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Notable Illinois products to follow during NFL Draft


Notable Illinois products to follow during NFL Draft

Two more days remain in the 2018 NFL Draft — and there is a good chance that several local players will have their names announced in Dallas by the time the weekend is up. Here a few products from the state of Illinois to pay attention to over the remaining days of the draft. 

OT Jamarco Jones (De La Salle/Ohio State)

Jones, a four-star ranked offensive tackle recruit, was also ranked as the seventh-best offensive tackle in the nation from the Class of 2014, according to Jones had over 25 scholarship offers while being an All State lineman for the Meteors. He gave Ohio State his verbal commitment in the summer of 2013. Jones made two official visits including a late official visit to Michigan State but signed his letter of intent with the Buckeyes. 

C-G Brian Allen (Hinsdale Central/Michigan State)

Allen, who was a four-star ranked center recruit, joined his older brother Jack Allen at Michigan State and gave the Spartans his verbal commitment in April 2013. Allen, as a true freshman, wound up playing on the same line as Jack. He was an early lean towards Michigan State in his recruiting process despite landing 15 scholarship offers.

TE Troy Fumagalli (Waubonsie Valley/Wisconsin)

Fumagalli, a three-star ranked tight end in the Class of 2013, wound up heading to Wisconsin as a preferred walk-on. He passed up 11 scholarship offers from multiple Mid-American Conference and FCS schools. Fumagalli, who wound up on a full scholarship in his junior year at Wisconsin, also looked hard at North Carolina State before making his college choice. 

RB Justin Jackson (Glenbard North/Northwestern)

Jackson, who was a four-star ranked running back in the Class of 2014, gave Northwestern his early verbal commitment in May 2013. Jackson, who was nicknamed Superman while being a three-year, All-State running back and defensive back at Glenbard North, was an early lean to Northwestern. Jackson did take a handful of unofficial visits to Vanderbilt, Iowa and Illinois before committing to the Wildcats. 

WR Simmie Cobbs Jr. (Oak Park-River Forest/Indiana)

Cobbs Jr. was a three-star ranked athlete in the Class of 2014. He gave Indiana a verbal commitment in February 2014 a few days after making an official visit. Cobbs Jr., who also drew recruiting attention as a tight end, originally gave Purdue his verbal commitment. However, the Boilermakers offered and recruited Cobbs Jr. as a tight end while Indiana insisted that Cobbs Jr. would play wide receiver for the Hoosiers. Cobbs Jr. made official visits to both Purdue and Indiana and Cobbs Jr. flipped his Purdue pledge to Indiana and signed to play in Bloomington.

Here are some other notable potential draftees to keep an eye on this weekend:

OL Kyle Bosch (Wheaton St. Francis/West Virginia)

DE Demetrius Cooper (Julian/Michigan State)

LB Chris Covington (Al Raby/Indiana)

K Tyler Davis (St. Charles North/Penn State)

LB Garret Dooley (Rochester/Wisconsin)

CB Jayden Dunlap (Crete-Monee/Illinois)

RB Jarvion (Franklin Andrew/WMU)

RB Ty Isaac (Joliet Catholic/Michigan)

DB Michael Joseph (Oswego/University of Dubuque)

DT Tyler Lancaster (Plainfield East/Northwestern)

TE Nathan Marcus (Glenbard West/Vanderbilt)

LB Nyles Morgan (Crete-Monee/Notre Dame)

DB Cole Reyes (Schaumburg/North Dakota)

DT Steven Richardson (Mount Carmel/Minnesota)

WR Trent Sherfield (Danville/Vanderbilt)

QB Chris Streveler (Marian Central Catholic/South Dakota)

LB Brett Taylor (Macomb/Western Illinois)

WR Malik Turner (Sacred Heart-Griffin/Illinois)

OL Logan Tuley-Tillman (Peoria Manual/UTEP)

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest 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: Hillcrest

Head coach: Morgan Weaver

Assistant coaches:  Mike Young, Kyran Weaver, Rob Hancock, Ryan Keen, Nicholas Schultz, Tramaine Weaver, Phillip Burkett and Langdon Mattox

How they fared in 2017: 9-3 (5-1 South Suburban Blue Conference). Hillcrest made the Class 5A state football playoff field. The Hawks defeated Peoria and Glenwood then lost to Dunlap in the quarterfinal round.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Rich Central

Sept. 1 @ Rich South

Sept 7 @ Shepard

Sept. 14 vs Oak Forest

Sept. 21 vs Lemont

Sept. 28 @ Tinley Park

Oct. 5 @ T.F. South

Oct. 12 @ T.F. North

Oct. 19 vs Bremen

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Biggest storyline: Consistency. After two straight postseason berths, can the Hawks reload and get back into the IHSA playoff field once again this fall?

Names to watch this season: WR Corey Crooms (Western Michigan) and DE Cam Mattox (NIU)

Biggest holes to fill: The Hawks welcome back 11 returning starters (six offense, five defense); hoewever, they will need to reload on the offensive line and at linebacker. 

EDGY's Early Take: Head coach Morgan Weaver was able to get the Hawks into the state playoffs in his first season. What can they do as an encore? Hillcrest has the potential to be a real threat in 5A. Keep an eye on a strong and experienced group of receivers and backs led by senior Corey Crooms (Western Michigan). They also boast a defense that features an experienced secondary and a ton of speed. 

68 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

68 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East 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: Oswego East

Head coach: Tyson LeBlanc

Assistant coaches: Dan Dunbar, Andy Brogan, Jeremy Main, Erik Aister, Dru Filkins, Connor Downs, Zac Sadek, Reggie Cribbs and Mike Harden

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (7-2 Southwest Prairie Conference). Oswego East made the Class 8A state football playoff field. The Wolves lost to St. Charles East in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Plainfield East

Aug. 31 @ Joliet West

Sept. 7 vs Romeoville

Sept. 14 vs Joliet Central

Sept. 21 @ Plainfield South

Sept. 28 @ Plainfield North

Oct. 5 vs Oswego

Oct. 12 vs Plainfield Central

Oct. 19 vs Minooka

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Biggest storyline: Can the Wolves get out of the rugged Southwest Prairie conference and make a run in the IHSA state playoffs?

Names to watch this season: ATH Justin Clark and WR Kieon Battle

Biggest holes to fill: The Wolves will need to replace their entire starting defensive line from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Oswego East head coach Tyson LeBlanc is shooting to make the IHSA playoff field and the fourth straight year in 2018. He has a 36-24 record since coming over from Curie High School back in 2012. Oswego East will rely on a strong group of returning offensive skills led by D-1 recruit Justin Clark, who can --and will-- play multiple positions this season for the Wolves.