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Recruiting News and Notes: Ryan O'Malley commits to Army

Recruiting News and Notes: Ryan O'Malley commits to Army

Ryan O'Malley (DT), Libertyville

Libertyville senior defensive tackle Ryan O'Malley (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) ended his recruiting process on Monday and gave Army his verbal commitment.

"I was really sold on West Point and academy life after my two unofficial visits," O'Malley said. "I just saw myself being at Army and being a part of the academy. After those two unofficial visits I knew I was ready to be a leader, an officer and setting myself up for a chance to be successful in life."

O'Malley initially verbally committed to Illinois, under then head coach Tim Beckman, but then had his scholarship pulled after Beckman's firing.

Joe Spivak (DT), Montini Catholic

Montini Catholic junior defensive tackle Joe Spivak (6-foot-1, 292 pounds) was able to make an unofficial visit to Princeton last weekend.

"I went out to Princeton this past weekend for an unofficial visit with Niko (Ivanisevic) from Hinsdale Central," Spivak said. "It was my first visit out East and I had a great time."

Spivak, who is holding ten scholarship offers and has steady interest from Northwestern and Missouri, isn't in any hurry to make his college choice.

"I'm going to Northwestern this Saturday for a gameday visit," Spivak said. "I'm still not sure on official visits or really which schools I'll visit to be honest. I have time right now before I make a decision."

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Creo Argue Jr. (DE), Crete-Monee

Crete-Monee senior defensive end Creo Argue Jr. (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) has been playing terrific this season for head coach John Konecki.

"I've been talking lately with the coaches from Western Illinois, Southern Illinois, NIU, North Dakota State, North Dakota, Grand Valley State, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan plus a lot of other smaller level schools," Argue Jr. said.

Argue Jr. has made unofficial visits to Grand Valley State, and also plans to visit Western Illinois.

Bron Hill (WR), TF South

TF South senior wide receiver Bron Hill (6-foot-5, 170 pounds) was known more for his exploits on the basketball court leading up to this season, but Hill has now broken the school record for touchdown catches (35 receptions, 700 yards, 10 TDs) and colleges have started to take notice.

Hill was able to make two recent college game visits to SIU and Illinois State, and is also drawing serious looks from Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois and South Dakota State..

Tyrik Henderson (DB), Glenbard North

Glenbard North junior defensive back Tyrik Henderson (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) was able to make a recent visit to Central Michigan.

"I visited Central Michigan a few weeks ago for the Ball State game," Henderson said. "It was a very fun visit. Central Michigan really had a lot of things to like. From the stadium to the fanbase it was just something special. They are really headed in the right direction and I had a great first visit."

Henderson, who has offers from Central Michigan, Missouri, Purdue, South Dakota State and Toledo, has also started to draw interest from Syracuse, Notre Dame and Michigan State. Henderson is hoping to visit both Syracuse and Notre Dame sometime this fall. 

34 Days to Kickoff: Bartlett

34 Days to Kickoff: Bartlett

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: Bartlett


Head coach: Mark Erlenbaugh


How they fared in 2017: 2-7 (2-3 Upstate 8 Valley Conference), Bartlett failed to qualify for the 20127 IHSA state football playoff field.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 25 @ East Aurora
Aug. 31 vs Glenbard East
Sept 8 vs Glenbard South
Sept. 14 @ Elgin
Sept. 21 @ West Aurora
Sept. 28 vs West Chicago
Oct. 5 vs Larkin
Oct. 13 @ South Elgin 
Oct. 19 @ Streamwood


Biggest storyline: Can the Hawks soar in the newly realigned Upstate 8 conference?


Names to watch this season: QB Dean Kotsovetis WR Austin Gates


Biggest holes to fill: The Hawks will need to fill in several spots this summer especially upfront on the offensive and defensive lines due to graduation losses.


EDGY's Early Take: Bartlett new head coach Matt Erlenbaugh comes in from Chicago Solorio and takes over the Hawks football program. Look for Bartlett to have a chance to challenge in the newly realigned Upstate 8 schedule. The Hawks schedule this season won't include the likes of several 2017 state playoff teams like Lemont, Prairie Ridge and St. Charles East.

35 Days to Kickoff: Oak Forest

35 Days to Kickoff: Oak Forest

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: Oak Forest

Head coach: Brian McDonough

How they fared in 2017: 4-5 (3-3 South Suburban Conference). Oak Forest failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Pekin
Aug. 31 @ Niles Notre Dame
Sept. 7 @ T.F. South
Sept. 14 @ Hillcrest
Sept. 21 @ Eisenhower
Sept. 28 vs T.F. North
Oct. 5 vs Tinley Park
Oct. 12 @ Bremen
Oct. 19 vs Lemont

Biggest storyline: Can the Bengals get back into the IHSA state playoffs this season?

Names to watch this season: LB Anthony Kluk and OL/DL Julian Ramirez

Biggest holes to fill: The Bengals will need to reload on both sides of the football especially on offense with the graduation losses of several starters including QB Tyler Morrison and RB Waitari Wilson.

EDGY's Early Take: It was a rare season for the Bengals in 2017, having missed the IHSA state playoff field for the first time since 1999. Look for Oak Forest to rely on its defense while a newer group on offense develops. The Bengals and veteran head coach Brian McDonough will need to get out to a good early start with a front-loaded regular season schedule.