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Recruiting news and notes: Phillips' Joseph Thompson commits to Iowa State

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Recruiting news and notes: Phillips' Joseph Thompson commits to Iowa State

Phillips junior three-star ranked defensive back Joseph Thompson (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) decided to give Iowa State his early verbal commitment after making a recent on campus visit to Ames, Iowa.

"I know that Iowa State is where I want to be so I committed," according to Thompson. "I just didn't want to wait and waste my time and other coaches time so I decided to commit. I'm planning to also enroll early at Iowa State."

Thompson chose Iowa State after considering offers from the likes of Illinois, NIU, Western Michigan and Southern Miss.

Nazareth Academy freshman quarterback JJ McCarthy (6-foot-0, 174 pounds) who added his first FBS scholarship offer last summer when Iowa State extended a verbal scholarship offer made a second on campus visit recently to Iowa State and filled us in on his impressions.

"It was really good (at Iowa State)," McCarthy said. "I got to meet new QB coach (Joel Gordon) and he's awesome. Iowa State's coaching staff really stands out to me along with the overall family environment. Everyone knows everyone at Iowa State and everyone gets along. I love the way they communicate with the team and players. They also do one heck of a job recruiting."

So what has McCarthy been focusing in on this offseason?

"I've been focusing on developing the relationships with my teammates so they know I'm willing to run through a wall for them," he said. "I'm also focusing on getting bigger and stronger and working out five days a week. I'm up to 174 pounds now so it's been working. I've also been working in the film room, developing my mind as a quarterback for varsity football."

Crystal Lake South four-star ranked offensive tackle recruit Trevor Keegan (6-foot-6, 315 pounds) has been more focused on his baseball season so far this spring but Keegan is still paying attention to his football recruiting as well.

"I'm going to visit Notre Dame today (Thursday)," Keegan said. "I think this is the fourth or fifth time I've visited Notre Dame now. I've also been getting some new contact lately from both USC and UCLA."

Keegan, who has offers from multiple Power 5 programs from across the country this spring is also hoping to narrow down his list of favorite schools sometime soon.

"I don't have any top schools list yet," he said. "I'm gonna try to put together a Top 15 schools list sometime soon."

Oak Lawn Richards junior three-star ranked safety Sebastian Castro (6-foot-1, 198 pounds) has been looking harder at his offers and options while making spring campus visits.

"I'm definitely getting a bit more serious with everything," Castro said. "I'm starting to break things down and look harder at the academic side along with the football side on my visits."

Castro, who made a recent return visit to Iowa came away impressed with the Hawkeyes. 

"I made a visit a few weeks ago to Iowa," he said. "I liked it a lot and I've been to Iowa three times so I pretty much know what to expect when I visit them. Iowa is just impressing me more and more. I can just see myself fitting into the culture."

Castro is also schedule to make a third visit to Minnesota this Saturday and hopes to get out to visit Iowa State later this spring.

IHSA Preps Football AP Poll: Week 5

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IHSA Preps Football AP Poll: Week 5

Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:

Class 8A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lincoln-Way East (9) 4-0 90 1
2. Homewood-Flossmoor 4-0 77 2
3. Maine South 3-1 60 3
4. Oswego 4-0 54 7
5. Marist 3-1 46 8
6. Evanston 4-0 54 7
7. Glenbard West 3-1 32 9
8. Barrington 3-1 31 5
9. Stevenson 4-0 19 NR
10. Bolingbrook 3-1 17 6

Others receiving votes:  Hinsdale Central 14, Loyola 10, Huntley 2, Neuqua Valley 1, Oswego East 1, Waubonsie Valley 1.

Class 7A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Batavia (3) 4-0 82 1
2. Nazareth (2) 4-0 79 2
3. Brother Rice (1) 4-0 69 4
4. East St. Louis (3) 3-1 68 3
5. Mt. Carmel 3-1 56 5
6. Simeon 4-0 42 7
7. Hononegah 4-0 37 10
8. Belleville West 4-0 18 NR
9. Normal Community 3-1 15 6
10. Lincoln-Way West 3-1 7 NR

Others receiving votes: Wheaton Warrenville South 6, Benet 6, Machesney Park Harlem 5, Rolling Meadows 3, Moline 1, Lake Zurich 1. 

Class 6A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Cary Grove (7)  4-0 97 1
2. Oak Lawn Richards (3) 4-0 93 2
3. Prairie Ridge 3-1 76 3
4. Willowbrook 4-0 68 4
5. DeKalb 4-0 51 6
6. Phillips 2-2 47 5
7. Providence 4-0 34 7
8. Chatham Glenwood 4-0 31 8
9. Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield) 3-1 24 9
10. Normal West  3-1 20 10


Others receiving votes: Niles Notre Dame 6, Yorkville 2, Quincy 1

Class 5A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Washington (11) 4-0 110 1
2. Montini  4-0 97 3
3. Highland 4-0 78 T-4
4. (tie) Hillcrest 4-0 72 T-4
4. (tie) Sterling 4-0 72 6
6. Dunlap 3-1 51 2
7. Antioch 4-0 47 7
8. Joliet Catholic 3-1 27 8
9. Peoria Central 3-1 22 9
10. Carbondale 4-0 15

NR

Others receiving votes: Decatur MacArthur 6, Mascoutah 3, St. Francis 3, Metamora 1, Sycamore 1.


Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Rochester (10) 4-0 118 1
2. IC Catholic (2) 4-0 110 2
3. Taylorville 4-0 86 5
4. Columbia 4-0 74 6
5. Rockford Boylan 3-1 68 3
6. Richmond-Burton 4-0 53 7
7. Coal City  3-1 45 8
8. Morris 2-2 31 4
9. Herrin 3-1 29 10
10. Breese Mater Dei 4-0 22 NR

Others receiving votes: Cahokia 7, Johnsburg 5, Pontiac 5, Raby 5, Freeburg 1, Geneseo 1
 

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Byron (13) 4-0 130 1
2. Farmington 4-0 100 3
3. Carlinville 4-0 97 4
4. Monticello 4-0 85 5
5. Bishop McNamara 3-1 82 6
6. Williamsville 3-1 70 2
7. Vandalia  4-0 50 7
8. Beardstown 4-0 28 9
9. North Boone 3-1 19 10
10. DuQuoin 4-0 16 NR

Others receiving votes: Pleasant Plains 9, Rock Island Alleman 9, Elmwood-Brimfield 5, Breese Central 3, St. Joseph-Ogden 3, Genoa-Kingston 3, Lisle 3, West Frankfort 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Maroa-Forsyth (12) 4-0 129 T-1
2. Orion (1) 4-0 115 T-1
3. Sterling Newman 3-1 100 4
4. Decatur St. Teresa 4-0 97 5
5. Illini West (Carthage) 4-0 77 6
6. Eastland-Pearl City 4-0 60 9
7. Chicago Hope Academy 3-1 42 10
8. Rockridge 3-1 35 3
9. Bismarck-Henning 4-0 15 NR
10. Marshall 4-0 13 NR

Others receiving votes: Pana 10, Mercer County 6, Hamilton West Hancock 5, Downs Tri-Valley 4, Nashville 3, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 1, Collins 1, Eldorado 1, Red Bud 1


Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lena-Winslow (10) 4-0 118 1
2. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (2) 4-0 109 3
3. Camp Point Central 4-0 93 4
4. Ottawa Marquette 4-0 73 5
5. Tuscola 3-1 68 2
6. Princeville 4-0 60 6
7. Aurora Christian  4-0 59 7
8. Argenta-Oreana 4-0 31 9
9. Fisher 4-0 16 NR
10. Milledgeville 4-0 9 NR

Others receiving votes: Madison, Concord (Triopia), Sesser-Valier 4, Annawan/Wethersfield 3, Forreston 3, Dakota 2, Athens 2

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

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VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

Who wants it more?

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area football fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." 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 p.m. — just after Chicago Cubs and White Sox baseball. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday. This week, we are spotlighting teams who are off and running with hot starts this season. How will they fare in a critical conference showdown? We'll send our cameras to one of the following:

Oswego East at Plainfield South, 7:00 p.m.

Joliet Catholic at Marist, 7:00 p.m.

Hinsdale South at Willowbrook, 7:30 p.m.

— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word! 

We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.