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Preps recruiting news and notes: Noah Shannon backs out of commitment

Preps recruiting news and notes: Noah Shannon backs out of commitment

Oswego three-star ranked defensive tackle Noah Shannon (6-foot-2, 290 pounds) this past weekend announced that he was backing off his earlier verbal commitment to Minnesota and has reopened his recruiting process. 

"I wanted to go on a few more college visits to make sure I did make the right decision," Shannon said. "I didn't want to have any regrets about rushing into a decision. I also want to see more schools in person and learn more about them."

Shannon is still very interested in Minnesota and according will "stay in touch with the Minnesota coaches and head coach PJ Fleck almost daily." Shannon also plans to visit Iowa this week and has plans to visit Indiana, Missouri and Arkansas sometime this summer.

Lyons Township three-star ranked quarterback Ben Bryant's (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) recruiting process has gone well after having Wisconsin pull his scholarship offer a few weeks ago.

"I've been able to add offers from Temple, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Western Michigan, West Virginia, Ole Miss, Georgia and also Colorado State," Bryant said. "Both North Carolina and Indiana have been showing a lot of interest lately."

Bryant will camp at North Carolina in June and also plans to visit Cincinnati, Western Michigan and West Virginia this summer.

Immaculate Conception junior to be outside linebacker Khali Saunders (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) added his first scholarship offer recently from the Iowa State Cyclones.

"I was very surprised (at adding his first offer from Iowa State)," Saunders said. "This is truly a blessing. I don't know much about Iowa State to be honest but I'll learn more about them soon."

Saunders also has been in contact with Iowa, Illinois State, Western Michigan and Northern Illinois this spring and plans to camp at Northwestern, Western Michigan and also the Lake Forest College satellite camp.

Oswego senior-to-be defensive back Josh Shodipo (6-foot-0, 185 pounds) has seen his recruiting stock take of towards the tail end of the just completed NCAA football spring evaluation period.

"My recruiting has been going well," according to Shodipo. "I have offers now from South Dakota State, Western Illinois and Indiana State and several other schools have been staying in touch like Iowa State, Western Michigan, Toledo, NIU, Miami of Ohio, Illinois State, Southern Illinois, and Wyoming. A lot of those schools want me to camp with them this summer."

Shodipo plans to camp this moth at the North Central College satellite camps (June 5th and June 7th) along with camping at NIU on June 14th.

96 Days to Kickoff: Jacobs

96 Days to Kickoff: Jacobs 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: Jacobs

Head coach: Bill Mitz

Assistant coaches: Bubba Smith, Mike Warren, Brian Zimmerman, JM Foote, Ryan Arndt and Bob Mackey

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (5-3 Fox Valley Conference). Jacobs made the Class 7A playoff field. The Golden Eagles lost to Lincoln-Way West in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 Hampshire 

Aug. 31 @ Huntley 

Sept. 7 Dundee-Crown 

Sept. 14 @ McHenry 

Sept. 21 Neuqua Valley 

Sept. 28 Prairie Ridge 

Oct. 5 @ Cary-Grove 

Oct. 12 Crystal Lake South 

Oct. 19 @ Crystal Lake Central

Biggest storyline: Can the Golden Eagles move up in the Fox Valley Conference pecking order in 2018?

Names to watch this season: OT Joacheim Price and OL Nick Zonta

Biggest holes to fill: The Golden Eagles will need to replace its entire starting linebacker group from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Year in and year out, Jacobs is always a factor in the rugged Fox Valley Conference (seven playoff appearances in the last eight years). The Golden Eagles return some starters in several key spots. If the underclassmen group can step up this summer, look for Jacobs to challenge for the FVC conference title and a higher seed in 7A come IHSA playoff time. 

97 Days to Kickoff: Back of the Yards

97 Days to Kickoff: Back of the Yards 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 @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Back of the Yards

Head coach: Sheamus Murphy

Assistant Coaches: Will Johnson, Marty McNamara, Tim McNamara and Nick Teich

How they fared in 2017: 8-2 (6-0 CPL Great Lakes Conference). Back of the Yards made the Class 5A state playoff field. They lost to Solorio in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Week 1: @ Kelly

Week 2: vs. Goode

Week 3: @ Brooks

Week 4: vs. Schurz

Week 5: vs. Kenwood

Week 6: vs. North Lawndale

Week 7: @ Steinmetz

Week 8: vs. Payton Prep

Week 9: @ Clark

Biggest storyline: The Bobcats were a true feel-good story last season. Can the Bobcats build on its momentum and success going into the 2018 campaign?

Names to watch this season: OL/Dl Kevin Pacheco, WR/DB Carl McNickles, OL Armando Resendiz

Biggest holes to fill: The Bobcats bring back several returning starters from last season; however, can they find a new signal caller to replace the graduation loss of 2017 standout QB Jeremiah Harris (McKendree College)? 

EDGY's Early Take: One of the top stories from the 2017 season was the rise of this young program. The Bobcats made the IHSA state playoff field in just their third season of varsity football. As for 2018? The expectations have risen for this South Side school. A move to the CPL Illini Prairie State conference ramps up the overall competition level. If the Bobcats can find a steady signal caller, they have solid chance at competing for a potential IHSA state playoff spot come October.