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Recruiting news and notes: Hersey QB Owen Goldsberry adds to offer list

Recruiting news and notes: Hersey QB Owen Goldsberry adds to offer list

Glenbard North senior defensive back Josh Flowers (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) was simply one of the top overall performers at Monday night's North Central College satellite camp, which was co-hosted by Iowa State and several other schools. After the camp, Flowers secured his first scholarship offer from Illinois State who watched himat the camp on Monday. 

"It feels great," Flowers said. "I had thought that if I went and showed out at the camp that someone would take notice and hopefully one school would offer me."

Flowers, who is now the third Glenbard North starter in its secondary to receive a D1 level offer (Greg Newsome/Northwestern commit and Tyrik Henderson/Minnesota commit). Flowers plans to camp Wednesday night at the North Central College satellite camp and also at Western Michigan on Monday.

Lemont senior wide receiver Austin Nagel (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) was also highly impressive at Monday's satellite camp and added an offer from the Redbirds as well.

"It feels great to get my first offer from Illinois State," Nagel said. "I really had no idea they would offer me. They saw me in school a few times over the spring and seemed to like me but I really didn't hear much from them until tonight (Monday)."

Nagel, who is a cousin of former Lemont and Northwestern standouts Brett and Aaron Nagel and current Northwestern wide receiver Flynn Nagel is also planning to camp Wednesday night at the NCC satellite camp.

Hersey senior quarterback Owen Goldsberry (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) is coming off a very strong spring evaluation period that saw Goldsberry add several new scholarship offers. 

"I have seven offers now," Goldsberry said. "I have offers from SIU, WIU, Illinois State, South Dakota State, South Dakota, North Dakota and Indiana State. I've also been in touch with some bigger D1 schools and it's been a good spring for me."

Goldsberry is also drawing scholarship offers at various positions as well.

"Every school seems to have a different idea about me when it comes to a position. Some schools like Illinois State have offered me as a wide receiver. Others like me as a quarterback, outside linebacker and some also like me as a safety. I've always been pretty open to playing any position that helps my team so position isn't a big deal to be honest."

Palatine senior defensive end Bryant Smith  (6-foot-5, 215 pounds) also finished the spring evaluation period strong.

"Colorado State was my last offer a week or two ago," according to Smith. "I have offers now from Colorado State, Wyoming and Western Illinois."

Smith also plans to remains busy this early summer.

"I'm going to camp at North Central College satellite camps on June 6th and June 7th. I'm also planning to go to the Elmhurst College satellite camp along with the Northwestern Showcase camp, plus the NIU one day and also North Dakota State."

97 Days to Kickoff: Back of the Yards

97 Days to Kickoff: Back of the Yards

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 @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. 

98 Days to Kickoff: Eisenhower

98 Days to Kickoff: Eisenhower

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 @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Eisenhower

Head coach: Travis Moore

Assistant coaches: Vince Holmes, Justin Harris, Billy Viero, Mike Russell, Jeremey Rodrigues, Joe Groff and Terrance Streater

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (3-3 South Suburban Red Conference), Eisenhower made the Class 6A state playoff field. The Cardinals lost to Normal West in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. Rich South

Aug. 31 vs. Bishop McNamara

Sept 7 @ Reavis

Sept. 14 vs. Shepard

Sept. 21 @ Oak Forest

Sept. 28 @ Evergreen Park

Oct. 5 @ Oak Lawn

Oct. 12 vs. Argo

Oct. 19 vs. Richards

Biggest storyline: The new faces. The Cardinals graduated a whopping 21 starters from a season ago. Can head coach Travis Moore rely on his juniors to step up this fall?

Name to watch this season: WR Daylen Wilson

Biggest holes to fill: The Cardinals graduated 10 starters on offense and all 11 starters on defense from their playoff team last season. 

EDGY's Early Take: Coach Moore and his staff have done a great job in leading the Cardinals to the playoffs in two of the past three seasons. However, with just one returning starter back, this will undoubtedly be a young and inexperienced team this fall. They will need to find their A-game in a hurry against a front-loaded schedule.