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Recruiting news and notes: More offers on the way for Jones?


Recruiting news and notes: More offers on the way for Jones?

Mount Carmel junior quarterback Anthony Thompson (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) added his first scholarship offer on Monday night from Northern Illinois. Thompson, who NIU watched in person throw at a Caravan morning workout, spoke about landing his first offer from the Huskies.

"It's pretty exciting," he said. "I've been a fan of NIU since my freshman year when Jordan Lynch, who went to my school was playing for them. I like how NIU uses its quarterback in the offense. The quarterback is asked to do a lot with both the pass and the run along with making a ton of quick reads. I've been to NIU a few times already and I really feel comfortable with the coaches and the school."

Bishop McNamara junior running back Jonathon Ward (6-foot-1, 175 pounds) landed an early scholarship offer and verbally pledged to the Central Michigan Chippewas last Friday. Ward, who rushed for 1,710 yards and 28 touchdowns last fall, had recruiting interest from the likes of Buffalo, Illinois, Illinois State, Iowa, Michigan State, North Dakota, North Dakota State and Purdue.

Evanston junior four-star ranked defensive tackle Naquan Jones (6-foot-4, 286 pounds) has 17 scholarship offers so far this spring and a few more could be on the way.

"I've been speaking a lot with Miami (Fla.) and also Ole Miss," Jones said. "They both are pretty interested and those could both turn into offers soon."

Jones, who is planning to visit Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin soon, is still trying to sort out his list of early favorites.

"I still don't have a list of favorites," he said. "I'm still trying to just sort all of this recruiting out and I'm also trying to decide when to make a decision."

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Lake Park junior three star ranked defensive tackle Mike Panasiuk (6-foot-4, 285 pounds) is also in high demand this spring. Panasiuk, who checked out the Ohio State spring game last Saturday and added his latest offer from the Wisconsin Badgers, isn't in a hurry to make an early college choice for now.

"It seems like several coaches are planning to visit me this spring," Panasiuk said. "Also several schools seem more and more interested that haven't offered me yet. Schools like Oregon, North Carolina and Michigan State all plan to visit me in school and they all want me to stay in touch. A lot of the feedback is positive and I want to make sure some of those schools have a chance to evaluate me. I have some schools in mind as far as favorites but I don't have a set list yet. I'm getting a better idea of some favorites but new offers could change all of that, so we'll see how the spring goes for me."

Naperville Central junior three star ranked wide receiver Emmanuel Rugamba (6-foot-1, 175 pounds) has already begun to draw a crowd of college coaches since the spring recruiting evaluation period began.

"The coaches from Northwestern have been in school along with Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Western Michigan and NIU so far this week. I know that UConn is planning to be in school on Wednesday and Boston College is also supposed to be here soon."

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Rugamba, who visited Indiana for the third time last Saturday, also doesn't seem to be in any rush for now to make an early college choice.

"I might camp at a few schools this summer who haven't offered me a scholarship yet. I'm considering camping at Missouri and Vanderbilt and I'm also set to go to the Irish Invasion camp with Notre Dame. I really don't have any time frame. Once I find a school I'm 100 percent comfortable with then I'll commit. It could be in two weeks or two months or even longer. I'm not in any rush for now."

Two local Division III football programs will host one-day camps this summer, and those camps will also feature a few big time college football coaches. Lake Forest College and head coach Jim Cantazaro will host its one day camp at Willowbrook High School on June 13th and Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and some of his staff will be working this camp. More details on the Lake Forest College camp can be found here, along with online registration information.

Also North Central College head coach Jeff Thorne and staff will host it's football camp on June 15 and the camp will also be instructed by Penn State head coach James Franklin and staff along with coaches from Bowling Green and Illinois State. Details can be found at here, under athletic camps.

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

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

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings after four weeks of play.

1. Lincoln-Way East 4-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Bolingbrook, 20-10
This Week: vs Homewood-Flossmoor
EDGY's Take: East held Bolingbrook to 83 yards of total offense. The Griffins get another tough test this week as they host H-F.

2. Mount Carmel 4-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Loyola, 17-14
This Week: @ Marmion Academy
EDGY's Take: Mount Carmel has several key names to watch this season, yet no one is as valuable as senior OL/DL Jalen Grant.

3. Nazareth Academy 3-1 (3)
Last Week: Beat St. Laurence, 56-28
This Week: vs Leo
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners offense is clicking. J.J. McCarthy went 22-33 for 308 yards and 5 TDs in the win.
4. Homewood-Flossmoor 4-0 (4)
Last Week: Beat Lockport, 40-0
This Week: @ Lincoln-Way East
EDGY's Take: The Vikings will need to find a way to put the clamps on a very strong Lincoln-Way East ground game this Friday.

5. Loyola Academy 2-2 (2)
Last Week: Lost to Mount Carmel, 17-14
This Week: @ St. Ignatius
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers are still trying to sort out some issues-- especially on the offensive side of the football. But despite the record, do NOT overlook this team.

6. Warren Township 4-0 (6)
Last Week: Beat Libertyville, 34-0
This Week: vs Lake Forest
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils defense has posted back-to-back shutout wins and has allowed just 12 points so far on the season.

7. Batavia 3-1 (5)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 24-21
This Week: @ Wheaton South
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs blocked a potential game-tying field goal to hang on for the win over Glenbard North.
8. Glenbard West 4-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Addison Trail, 49-0
This Week: vs York
EDGY's Take: The Hitters ground attack continues to chew up yards. Does a bigger test loom in York this week?

9. Notre Dame 4-0 (25)
Last Week: Beat Providence Catholic, 28-7
This Week: vs St. Patrick
EDGY's Take: The Dons are getting a big season from QB Anthony Sayles and RB Julian Schurr. 

10. Hinsdale Central 4-0 (12)
Last Week: Beat Oak Park-River Forest, 22-15
This Week: vs Downers Grove North
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils defense has also been strong all season. They will look to retain the Old Oaken Bucket this Friday.

11. Phillips 4-0 (11)
Last Week: Beat Raby, 54-0
This Week: @ Morgan Park
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats led 40-0 at half and never looked back. They will now take on an up-and-coming Morgan Park Mustangs squad.
12. Bolingbrook 3-1 (9)
Last Week: Lost to Lincoln-Way East, 20-10
This Week: @ Bradley-Bourbonnais
EDGY's Take: The Raiders just couldn't get the ground game in gear Friday against the Griffins.
13. Providence Catholic 3-1 (10)
Last Week: Lost to Notre Dame, 28-7
This Week: vs Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Celtics outgained Notre Dame in last Friday's 28-7 loss but the turnovers need to be cleaned up. 

14. Brother Rice 3-1 (13)
Last Week: Beat Marist, 17-14
This Week: @ Joliet Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders get bragging rights for the year after beating Marist in the annual South Side Super Bowl. 

15. Hersey 4-0 (14)
Last Week: Beat Glenbrook North, 42-24
This Week: @ Wheeling
EDGY's Take: The Huskies got out of the gates slow and trailed Glenbrook North 14-0 early, but then the offense woke up and rolled to the win.
16. Minooka 4-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Joliet Central, 47-0
This Week: @ Oswego East
EDGY's Take: The Indians will get a much needed test this week on the road at Oswego East (4-0). 

17. Montini Catholic 3-1 (16)
Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 45-35
This Week: vs St. Viator
EDGY's Take: The Broncos also needed to come from behind to secure a win. 508 total yards for QB Deontay Bell.

18. Oswego 4-0 (17)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield East, 37-6
This Week: vs Plainfield North
EDGY's Take: The Panthers also get a big Southwest Prairie test this Friday in hosting an undefeated Plainfield North squad.

19. St. Charles North 3-1 (18)
Last Week: Beat Geneva, 31-6
This Week: @ Lake Park
EDGY's Take: The North Stars get that quick start they've been longing for as they beat Geneva. 

20. Neuqua Valley 3-1 (19)
Last Week: Beat DeKalb, 34-30
This Week: @ Waubonsie Valley
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats needed to rally from behind to escape with a win over DeKalb.

21. Barrington 3-1 (20)
Last Week: Beat Glenbrook South, 41-15
This Week: @ Palatine
EDGY's Take: Senior WR EJ Darlington set the tone. He ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown in the Broncos win over the Titans.

22. Maine South 2-2 (21)
Last Week: Beat Palatine, 35-27
This Week: @ Niles West
EDGY's Take: Junior QB Luke Leongas is back from an early season injury. Now, the Hawks will look to maintain their stranglehold on the Central Suburban South.

23. Hillcrest 3-1 (22)
Last Week: Beat Bremen, 36-13
This Week: @ Oak Forest
EDGY's Take: The Hawks have one of the top underclassmen running backs in Mar'kiese Irving but also keep an eye on junior QB Robert Myles.
24. Willowbrook 3-1 (24)
Last Week: Beat Leyden, 42-7
This Week: @ Addison Trail
EDGY's Take: The Warriors are rolling. Now they look forward to taking on Addison Trail this Friday.

25. Huntley 3-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Cary-Grove, 21-14
This Week: vs Crystal Lake South
EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders made school history in beating Cary-Grove in Cary last Friday for the first time in school history. 

Edgy Tim's Week 4 analysis and picks

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Edgy Tim's Week 4 analysis and picks

NBC Sports Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 4 edition of High School Lites, Friday at 11:00 p.m. Can Yorkville beat Joliet West and stay undefeated in the Southwest Prairie West conference? Southwest Suburban conference rivals Lincoln-Way East and Bolingbrook square off in another big matchup of top 10 teams. The last time IC Catholic Prep and Bishop McNamara squared off it was at the Class 4A state title game. Will this rematch serve as a preview for the 4A title game this November? This week we #SENDEDGY to cover Loyola playing at Mount Carmel. Can the Caravan remain undefeated at their new on campus facility, Carey Field? Also: Who do you have in this week's Viewers' Choice Game? CPL Illini Prairie State foes Payton and Clark do battle on the West Side.

Yorkville at Joliet West, 6:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Yorkville (3-0) is off to a strong start behind the arm of QB Josh Beetham. The senior has a great target in fellow upperclassman WR/S Cale Reeder (South Dakota) and a deep group of running backs. Don't overlook the Foxes' defense. The unit has allowed just 10 points in three games. Joliet West, coached by Bill Lech, stands at 0-3. That said, the Tigers have played the hardest Southwest Prairie crossover schedule so far in losses to Oswego, Minooka and Oswego East-- all undefeated. West will look to get the ground game going behind a big offensive line along and a running game led by junior RB Trenten Howland. Can the Tigers get the running game going this week? Can they find a way to derail the Yorkville offense?

EDGY's Pick: Yorkville 26 Joliet West 16

Schaumburg at Deerfield, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Schaumburg (2-1) has bounced back with two straight wins after a close 16-13 loss in the opening week to York. Coach Mark Stilling has a potent offense this fall, led by QB Luke Jessie and junior RB Mike DeGiola. Deerfield (2-1), with veteran head coach Steve Winiecki, is off to a strong start. They're coming off a 31-24 double-overtime loss to Rolling Meadows. The Warriors will rely on the arm of QB Ryan Nagelbach. RB/DE Colin Ward has been an impact player on both sides of the football. Can Deerfield limit the Saxons' big play abilities? Can Schaumburg get the job done on the road?

EDGY's Pick: Schaumburg 31 Deerfield 30 OT

(1) Lincoln-Way East at (9) Bolingbrook, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Top-ranked Lincoln-Way East (3-0) is off and running. The Griffins boast another deep, talented roster. Senior QB Kyle Quinn runs the LWE offensive, a group that's stacked with skills and speed. They're highlighted by senior four star-ranked WR/RB AJ Henning (Michigan). They have a stable of quality running backs and an experienced offensive line. On defense, they have playmakers in senior DE Sean McLaughlin (Northwestern) and senior DE Adrain Wilson (Bowling Green). Bolingbrook (3-0) and head coach John Ivlow has the Raiders playing well. The Raiders will establish the run game with senior QB Devyn Suggs (Yale), with senior OL John Williams (Cincinnati) out in front. Don't overlook senior WR Antonio King plus and TE Trevor Borland (Buffalo). The 'Brook defense also hsa speed and playmakers. Junior S Justin Walters is already drawing major Power Five scholarship offers and recruiting attention. Can the East defense take away the Raiders running game? Can the Bolingbrook defense limit the big plays? Could the kicking game/special teams be a big factor here?

EDGY's Pick: Lincoln Way East 28 Bolingbrook 21

IC Catholic Prep at Bishop McNamara, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Defending Class 4A state champion IC Catholic Prep, coached by Bill Krefft, has a certain familiarity with Metro Suburban Blue foe Bishop Mac. The Knights have relied on a one-two punch of senior QB Danny Cronin's running and passing abilities. Junior Kyle Franklin remains one of the top running backs in Chicagoland. Bishop McNamara and Hall of Fame head coach Rich Zinnani also boasts a one-two punch on offense with QB Ty Hiller along with RB/LB Owen Jackson. RB Manny Harris is another name to watch for the Fighting Irish. Last possession wins?
EDGY's Pick: IC Catholic Prep 35 Bishop McNamara 34

Raby at Phillips, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Raby is coming off a 35-2 loss to Solorio last week. Head coach DeAngelo DeReef and the Raiders will need to be able to get the offense going against CPL powerhouse Phillips at Mandrake Park Friday night. Phillips head coach Troy McAllister is looking to get another strong performance this season from his Wildcats. QB Terryon Thrower has been a key playmaker through the first three games. They feature a deep backfield that includes senior RB Rashaun Thompson and RB Tyler Clark. Senior ATH Ronald Pledger (Western Michigan) is another impact player with big play potential. 

EDGY's Pick: Phillips 46 Raby 6

(25) Notre Dame at (10) Providence, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Notre Dame made a big statement last week in beating Marist 21-14. The Dons, with Hall of Fame head coach Mike Hennessey, utilized a strong defensive effort along with steady play from junior QB Anthony Sayles and senior RB Julian Schurr in the victory. Providence Catholic also pulled off an impressive 34-22 road win over Brother Rice last Friday. Junior QB Kevin Conway ran for three touchdowns and passed for. The Celtics also limited the Crusaders offense and made key stops when they were needed. Can the Notre Dame defense slow down a balanced Providence offense-- and also defend the very large Celtics receiving group? Can Providence get the football back from the Dons' ball control offense? 

EDGY's Pick: Providence Catholic 21 Notre Dame 13

(2) Loyola at (7) Mount Carmel, 7:30 p.m. #SENDEDGY 

EDGY's Take: Loyola was able to pull away last Saturday in beating St. Rita 24-7. The Ramblers offense got a big game from RB Vaughn Pemberton. Coach John Holocek's defense forced a handful of key turnovers in the win. Mount Carmel is coming off a solid 27-20 win over Montini. Junior QB Justin Lynch continues to impress this season running the Caravan's offense. Junior RB/LB Kenenna Odeluga and senior OL/DL Jalen Grant are names to watch for the guys in brown and white. Can the Loyola offense get on track early and often? Can Mount Carmel's spread offense dent the always tough Loyola defense? Should be a good one on the South Side.

EDGY's Pick: Loyola 27 Mount Carmel 21

Marist at (13) Brother Rice, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Forget the fact that both teams are coming off tough Week 3 losses. Nothing gets the blood boiling more on either sideline than the annual South Side Super Bowl when Marist takes on Brother Rice in the Battle of Pulaski Road. Marist (2-1) and head coach Ron Dawczak will utilize the Redhawks' dual quarterback system with senior Hayden Mikesell and sophomore QB Dontrell Jackson Jr. Senior WR AJ Markett should make play and junior OL Pat Coogan anchors the line. Brother Rice (2-1) has a big time game breaker in junior RB Willie Shaw. The Crusaders have struggled to get the play-action passing game in gear. The Rice defense has been a strength. Senior DT Justin Jefferson, senior S Giacomo Iraci and junior ILB Myles Jones will make the tackle sheet often. Can Brother Rice get its passing game in gear? Can the Marist offense kick things into a higher gear?

EDGY's Pick: Brother Rice 21 Marist 20

Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Payton vs Clark at Rockne Stadium, Thursday 4:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Clark head coach Kevin Simmons has the Eagles (2-1) playing well so far this season. Their only loss came in Week 2 to suburban St. Viator. Payton (3-0) is also rolling. The Grizzles have a deep and experienced roster, led by senior QB Sage Schlinder along with RB/DB Damien Goodman. Can Clark's defense slow down an explosive Payton offense? A win here is big for either side. It's shaping up to be a four team race (Back of the Yards and Kenwood are the others) in the CPL Illini Prairie State conference this season.  

EDGY's Pick: Payton 35 Clark 27