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Recruiting News and Notes: Jyran Mitchell commits to NIU

Recruiting News and Notes: Jyran Mitchell commits to NIU

Jyran Mitchell (ATH), Rich Central

Rich Central senior athlete Jyran Mitchell (6-foot-0, 190 pounds) decided to end his recruiting process on Tuesday night by giving Northern Illinois his verbal commitment.

"I decided to commit to NIU," Mitchell said. "I looked at all of my options and NIU just feels like the right fit so I called up the NIU coaches and gave them my commitment."

Mitchell, who was recruited by the Huskies as a wide receiver, discussed some of the factors that led to his decision.

"I really like the coaches at NIU," Mitchell said. "My wide receivers coach at NIU is Steve Crutchley who also coached my older brother in college and he's a great guy and a great coach as well. I just came away from NIU knowing that it's a strong family bond in the football program. I looked at my options and NIU just stood out from the rest of the schools."

Shaneal Greene (WR), Carmel

Carmel senior wide receiver Shaneal Greene (6-foot-3, 18-0 pounds) also made his college decision on Tuesday night when he announced that he'd given Indiana State his verbal commitment.

Greene will play for former Wyoming assistant coach and new Sycamores head coach Curt Mallory, who has been a long time recruiter in the Chicagoland area for schools such as Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.

Mario Wright II (ILB), Homewood-Flossmoor

Homewood-Flossmoor senior three-star inside linebacker Mario Wright II (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) released his Top 6 favorite schools list. His list includes Syracuse, Western Michigan, Wyoming, Western Kentucky, NIU and Miami (OH). Wright II has offers from all six schools.

Anthony Williams Jr. (RB), Simeon

One of the Class of 2019 names to watch this summer is Simeon running back Anthony Williams Jr. (5-foot-11, 187 pounds), who has posted a handful of very impressive college camp performances recently. Williams Jr. has early offers from NIU, Central Michigan, South Dakota State and Arkansas State.

"I camped so far at both NIU and Illinois," Williams Jr. said. "I ended up getting a scholarship offer from NIU after the camp. The Illinois coaches told me after the camp that they haven't offered anyone from the 2019 class just yet, but they really liked my camp and want me to call them weekly."

Williams Jr. is also preparing for a once in a lifetime two-week trip this summer.

"I'm going on a two-week trip to China on July 1," Williams Jr. said. "It's part of a program with the Urban League in Chicago. I'm one of 24 student selected to go on the trip from all different Chicago high schools. I had to interview and apply for it and it's going to be a trip of a lifetime. I'll be gone the first two weeks in July and fortunately I won't miss any of our football team camp. It's pretty exciting to get the opportunity to go to China."

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.