Preps Talk

NBC Sports Chicago's 100 Days to Kickoff

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NBC Sports Chicago's 100 Days to Kickoff

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.

In case you missed any of our previews, here is our rundown:

100. De La Salle

99. Crystal Lake South

98. Eisenhower

97. Back of the Yards

96. Jacobs

95. Waubonsie Valley

94. Kaneland

93. West Aurora

92. St. Edward

91. Joliet Catholic

90. Warren

89. St. Charles East

88. Antioch

87. Hoffman Estates

86. Reavis

85. Rolling Meadows

84. Leo

83. Fremd

82. Ridgewood

81. Bishop McNamara

80. Fenwick

79. Crete-Monee

78. St. Patrick

77. Kankakee

76. Lakes

75. Carmel

74. Chicago Hope Academy

73. Joliet Central

72. Coal City

71. Raby

70. Morris

69. Lincoln-Way West

68. Oswego East

67. Hillcrest

66. Rich Central

65. Elmwood Park

64. T.F. South

63. Shepard

62. Lincoln Park

61. Maine West

60. Grayslake North

59. Mount Carmel

58. Vernon Hills

57. Solorio

56, Wheaton North

55. St. Viator

54. Glebrook South

53. Glenbard East

52. Maine East

51. Rochester

50. Neuqua Valley

49. Naperville North

48. DeKalb

47. Huntley

46. Wheaton Warrenville South

45. Metea Valley

44. Notre Dame

43. St. Joseph

42. West Chicago

41. Bogan

40. Chicago Ag Science

39. Downers Grove South

38. Glenbrook North

37. Schaumburg

36. Glenbard North

35. Oak Forest

34. Bartlett

33. Benet

32. Woodstock North

31. Wauconda

30. McHenry

29. Palatine

28. Lemont

27. Payton

26. IC Catholic

25. Mount Carmel

24. Montini

23. Prairie Ridge

22. Richards

21. St. Rita

20. Neuqua Valley

19. Oswego

18. New Trier

17. Barrington

16. Cary-Grove

15. Maine South

14. St. Charles North

13. Brother Rice

12. Hinsdale Central

11. Stevenson

10. Homewood-Flossmoor

9. Marist

8. Naperville Central

7. Glenbard West

6. Nazareth

5. Lake Zurich

4. Batavia

3. Phillips

2. Loyola

1. Lincoln-Way East

Breaking: RB Williams pledges to Iowa

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NBC SPORTS CHICAGO

Breaking: RB Williams pledges to Iowa

It didn't take very long for Oak Lawn Richards three star ranked junior RB LeShon Williams (5-foot-10, 205 pounds) to give the Iowa Hawkeyes his verbal commitment. Williams, who added a scholarship offer from Iowa yesterday decided this afternoon to commit to the Hawkeyes and announced his college decision via his Twitter account. 

"For me it was really all about the tradition and the culture (at Iowa)," according to Williams. "It's always been a dram of mine to play in the Big 10 conference, so why not play for Iowa and get to play again with one of my old teammates."

Williams, who is holding 16 scholarship offers this spring will join former Richards quarterback/safety Sebastian Castro who is part of the Class of 2019 for the Hawkeyes. Williams is now the 10th known verbal commitment in the Iowa Class of 2020 and is also the third known State of Illinois pledge for Iowa. Williams joins Byron three star ranked OL Tyler Elsbury along with Lena-Winslow three star ranked defensive end Isaiah Bruce as Land of Lincoln commitments. 

Quarterback JJ McCarthy commits to Michigan

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Quarterback JJ McCarthy commits to Michigan

Nazareth Academy sophomore quarterback JJ McCarthy (6-foot-2, 180 pounds), who had an All State season in 2018 leading the Roadrunners to the Class 7A state title decided to give the Michigan Wolverines his verbal commitment today while making a return unofficial visit to the Ann Arbor, Michigan, campus.

“I have a list of all the things I need to check off before I make my decision,” McCarthy told Rivals.com's Midwest Recruiting Expert Josh Helmholdt. “It’s a literal piece of paper I have at home, and Michigan checked every single one of those boxes.”

Among the various factors for McCarthy in deciding upon Michigan included location, academics along with preparing him for the next level of football.

“With all the NFL ties Michigan has, especially quarterback-wise with coach (Jim) Harbaugh and coach (Ben) McDaniels, it’s really a no-brainer for me,” McCarthy said. “When I hear ‘Michigan,’ I think of Tom Brady. He’s the greatest of all time and he’s an alum… at my position too.”

McCarthy, who was already holding over 30 verbal scholarship offers including offers from multiple Power 5 programs is the second known verbal commitment in the Michigan Wolverines Class of 2021 joining Stevenson Sterling Heights (Mich.) ranked offensive tackle Giovanni El Hadi.

McCarthy is now the fourth known verbal commitment from the state of Illinois Class of 2021, joining Antioch sophomore QB Athan Kaliakmanis (Minnesota) and his brother Dino Kaliakmanis (Minnesota) and Naperville Central sophomore QB/ATH Sam Jackson (Minnesota).