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Recruiting News: Coaching changes provide uncertainty for players

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Recruiting News: Coaching changes provide uncertainty for players

Recent head coaching changes at both Southern Illinois and now Western Illinois no question has been providing some uncertainty and added stress for several verbally committed players in the Class of 2016.

Southern Illinois, who is now rumored to be hiring former Saluki standout quarterback and current interim head coach Nick Hill to replace Dale Lennon, already has several verbally committed recruits excited about Hill's rumored hiring.

"I'm very excited," said Joliet Catholic senior defensive linemen Zeveyon Furcron about a potential Nick Hill hiring. "I've talked with Coach Hill a bit and he seems like a great guy."

"I'm really excited for Coach Hill," according to Crete-Monee senior wide receiver Landon Lenoir. "I have a very close relationship with Coach Hill. He's just a greta man and can really help me out in the future."

"The assistant coaches at SIU have been staying in touch with me since Coach (Dale Lennon) was fired," said Minooka senior defensive linemen Blake Parzych. "I'm just happy that Coach Hill will get a chance and it takes a lot of stress off waiting to see what happens."

Western Illinois is now starting to search for a new head football coach after former WIU head coach Bob Neilsen last week left for conference rival South Dakota after spending three seasons in Macomb. Several verbally committed names from the Leathernecks Class of 2016 are also now in limbo heading into the Christmas holidays. 

"I decommitted from Western Illinois after I heard the news," said Hoffman Estates senior defensive end Dante Cleveland. "I just had a great relationship with all of the coaches at Western Illinois and that relationship was a big part of my decision. I want to open things up and see what options are out there for me."

"I heard that WIU was hoping to hire one of the assistant coaches but now that sounds like it's not happening," according to Niles Notre Dame senior QB Tyler Tsagalis. "I'm going to just wait for now and see what happens with WIU but I'm also going to listen to other schools now."

"It's hard to deal with and especially now that colleges are in the dead period," added Chicago King senior defensive back and WIU pledge Phillip Powell. "I'll listen to other schools and like everyone else just wait to see what happens at WIU."

97 Days to Kickoff: Back of the Yards

97 Days to Kickoff: Back of the Yards

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 @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Back of the Yards

Head coach: Sheamus Murphy

Assistant Coaches: Will Johnson, Marty McNamara, Tim McNamara and Nick Teich

How they fared in 2017: 8-2 (6-0 CPL Great Lakes Conference). Back of the Yards made the Class 5A state playoff field. They lost to Solorio in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Week 1: @ Kelly

Week 2: vs. Goode

Week 3: @ Brooks

Week 4: vs. Schurz

Week 5: vs. Kenwood

Week 6: vs. North Lawndale

Week 7: @ Steinmetz

Week 8: vs. Payton Prep

Week 9: @ Clark

Biggest storyline: The Bobcats were a true feel-good story last season. Can the Bobcats build on its momentum and success going into the 2018 campaign?

Names to watch this season: OL/Dl Kevin Pacheco, WR/DB Carl McNickles, OL Armando Resendiz

Biggest holes to fill: The Bobcats bring back several returning starters from last season; however, can they find a new signal caller to replace the graduation loss of 2017 standout QB Jeremiah Harris (McKendree College)? 

EDGY's Early Take: One of the top stories from the 2017 season was the rise of this young program. The Bobcats made the IHSA state playoff field in just their third season of varsity football. As for 2018? The expectations have risen for this South Side school. A move to the CPL Illini Prairie State conference ramps up the overall competition level. If the Bobcats can find a steady signal caller, they have solid chance at competing for a potential IHSA state playoff spot come October. 

98 Days to Kickoff: Eisenhower

98 Days to Kickoff: Eisenhower

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 @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Eisenhower

Head coach: Travis Moore

Assistant coaches: Vince Holmes, Justin Harris, Billy Viero, Mike Russell, Jeremey Rodrigues, Joe Groff and Terrance Streater

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (3-3 South Suburban Red Conference), Eisenhower made the Class 6A state playoff field. The Cardinals lost to Normal West in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. Rich South

Aug. 31 vs. Bishop McNamara

Sept 7 @ Reavis

Sept. 14 vs. Shepard

Sept. 21 @ Oak Forest

Sept. 28 @ Evergreen Park

Oct. 5 @ Oak Lawn

Oct. 12 vs. Argo

Oct. 19 vs. Richards

Biggest storyline: The new faces. The Cardinals graduated a whopping 21 starters from a season ago. Can head coach Travis Moore rely on his juniors to step up this fall?

Name to watch this season: WR Daylen Wilson

Biggest holes to fill: The Cardinals graduated 10 starters on offense and all 11 starters on defense from their playoff team last season. 

EDGY's Early Take: Coach Moore and his staff have done a great job in leading the Cardinals to the playoffs in two of the past three seasons. However, with just one returning starter back, this will undoubtedly be a young and inexperienced team this fall. They will need to find their A-game in a hurry against a front-loaded schedule.