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Hot Five: Top in-state recruits from Class of 2017

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Hot Five: Top in-state recruits from Class of 2017

Let’s take a look at the “Hot Five” in-state recruits from the Class of 2017 over the past month:

TE Jake Marwede, Loyola Academy: Marwede has added an impressive 24 scholarship offers, his latest coming last week from Alabama. It's not often that the Crimson Tide heads north for a recruit. Marwede, along with East St. Louis four star-ranked wide receiver Jeff Thomas (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) are the only two Illinois recruits in the Class of 2017 with offers from the defending national champions. Marwede has recently visited Duke, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and Tennessee. Not bad for a kid who started playing tight end for the first time just last season after playing quarterback for the Ramblers.

DE Izayah Green-May, Bolingbrook: So far, Green-May has added 17 scholarship offers. His latest offer comes from Wisconsin after making an on campus visit in Madison. Green-May is extremely quick and athletic and will add more weight and size at the next level.

OG Kevin Jarvis, Maine South: Jarvis has also been drawing scholarship offers outside of the Midwest and has become a national level recruit. Jarvis has added four SEC offers so far (Arkansas/Auburn/Mississippi State/Tennessee) and seven others from the Big Ten. Expect more schools to offer Jarvis once the spring evaluation period begins in mid-April.

LB Micah Awodiran, Marist: The in-state linebacker class isn't shaping up to be exceptionally deep, yet Awodiran is (hands down) the top linebacker in this class. Awodiran has quickly added 15 offers including offers from Arkansas and Boston College along with four Big Ten offers (Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Purdue). Awodiran is planning to visit several schools in person this spring and is hoping to make a college decision by the end of the summer.

RB Ivory Kelly-Martin, Oswego East: Kelly-Martin, who was an All-State running back last season at Nazareth Academy, transferred over to Oswego East this semester. Kelly-Martin now has added 14 scholarship offers along with strong recruiting looks from the likes of Michigan State and Tennessee. Iowa is the latest offer for Kelly-Martin, who was offered at a recent Iowa junior day event.

61 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

61 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

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: Maine West

Head coach: Jason Kradman

Assistant coaches: Steve Piha (Def. Coordinator), Mike O'Brill (DB/ST Coordinator), Tony Manicke (LB/Head JV Coach), Dan Wilson (OL) Russ Swenson (TE) Ryan Willett (QB) Matt Boswell (DL) Trent Greco (WR) Kyle Prater (WR) Mike Smith (Head Frosh Coach) Joe Duszynski (Frosh Asst.) and DJ Frey (Frosh Asst.).

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (4-1 Central Suburban North Conference). Maine West made the Class 7A state football playoff field. The Warriors lost to Benet Academy in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Mundelein

Sept. 1 @ Fenton

Sept. 7 vs Elk Grove

Sept. 14 @ Hersey

Sept. 21 vs Glenbrook North

Sept. 28 @ Maine East

Oct. 5 vs Vernon Hills

Oct. 12 vs Highland Park

Oct. 19 @ Deerfield

[MORE: 65 Days to Kickoff - Elmwood Park]

Biggest storyline: Will history repeat itself? Can the Warriors post back-to-back IHSA state playoff appearances? If so, it'd be a first for the Des Plaines high school.

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Jake Bellizzi, FB/LB Krystian Garbicz and WR/DB Ely Grimmer

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will need to replace standout TE Matt Kentgen (now at Butler). He was a multi-year starter and team leader last fall.  

EDGY's Early Take: Maine West, coached by Jason Kradman, has been one of the area's better success stories. Kradman took over the Warriors program in 2014 and guided the Warriors to their first state playoff appearance since 2002. With 13 returning starters back from a season ago (seven offense, six defense) and a program-wide boost in overall numbers and excitement, look for the Warriors to have a good shot at playoff football once again this October.

62 Days to Kickoff: Lincoln Park

62 Days to Kickoff: Lincoln 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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

 

School: Lincoln Park

Head coach: Vince DeFrancesco

Assistant coaches: Steve Karoff, Grant Magnuson, Tyler Clark, Brandon Randolph, Alex Green and Tom Dellota

How they fared in 2017: 8-2 (7-0 Chicago Public League Chicago Big Shoulders Conference). Lincoln Park made the Class 7A state football playoff field. The Lions lost to Alton in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ IWT Speer

Sept. 1 vs. Kenwood

Sept. 7 vs. Hubbard

Sept. 14 @ Phillips

Sept. 21 vs. Lane Tech

Sept. 28 vs. Taft

Oct. 5 vs. Westinghouse

Oct. 12 vs. Raby

Oct. 19 vs. Morgan Park

Biggest storyline: The Lions' new conference. Can Lincoln Park keep its winning ways when they start playing in the CPL/Illini Land of Lincoln this fall?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Dane Romberger and DB Jalen Jenkins

Biggest holes to fill: The Lions will need to reload on the offensive side of the football this summer with just three starters back this fall.

EDGY's Early Take: Coach Vince DeFrancesco's Lions have been on a nice roll, getting to the IHSA state playoffs in each of his past three seasons (four straight for the school overall). However, the price for the Lions' success is extremely high. The CPL Illini Land of Lincoln is loaded. The schedule includes the likes of Kenwood, Hubbard, Phillips, Raby and Morgan Park...just to name a few. If the Lions can develop their less experienced offense this summer, all the better for them.