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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.

IHSA Preps Football AP Poll: Week 6

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IHSA Preps Football AP Poll: Week 6

Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:

Class 8A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lincoln-Way East (8) 5-0 87 1
2. Homewood-Flossmoor 5-0 81 2
3. Maine South (1) 4-1 68 3
4. Oswego 5-0 60 4
5. Marist 4-1 56 5
6. Glenbard West 4-1 49 7
7. Evanston 4-1 20 6
8. Bolingbrook 4-1 19 10
9. Hinsdale Central 4-1 18 NR
10. Waubonsie Valley 5-0 10 NR

Others receiving votes:  Loyola 7, Oswego East 6, Stevenson 6, Naperville Central 4, St. Charles East 2, Barrington 1, Neuqua Valley 1

Class 7A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Batavia (2) 5-0 90 1
2. Nazareth (3) 5-0 88 2
3. Brother Rice (1) 5-0 78 3
4. East St. Louis (4) 4-1 75 4
5. Mt. Carmel 4-1 61 5
6. Simeon 5-0 50 6
7. Hononegah 5-0 35 7
8. Belleville West 5-0 27 8
9. Normal Community 4-1 25 9
10. Lincoln-Way West 3-2 6 10

Others receiving votes: Lake Zurich 5, St. Charles North 4, Moline 3, Hersey 1, Hoffman Estates 1, Wheaton Warrenville South 1

Class 6A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Cary Grove (6)  5-0 104 1
2. Oak Lawn Richards (4) 5-0 102 2
3. Willowbrook 5-0 76 4
4. Prairie Ridge 4-1 73 3
5. Phillips 3-2 55 6
6. Chatham Glenwood 5-0 52 8
7. Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield) 4-1 44 9
8. Providence 4-1 30 7
9. Niles Notre Dame 4-1 23 NR
10. (tie) Normal West & DeKalb 4-1/4-1 23/23 10/5


Others receiving votes: None

Class 5A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Washington (10) 5-0 109 1
2. Montini (1) 5-0 97 2
3. Sterling 5-0 79 T-4
4. (tie) Highland 5-0 77 3
4. (tie) Hillcrest 5-0 75 T-4
6. Antioch 5-0 53 7
7. Metamora 5-0 27 NR
8. Decatur MacArthur 4-1 23 NR
9. (tie) Joliet Catholic 3-2 14 8
9. (tie) Kaneland 4-1 14

NR

Others receiving votes: Sycamore 10, Dunlap 10, Peoria Central 8, MAscoutah 4, Carbondale 2, St. Francis 1, Payton 1, Marian Central Catholic 1


Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. IC Catholic (10 5-0 138 2
2. Rochester (2) 4-1 104 1
3. Taylorville 5-0 102 3
4. Columbia 5-0 96 4
5. Rockford Boylan 4-1 86 5
6. (tie) Coal City 4-1 46 7
6. (tie) Breese Mater Dei 5-0 46 10
8. Morris 3-2 32 8
9. Richmond-Burton 4-1 28 6
10. Cahokia 4-1 27 NR

Others receiving votes: Pontiac 24, Herrin 19, Johnsburg 10, Rochelle 7, Raby 4, Fairbury Prairie Central 1
 

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Byron (13) 5-0 130 1
2. Carlinville 5-0 96 3
3. Monticello 5-0 89 4
4. Farmington 5-0 88 2
5. Bishop McNamara 4-1 82 5
6. Williamsville 4-1 71 6
7. Beardstown 5-0 49 8
8. Vandalia 5-0 44 7
9. DuQuoin 5-0 33 10
10. Elmwood-Brimfield 5-0 15 NR

Others receiving votes: Lisle 7, North Boone 2, Hall 2, Paris, Pleasant Plains 2, Rock Island Alleman 2, Fairfield 1

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Maroa-Forsyth (10) 5-0 127 1
2. Orion (3) 5-0 117 2
3. Sterling Newman 4-1 99 3
4. Decatur St. Teresa 5-0 93 4
5. Eastland-Pearl City 5-0 73 6
6. Illini West (Carthage) 5-0 71 5
7. Chicago Hope Academy 4-1 48 7
8. Bismarck-Henning 5-0 31 9
9. Pana 3-2 21 NR
10. Mercer County 3-2 9 NR

Others receiving votes: Nashville 7, Rockridge 4, Eldorado 3, Marshall 3


Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (12) 5-0 127 2
2. Lena-Winslow (1) 4-1 107 1
3. Ottawa Marquette 5-0 95 4
4. Tuscola 4-1 83 5
5. Princeville 5-0 75 6
6. Camp Point Central 4-1 65 3
7. Argenta-Oreana 5-0 48 8
8. Aurora Christian 4-1 32 7
9. Milledgeville 5-0 27 10
10. Concord (Triopia) 4-1 20 NR

Others receiving votes: Madison 12, Sesser-Valier 7, Athens 6, Sidell (Jamaica)-Salt Fork 4, Carrollton 3, Fisher 2, Forreston 2

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

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VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

Who wants it more?

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area football fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. — just after Chicago Cubs and White Sox baseball. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday. This week, we are spotlighting 2A, 3A and 4A teams in Chicagoland. We'll send our cameras to one of the following:

Herscher at Wilmington, 7:00 p.m.

Reed-Custer vs. Lisle at Benedictine University, 7:00 p.m.

St. Edward at Chicago Christian, 7:15 p.m.

— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word! 

We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.