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Recruiting News and Notes: Sam Brodner reopens recruiting process

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Recruiting News and Notes: Sam Brodner reopens recruiting process

Sam Brodner (RB), Glenbard West

Brodner (5-foot-11, 215 pounds), who was the EDGYTIM.com Player of the Year in Illinois this season, has decommitted from Vanderbilt and reopened his recruiting process.

"I reopened my recruiting," Brodner said. "I just didn't feel that Vanderbilt was the right fit for me anymore. I called up the Vanderbilt coaches about a week ago and told them my decision."

The senior three-star ranked recruit is looking hard at three schools and plans to take official visits to all three.

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"I've been talking to the coaches at Illinois, Syracuse and also Iowa," Brodner said. "I have offers now from both Illinois and Syracuse and Iowa is very interested but they haven't offered me a scholarship yet. The coaches from all three colleges have been in my school this month and they also made in home visits. I haven't set up any official visit dates just yet but I'm hoping to get that done soon. I want to visit all three schools ."

Amir Watts (DT), Phillips

Watts (6-foot-3, 260 pounds) made his first official visit to Minnesota this past weekend.

"I just got back from Minnesota and it was awesome," Watts said. "I loved the city (Minneapolis). I was impressed with everything they have to offer especially the lifetime scholarship program. If you don't finish your degree you can go back to Minnesota at any time and that's pretty impressive."

The senior three-star ranked recruit also has three more official visits set.

"Next up is Indiana on January 15th. I'm also visiting Pitt (Jan. 22) and Nebraska (Jan. 29)."

Tyler Witt (OG), Joliet Catholic

Witt (6-foot-3, 300 pounds) gave Western Kentucky his verbal commitment after making an official visit over the weekend.

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"The official visit to Western Kentucky was the difference," Witt said. "I just really liked it a lot and it was a great visit. The school and the surrounding area felt like home to me. It's a pretty similar environment to this area that has just a lot of good people. Everyone made me feel welcomed including the players and the coaches. I just felt like I fit in well on the official visit and knew I found a school to call home."

Brad Krisch (LB), Joliet Catholic

Krisch gave Air Force his verbal commitment on Tuesday. The Hilltoppers' Class of 2016 now has four players verbally committed to the DI level in defensive lineman Ken Aguirre (Western Michigan), offensive guard/defensive tackle Ze'veyon Furcron (Southern Illinois), Krisch and Witt.

Kurt Gavin (OT), Lincoln-Way East

Gavin (6-foot-5, 270 pounds) has been verbally committed to Illinois since June. However, on Tuesday Illinois parted ways with offensive line coach Tom Bratten and Gavin's phone began to ring including a scholarship offer from Iowa State. The Cyclones hired former Illinois assistant coach Alex Golesh and he has been very active since getting hired a few weeks ago.

"The offer from Iowa State was kind of a surprise for me because I was so far in my commitment to Illinois already," Gavin said. "One of the coaches at Illinois recently relocated to Iowa State (Alex Golesh) and he was thew coach that called me with the offer from Iowa State. I'm still committed to Illinois and the Iowa State coach just wanted me to know that they have a spot for me in case anything changes."

89 Days to Kickoff: St. Charles East

89 Days to Kickoff: St. Charles 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: St. Charles East

Head coach: Bryce Farquhar

How they fared in 2017: 8-3 (4-2 Upstate 8 River Conference), St. Charles East made the 2017 IHSA state Class 8A playoff field. The Saints defeated Oswego East then lost to eventual 8A state champion Lincoln-Way East in second round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Rock Island

Aug. 31 @ Carmel

Sept. 7 vs Glenbard North

Sept. 14 @ Wheaton South

Sept. 21 vs Geneva

Sept. 28 @ St. Charles North

Oct. 5 vs Batavia

Oct. 12 @ Wheaton North

Oct. 19 vs Lake Park

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Biggest storyline: The Saints have had impressive campaigns the last two seasons. Can they continue to prosper in the newly-formed DuKane Conference?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Justin Jett and OL Dylan Barrett

Biggest holes to fill: The Saints will look to reload at a few key spots including at quarterback, as Clayton Isbell has moved on to Illinois State. Replacing RB/LB Nick Garlisch (South Dakota St.) will be key as well.

EDGY's Early Take: Coach Bryce Farquhar's Saints have produced playoff seasons in back-to-back years. Now, their regular season ramps up a bit with the newly-formed DuKane Conference. The new league features some former Upstate Eight conference foes in St. Charles North, Batavia and Geneva, plus former DuPage Valley members Wheaton Warrenville South, Wheaton North, Glenbard North and Lake Park. Look for the Saints to rely on some experience up front. Three starters are back on the offensive line, including junior OG Dylan Barrett. He has already added several FBS level scholarship offers. 

90 Days to Kickoff: Warren

90 Days to Kickoff: Warren

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: Warren Township

Head coach: Bryan McNulty

Assistant coaches: Jim Voutiritsas, Brandon Schild, Justin Van Schaik, Tayler Erbach and Mark Mika

How they fared in 2017: 7-4 (5-2 North Suburban Conference). Warren Township made the IHSA 8A playoff field. The Blue Devils defeated Bolingbrook then lost to Maine South in second round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule

Aug. 24 vs Barrington

Aug. 31 @ Glenbard North

Sept. 7 vs Waukegan

Sept. 14 vs Libertyville

Sept. 21 @ Lake Forest

Sept. 28 @ Zion-Benton

Oct. 5 vs Lake Zurich

Oct. 12 vs Stevenson

Oct. 19 @ Mundelein

Biggest storyline: Can The Blue Devils make it back-to-back postseason appearances and challenge for the North Suburban Conference title?

Names to watch this season: DL Zack Pelland, DT Willis Singleton and RB Martin Walker

Biggest holes to fill: The Blue Devils will need to find a new pass/catch tandem to replace graduated QB Ian Schilling and a strong group in the skills department, led by WR Micah Jones (Notre Dame).  

EDGY's Early Take: The Blue Devils had a nice 2017 season. After starting seven sophomores on the varsity level a year ago, head coach Bryan McNulty has the rare combination of youth and experience this fall. The defense will be a definite strength going into the season. The offense will rely on the running game, which features four starting offensive linemen back in the fold along with senior RB Martin Walker. If the passing game can come along, this team can once again challenge in the North Suburban Conference race and also in the overall 8A picture.