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Recruiting news and notes: Where will Trevor Keegan end up?


Recruiting news and notes: Where will Trevor Keegan end up?

Crystal Lake South junior 4-star ranked offensive tackle Trevor Keegan (6-foot-6, 310 pounds) already has 16 scholarship offers along with several Power 5 schools setting its recruiting sights on Keegan this winter.

"More and more college coaches keep telling me and my coaches at school that they will be back into my school very soon," according to Keegan. "The two latest schools to show interest are Oklahoma and Florida State."

Keegan, who's early scholarship offers includes Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan State and Minnesota is also looking hard at taking spring official visits. The Class of 2019 will be the first class allowed to take spring official visits per the revised NCAA football recruiting rule changes. 

'I'm looking to get out sometime soon and go see more schools in person," Keegan said. "I'm definitely looking into taking some spring official visits. I probably start to narrow everything down this spring or early summer. I want to take four official visits this spring and then save one more official visit for after my senior year."

West Aurora sophomore defensive tackle Denver Warren (6-foot-32, 285 pounds) had an eye-opening performance at the recently held US Army All American Bowl underclassmen combine.

"They had a lot of good talent at the Army combine and it was good to go against some great players from all over the country," Warren said.  "I felt that I did pretty well in one on ones along with doing well in the L drill along with my vertical. I felt good about the numbers I put up. I already have a good amount of experience with camps and combines and that definitely paid off at the Army combine. I felt pretty comfortable and just went out and competed."

Warren is already holding early verbal scholarship offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Central Michigan, Iowa State and Syracuse.

Defending Class 5A state champion Phillips will be loaded with underclassmen talent returning from last season's state title team and one of the headliners will be Wildcats 3-star ranked tight end Jahleel Billingsley (6-foot-5, 227 pounds). Billingsley, who is already touting 11 early verbal scholarship offers in hoping to make some upcoming college campus visits this winter.

"I was supposed to go to the Army combine in San Antonio but I had to cancel at the last minute," Billingsley said. "I stay in touch with a lot of the schools who have offered me so far. I'm looking to get out to visit both Minnesota and Penn State sometime soon. I don't have any dates wet for those just yet."

Bolingbrook junior running back recruit Anthony Williams Jr. (6-foot-0, 195 pounds) is now holding eight scholarship offers so far this winter and continues to see his recruiting stock on the rise this winter.

"I have offers now from Western Michigan, NIU, Arkansas State, South Dakota State, Toledo, Bowling Green, Cincinnati and Central Michigan," Williams Jr. said. "I'm also in touch with several Big Ten schools and recruiting has been going well for me overall."

Willams Jr. has also draw recent recruiting attention from a handful of new schools.

"Rutgers, Illinois, Notre Dame and also Minnesota are some of the newer schools who seem to be contacting me the most. I've been getting contact now from a lot of schools. It's been pretty exciting."

33 Days to Kickoff: Benet

33 Days to Kickoff: Benet 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: Benet Academy

Head coach: Pat New

How they fared in 2017: 9-4 (5-2 East Suburban Catholic Conference). Benet Academy made the Class 7A state playoff field. They defeated Maine West, Hononegah and Lincoln-Way Central before losing to Batavia in the state semifinal round. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ St. Laurence

Aug. 31 @ Moline

Sept. 7 @ St. Patrick

Sept. 14 vs Niles Notre Dame

Sept. 21 vs Nazareth Academy

Sept. 28 @ Joliet Catholic

Oct. 5 vs St. Viator

Oct. 13 @ Marian Catholic

Oct. 19 vs Marist

[MORE: 78 Days to Kickoff - St. Patrick]

Biggest storyline: After back-to-back state semifinal playoff runs, can the Redwings pick things up right where they left off and another make deep playoff run?

Names to watch this season: QB Collin Gillespie and RB/S Ben Hickey

Biggest holes to fill: While the Redwings will welcome back some key starters from a season ago, they will need to reload a bit up front on both the offensive and defensive line. 

EDGY's Early Take: Coach Pat New's Redwings had an early 14-0 lead over eventual 7A state champion Batavia before falling to the Bulldogs. Benet, who has 50 program wins since 2012 (all playoff seasons), is never short on talent. Look for their offensive skills department to carry the load early this season. The Redwings should challenge in the East Suburban Catholic Conference race and into playoff time come October. 

34 Days to Kickoff: Bartlett

34 Days to Kickoff: Bartlett 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. 24 @ East Aurora

Aug. 31 vs Glenbard East

Sept. 7 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

[MORE: 53 Days to Kickoff - Glenbard East]

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

Names to watch this season: QB Dean Kotsovetis and 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 head coach Matt Erlenbaugh comes in from Chicago's Solorio High School and takes over the Hawks football program. Look for Bartlett to have a chance to challenge in the newly-realigned Upstate Eight 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.