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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. 

72 Days To Kickoff: West Aurora

72 Days To Kickoff: West Aurora

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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: West Aurora

Head coach: Nate Eimer

Assistant coaches: Tony Melchiori (DC), Patrick Stremel (LB), Bob Fowler (DL), Charlie Graves (DB), Tim Phelps (OL/DL), Mike Runge (OL), Ron Murphy (QB), Alex Shaw (WR) and Joe Howell (RB).

How they fared in 2018: 9-2 (8-1 Upstate Eight Conference). West Aurora made the 8A state football playoff and beat South Elgin in the opening round. They lost to Edwardsville in second round action.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Plainfield South
Sept. 6 @ Plainfield East
Sept. 13 vs Joliet Central
Sept. 20 @ Romeoville
Sept. 27 @ Yorkville
Oct. 4 vs Oswego
Oct. 11 vs. Plainfield North
Oct. 18 @ Minooka  
Oct. 25 vs Oswego East

[MORE: 93 Days to Kickoff - Oswego East]

Biggest storyline: A new home in the Southwest Prairie Conference. Can the Blackhawks fare well and keep up their winning ways with a step up in competition?

Names to watch this season: QB Will Tammaru (Sr.) and DE Matt Johnson (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Blackhawks will welcome back 13 returning starters (seven offense, six defense) and feature several multi-year starters. Standout defensive lineman Denver Warren has transferred to Brother Rice. How will roster depth play a role? Overall numbers can be better for every high school program-- including West Aurora.
 
EDGY's Early Take: Coach Nate Eimer's Blackhawks depart the Upstate Eight and enter the Southwest Prairie. The program has had great success the last four seasons (all playoff berths), with 30 wins to their credit. The program had 30 wins total between 2005-14. West Aurora is pretty stacked with talent and is expected to challenge the upper tier of the newly-realigned league. They look to get back into the state playoff field for the fifth straight season and make a deeper run come November.
 

73 Days To Kickoff: Fenwick

73 Days To Kickoff: Fenwick

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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Fenwick

Head coach: Gene Nudo

Assistant coaches: Dick Eufrasio, Titcus Pettigrew, Tim Rooney, Brien Rooney, Craig Schneider, Joe Bauers, Mike Herman and Joe Hajek

How they fared in 2018: 3-6 (2-2 Chicago Catholic League/Green Conference). Fenwick failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoffs.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Curie
Sept. 6 vs Dunbar
Sept. 13 @ Nazareth Academy
Sept. 20 @ Joliet Catholic
Sept. 27 vs. Marist
Oct. 4 vs Marmion Academy
Oct. 11 vs. St. Patrick
Oct. 18 @ Leo  
Oct. 25 @ St. Ignatius

[MORE: 75 Days to Kickoff - St. Ignatius]

Biggest storyline: The new conference. Can the Friars bounce back from last season while playing a new and challenging league?

Names to watch this season: OL/DL Sean Carpenter (Sr.) QB Kaden Cobb (Soph.) and WR Bryce Legan (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Friars welcome back several starters from last fall but will also need to find six new replacements on the defensive side of the football.

EDGY's Early Take: Fenwick struggled last season. The Friars played several underclassmen starters and they're hoping that experience will pay off come August. The new CCL/ESCC mega conference also brings new challenges. It includes a tough path in the middle of the season with games at Nazareth, at Joliet Catholic and then at home vs. Marist. If the Friars can get out of the gate quickly, they have a good shot at earning a state playoff spot in 2019.