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Recruiting news and notes: New Trier defensive lineman gets offer from Vanderbilt

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Recruiting news and notes: New Trier defensive lineman gets offer from Vanderbilt

New Trier junior defensive linemen Duke Olges added a scholarship offer earlier this week from Vanderbilt, an offer Olges calls a game changer.

"The offer from Vanderbilt is a big offer for me in a lot of ways," he said. "It's an offer from the SEC, plus it's also an offer from a very strong academic school. I'm already starting to get a lot of new follows from coaches and more attention and interest. It was also very similar when Illinois offered me. Once Illinois offered, I ended up adding another dozen scholarship offers after that offer."

Olges, who will play baseball this spring for the Trevians' baseball team is hoping to visit Vanderbilt when he plays in Nashville during spring break.

St. Charles North junior defensive back Tyler Nubin has seen his recruiting stock take off this winter. Nubin, who this week added new offers from Michigan and Iowa, also holds early Big Ten offers from Illinois, Minnesota and Purdue. Nubin has started to draw more recruiting attention from a handful of SEC schools, including adding his first SEC offer from Kentucky.

St. Charles East sophomore offensive tackle Dylan Barrett got his first Big Ten offer from Illinois. Barrett has also seen his recruiting stock on the rise this winter.

"I've just talked to Northwestern over the phone and they are interested in me," Barrett said. "I got invited to the Northwestern spring game as well as to the Northwestern camp this summer. On March 10 I'm going to visit Illinois for a Junior Day. I'm also going to Miami (Ohio) on March 11. I'm also planning on attending NIU, Notre Dame, Purdue, Northwestern, Western Michigan, Toledo and I think a few more schools this spring for practices and spring games. Oklahoma also is coming this spring. They planned to see me back in January, but they came on a day we were out of school because of a snow day. Coaches from Penn State, Iowa, Kentucky are the latest to follow me. I was also invited recently to Notre Dame for a camp this summer."

Farmington junior lineman Jarod DePriest has added four recent scholarship offers and continues to draw more recruiting attention this winter. 

"I have four scholarship offers now," DePriest said. "I have offers now from Illinois State, Eastern Kentucky, South Dakota State and also SIU offered me late last week." 

DePriest, who played on both sides of the line for the Farmers in 2017, has been in touch with several other schools so far this winter.

"Besides the schools who have offered me, I've also been staying in touch with the coaches from Illinois, Iowa, Eastern Illinois and also Austin Peay. The schools just wanted to get to know me and to let me know they are recruiting me. Several of those coaches have said that they want me to come and visit them sometime soon."

68 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

68 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

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

School: Oswego East

Head coach: Tyson LeBlanc

Assistant coaches: Dan Dunbar, Andy Brogan, Jeremy Main, Erik Aister, Dru Filkins, Connor Downs, Zac Sadek, Reggie Cribbs and Mike Harden

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (7-2 Southwest Prairie Conference). Oswego East made the Class 8A state football playoff field. The Wolves lost to St. Charles East in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Plainfield East

Aug. 31 @ Joliet West

Sept. 7 vs Romeoville

Sept. 14 vs Joliet Central

Sept. 21 @ Plainfield South

Sept. 28 @ Plainfield North

Oct. 5 vs Oswego

Oct. 12 vs Plainfield Central

Oct. 19 vs Minooka

[MORE: 73 Days to Kickoff - Joliet Central]

Biggest storyline: Can the Wolves get out of the rugged Southwest Prairie conference and make a run in the IHSA state playoffs?

Names to watch this season: ATH Justin Clark and WR Kieon Battle

Biggest holes to fill: The Wolves will need to replace their entire starting defensive line from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Oswego East head coach Tyson LeBlanc is shooting to make the IHSA playoff field and the fourth straight year in 2018. He has a 36-24 record since coming over from Curie High School back in 2012. Oswego East will rely on a strong group of returning offensive skills led by D-1 recruit Justin Clark, who can --and will-- play multiple positions this season for the Wolves. 

69 Days to Kickoff: Lincoln-Way West

69 Days to Kickoff: Lincoln-Way West

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

School: Lincoln-Way West

Head coach: Dave Ernst

Assistant Coaches: Luke Lokanc, Larry Lokanc, Mike Villa, Eric DoornKaat, George Czart, Bob Lombardi, Sean Lucas, Rob Glielmi, Steve Bauer and Al McKellar

How they fared in 2017: 9-3 (6-1 Southwest Suburban Conference), Lincoln-Way West made the Class 7A state football playoff field. The Knights defeated Jacobs and Alton and then lost to Batavia in the quarterfinal round.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. Racine Case (Wisc.)

Aug. 31 @ Lincoln-Way Central

Sept. 7 vs. Bradley-Bourbonnais

Sept. 14 vs. Thornridge

Sept. 21 @ Homewood-Flossmoor

Sept. 28 @ Sandburg

Oct. 5 vs. Thornton Township

Oct. 12 @ Stagg

Oct. 19 @ Andrew

Biggest storyline: Can the Warriors get back to the 7A playoffs and make a deeper run this season?

Names to watch this season: OL Martin Bender and RB Caleb Marconi

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors welcome back 10 returning starters but just three are back on the defensive side of the football. In particular, they will need to replace their entire starting secondary from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Ernst has guided the Warriors to the IHSA playoffs in each the past six seasons. If West can reload a bit on the defensive side of the football they have a good chance of getting to the postseason again this fall. The good news is that the offense brings back four starting offensive linemen along with bruising RB Marconi. Look for the running game to pace the offense. It should be a big strength this fall.