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Recruiting News and Notes: Erik Swenson still in search for school

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Recruiting News and Notes: Erik Swenson still in search for school

Downers Grove South senior four star ranked offensive tackle Erik Swenson (6-foot-5, 300 pounds) is still in search of a school to call home. Swenson, who suddenly decommitted from Michigan recently after the Wolverines told him to reopen his recruiting process a few weeks ago. Swenson could also very well extend his recruiting process beyond Signing Day on Feb. 3.

Swenson told Rivals.com's Midwest Recruiting Expert Josh Helmholdt, “As a recruit you are always told Signing Day is a big day. I’ve been talking to a lot of people and the coaches have said you don’t have to sign on the third. A few (spots) would close, I guess, but most would stay open."

Swenson has yet to set up an official visit this weekend and is considering several late offers and options including Virginia, Missouri, Rutgers, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Swenson last weekend made an unofficial visit to Wisconsin, however the Badgers are full and have no additional scholarships left to offer.

Chicago Phillips three star ranked defensive tackle Amir Watts (6-foot-3, 270 pounds) ended his recruiting process and gave Pitt his verbal commitment.

“I liked the Pitt coaches and everything about the school," Watts said. "I get along great with (head coach Pat) Narduzzi since he's a defensive coach. Coach (Tom) Sims and I sat down and compared all of the other schools to Pittsburgh and they just came out on top in every aspect.”

Watts' versatility on the defensive line and the chance to gain potentially early playing time at Pitt was another big factor in his decision.

“They (Pitt) want to use me in every way possible," he said. "I just have to come in, compete and show them what I’ve got."

Bolingbrook and head coach John Ivlow once again looks to have multiple D1 level recruits in the Class of 2017. The Raiders, who last fall had 37 players on college football rosters earlier this week had both junior defensive end Izayah Green-May (6-foot-6, 210 pounds) and junior wide receiver Kendall Smith (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) add verbal scholarship offers from Bowling Green.

"Bowling Green was in school earlier in the week but I just didn't expect an offer," Green-May said. "It's pretty exciting to get my first offer. I was hoping it would come sometime later in the year but now that it has happened it's pretty exciting."

So who will come away a winner on Signing Day when it comes to landing the best class from the Land of Lincoln? You'll be hard pressed to find anyone who will ink as much quality from this class than Michigan State. The Spartans and head coach Mark Dantonio will land four standouts on the defensive side of the football including two of the Midwest top defensive tackles. The Spartans landed early verbal commitment and will sign the state's top ranked recruit in Hinsdale South four star ranked defensive end Josh King (6-foot-6, 230 pounds) plus Evanston four star ranked defensive tackle Naquan Jones (6-foot-4, 286 pounds), four star ranked defensive tackle Mike Panasiuk (6-foot-4, 300 pounds) along with Fremd four star ranked safety Kenny Lyke (6-foot-2, 185 pounds). Also Hinsdale Central two star ranked offensive center Matt Allen (6-foot-3, 272 pounds) will also sign with the Spartans and will join his older brothers Jack Allen and Brian Allen in East Lansing next fall.

Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week Seven

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Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week Seven

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings after seven weeks of football.

1. Lincoln-Way East 7-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Lockport, 45-7
This Week: @ Sandburg
EDGY's Take: The Griffins continue to roll along. Will they face another serious challenges the remainder of the regular season?

2. Mount Carmel 7-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat De La Salle, 28-21
This Week: @ St. Viator
EDGY's Take: The last few wins for the Caravan haven't been pretty, but a win is a win. 

3. Nazareth Academy 6-1 (3)
Last Week: Beat Marist, 39-29
This Week: @ Notre Dame
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners bounced back from a 14-0 deficit to beat Marist on Friday night. When the J.J. McCarthy to Tyler Morris connection is on, look out.

4. Loyola Academy 5-2 (4)
Last Week: Beat Benet Academy, 46-14
This Week: @ Marian Central Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers offense has started to make some noise while the defense remains a big strength. 
 
5. Warren Township 7-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 24-3
This Week: @ Stevenson
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils hold Lake Zurich to a field goal while RB Derrick McLaughlin carries the load on offense for The Township.

6. Homewood-Flossmoor 6-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way West,  35-0
This Week: vs Bolingbrook
EDGY's Take: The Vikings offensive line, running game and speed on defense should play well in 8A this postseason.

7. Glenbard West 7-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Lyons, 42-0
This Week: vs Hinsdale Central
EDGY's Take: This Saturday's game against Hinsdale Central will be the most anticipated regular season game in quite a while on the shores of Lake Ellyn.

8. Notre Dame 7-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Leo, 40-8
This Week: vs Nazareth Academy
EDGY's Take: The Dons' defense has been a strength all season. They get their biggest test on Friday as the Roadrunners come calling.

9. Hinsdale Central 7-0 (10)
Last Week: Beat Proviso West, 49-6
This Week: @ Glenbard West
EDGY's Take: Can the Red Devils win on the road on Saturday at Glenbard West? 

10. Bolingbrook 6-1 (11)
Last Week: Beat Sandburg, 34-13
This Week: @ Homewood-Flossmoor
EDGY's Take: The Raiders' triple-option run game and athletic defense could combine to make some big moments this postseason.
 
11. Neuqua Valley 6-1 (12)
Last Week: Beat Metea Valley, 43-21
This Week: @ Naperville North
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats are now aiming to win out the remainder of the regular season. Can they earn a high seed in Class 8A?
  
12. Hersey 7-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Buffalo Grove, 42-14
This Week: vs Elk Grove
EDGY's Take: The Huskies will need to beat Elk Grove this week before locking in on a huge Week 9 showdown vs. Rolling Meadows.

13. Minooka 7-0 (14)
Last Week: Beat Yorkville, 19-10
This Week: vs West Aurora
EDGY's Take: The Indians' defense has been rock-solid all season long. They limited a tough Yorkville offense. 

14. Oswego 7-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Oswego East, 14-3
This Week: @ Yorkville
EDGY's Take: The Panthers keep their winning streak alive (15-0) over district rival Oswego East. 

15. Maine South 5-2 (16)
Last Week: Beat Glenbrook South, 40-10
This Week: vs Glenbrook North
EDGY's Take: The Hawks are getting healthy at the right time of the year. 

16. St. Charles East 6-1 (22)
Last Week: Beat Batavia, 30-29
This Week: vs Wheaton North
EDGY's Take: The Saints post back-to-back wins over St. Charles North and Batavia. Impressive. 

17. Batavia 5-2 (7)
Last Week: Lost to St. Charles East, 30-29
This Week: @ St. Charles North
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs now need to get back on track. Another DuKane rival looms in St. Charles North.

18. Hillcrest 6-1 (18)
Last Week: Beat Tinley Park, 41-0
This Week: @ Lemont
EDGY's Take: The Hawks will get a huge test on the road this Friday at Lemont.

19. Willowbrook 6-1 (19)
Last Week: Beat York, 35-21
This Week: @ Morton
EDGY's Take: The Warriors got off to a quick 14-0 lead against York and never looked back. 

20. Huntley 6-1 (20)
Last Week: Beat Hampshire, 56-0
This Week: vs Burlington Central
EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders are also rolling and are playing for a high seed in Class 8A.

21. Montini Catholic 5-2 (21)
Last Week: Beat St. Joseph, 2-0 (forfeit)
This Week: vs De La Salle
EDGY's Take: Will the forfeit win last week be a blessing for the Broncos?

22. Fremd 5-2 (25)
Last Week: Beat Barrington, 14-0
This Week: @ Conant
EDGY's Take: The Vikings' defense has been a strength all season; the run game pounded out enough yards in the win over Barrington.

23. Crete-Monee 7-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Thornwood, 44-12
This Week: vs Bloom 
EDGY's Take: The Warriors are also in line for a top seed in the postseason.

24. Andrew 6-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way Central, 33-21
This Week: vs Lockport
EDGY's Take: The T-Bolts enter the Top 25 aiming for a high seed in the postseason; however, they shouldn't overlook the Porters.

25. Cary-Grove 6-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Jacobs, 16-6
This Week: vs Prairie Ridge
EDGY's Take: The annual grudge match against rival Prairie Ridge should be a good one Friday night.

High School Lites Roundup Week 7

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High School Lites Roundup Week 7

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 7 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

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Eisenhower 19, Evergreen Park 18

Oswego 14, Oswego East 3

(14) Minooka 19, Yorkville 10

(22) St. Charles East 30, (7) Batavia 29

Phillips 52, Lane Tech 0 

Warren 24, Lake Zurich 3

(19) Willowbrook 35, York 21

Nazareth Academy 39, Marist 29

Rolling Meadows 35, Prospect 14

Sullivan 18, Kennedy 13

Whitney Young 15, Von Steuben 14