it there," Olsen said. "I have always wanted to play in the Big Ten growing up. I've looked into everything that Michigan State has to offer including taking an academics tour. I wanted to make sure I loved the schools for everything and not just the football side."


76 Days to Kickoff: Eisenhower

76 Days to Kickoff: Eisenhower 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: Eisenhower

Head coach: Sheamus Murphy

Assistant coaches: Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera, ST Coordinator Billy Viero, assistant Darren Bryant, assistant Charles Edwards, assistant Jesse Gonzalez, assistant Ryan Gorney, assistant Will Johnson, assistant Marty McNamara, assistant Tim McNamara, assistant Anthony Munoz, assistant TJ Murphy,  assistant Jeremy Rodrigues, assistant Dan Russell, assistant Terrence Streater and assistant Ron Zychowski

How they fared in 2018: 4-5 (2-4 South Suburban Red Conference). Eisenhower failed to qualify for the IHSA football playoff field. 

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Oak Forest

Sept. 6 vs St. Laurence

Sept. 13 vs Argo

Sept. 20 @ Reavis

Sept. 27 vs Shepard

Oct. 4 @ T.F. North

Oct. 11 @ Evergreen Park

Oct. 18 @ Oak Lawn

Oct. 25 vs Richards

Biggest storyline: It centers on new head coach Sheamus Murphy. Can he get the Cardinals back on the winning track?

Names to watch this season: QB Daniel McLaurin (Sr.), RB/LB Cristian Tellez (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Cardinals will need to replace 15 graduated starter from last season. 

EDGY's Early Take: The Cardinals’ now-former head coach Travis Moore decided to head to the college level. He became the defensive line coach at NIU. New head coach Sheamus Murphy, who built the Back of the Yards program from scratch, takes over and brings a ton of energy and excitement to the Island starting in 2019.