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Recruiting News and Notes: Marist's TJ Ivy inching closer to college decision

Recruiting News and Notes: Marist's TJ Ivy inching closer to college decision

JJ McCarthy (QB), Nazareth Academy

Nazareth Academy quarterback JJ McCarthy added his first scholarship offer late last week from the Iowa State Cyclones after putting on an impressive showing at the North Central College satellite camp which had the entire Cyclones staff in attendance. While landing a scholarship after a college camp is common, it's not very common when an incoming high school freshman adds an offer.

McCarthy (5-foot-11, 150 pounds) whose 8th grade Hudl highlight video is approaching 3,400 views was, in all honesty, one of the top overall quarterbacks I observed at the NCC satellite camp. McCarthy has also been impressive on the 7-on-7 circuit this offseason for Midwest Boom. McCarthy, despite his abilities and potential, has yet to step on a high school football field. Drawing such an early offer from the Iowa State is proof positive that the recruiting process is drawing attention, and eventual offers at an alarmingly earlier and earlier rate.

TJ Ivy (TE), Marist

Marist three-star ranked senior tight end TJ Ivy (6-foot-5, 220 pounds) is down to his Top 4 schools and seems to be getting closer to making a college decision.

"I'm still down to my Top 4 schools (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and West Virginia," Ivy said. "I'm planning to get out to make some campus visits next month and then I'll make my college decision."

Ivy has made several visits to Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, but has yet to see West Virginia.

"I've never been to West Virginia," Ivy said. "I'm looking forward to visiting them in person next month. I just want to see how I fit in with West Virginia, see the campus and the surrounding area and just get a better feel for them."

[RELATED: Hoffman Estates linebacker pledges to Purdue]

Phil Saleh (OL), OPRF

Oak Park-River Forest senior offensive linemen Phil Saleh (6-foot-4, 260 pounds) is a two-sport athlete (football/basketball) whose football recruiting stock has climbed this summer.

"I have offers now from Ball State, Indiana State, Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois and Fordham," Selah said. "I went to the Northwestern camp and I'm not sure where else I will camp this summer. I'm juggling both my team football camp and basketball camp. NIU has been pushing me pretty hard to come and camp with them this summer so I might end up at NIU for a camp."

Noah Shannon (DT), Oswego

Oswego senior three-star ranked defensive tackle Noah Shannon (6-foot-2, 290 pounds) has been busy since decommitting from Minnesota last month. Shannon camped with the Gophers at the North Central College satellite camp last week which featured several Minnesota coaches, including head coach PJ Fleck. Shannon also has more camps and visits planned.

"I'm heading out to NIU on Wednesday for a camp that will have Penn State, Arkansas and other schools," Shannon said. "I'm pretty sure I'm done with camps after NIU. I also want to get out to visit Indiana, Missouri and Arkansas later this summer."

Monday's Edgy Tim Showcase powered by EFT Football Top Performers

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Monday's Edgy Tim Showcase powered by EFT Football Top Performers

Several of the state's top underclassmen names took part in Monday's Underclassmen Showcase powered by EFT Football at the Max Exposition Center in McCook. Here are some of the top overall performers including several new names who emerged. 

The biggest story lines from this annual event? 

East St. Louis sent several key underclassmen naked from it's 2019 Class 6A state title team and look for the Flyers to again have one of the state's most talented rosters for the 2020 season with talent at literally every position. 

The Class of 2022 is stacked. While several Class of 2021 names stole the headlines, the overall talent level (especially in the PM session that features the skill position group) and depth of talent at this event was found in the Class of 2022. 

Below are several names who made a strong impression at Monday's events. 

Top Performers

East St Louis junior QB Tyler Macon- Macon, who led the Flyers to the Class 6A state title took part in this Monday showcase camp after spending the weekend taking part in the Next Level camp in Los Angeles. Macon on Monday was able to again show impressive touch and arm strength and Macon has all the tools to again be considered one of the top overall signal callers in the State of Illinois. 

Bolingbrook junior LB Tyler McLaurin- McLaurin, who is already holding early scholarship offers from Illinois, Iowa, Cincinnati, Purdue, Indiana and Nebraska was impressive on Monday at this showcase event. McLaurin, who has added more weight and muscle so far this off season runs well, has terrific coverage skills and is a very high level athlete and a name that will continue to add several more scholarship offers this winter and spring. 

St. Viator junior DT Jeremiah Pittman- Pittman, who has been a team captain for the Lions since his sophomore season had an impressive showing on Monday. Pittman, who plays on both sides of the football for St. Viator worked out at defensive tackle and had an impressive mix of speed and power along with a bevy of pass rush moves. Pittman also has the frame and length to add additional power and strength for the college level. 

East St. Louis sophomore DB Ahmad Robinson- Robinson was all over the field on Monday and made it his mission to seek out the top receivers at the showcase and Robinson was able to hang with and defend the camp's top receivers. Robinson, who played last season at Cardinal Ritter has since transferred into East St. Louis and will provide the Flyers a top level defender who can make an immediate impact. 

East St. Louis junior WR Dominic Lovett- Lovett spent all of the 2019 junior season just running past defenders and leading the Flyers receiver core to a state title and his performance at this event was very similar. Lovett has exceptional speed and great hands and just seems to find a way to separate exceptionally well from the opposing defender. 

East St. Louis freshman OT Myles McVay- McVay, who last year made a name for himself as one of the top overall performers at this event as an 8th grader ended up being a full time starter for the Class 6A state champion Flyers. McVay was one of three standout East St. Louis freshman offensive linemen at this event (including Paris Patterson (6-foot-3, 320 pounds) and Zach Taylor (6-foot-1, 310 pounds) and all three linemen made a serious impact and impression here. 

Others who made a strong impression

East St. Louis junior WR Keontez Lewis 

St. Rita sophomore OT Valin Erickson

Phillips junior DB Willie Jones 

Rich Central sophomore DE Derrick Parker

Kenwood junior WR Dante Reynolds

Kenwood junior DB Myles Mooyoung

Marian Catholic junior WR Justin Stallworth

Thornwood sophomore DB Saveon Brown 

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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NBC Sports Chicago and Wintrust present our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of passionate high school basketball followers. 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 11:00 p.m. The show also live streams at and appears in the MyTeams app.  High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago. 

We're going with a "Chicago skyline" edition of the Viewers' Choice Game of the Week-- games that are within sight of the greatest landmarks in the country. Austin is leading the Chicago Public League Blue-West division. University High, who nearly knocked off Simeon this season, battles Public League Red-West/North newcomer Payton. They battle Prosser. And Hope Academy leads the Chicago Prep conference. They figure to get a challenge from Walther Christian. Which game should we cover?

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University High at Payton, 6:30 p.m.

Walther Christian at Hope Academy, 7:30 p.m.

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