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Recruiting Notes: Hinsdale South's Josh King names his Top 5 schools

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Recruiting Notes: Hinsdale South's Josh King names his Top 5 schools

Josh King (DE), Hinsdale South

King (6-foot-6, 230 pounds), who is Rivals.com's No. 1 ranked recruit in Illinois, named his Top 5 schools. His list includes Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State and USC. King told Rivals.com Midwest Recruiting Expert Josh Helmholdt that it was time to narrow down his list of schools.

"I've been wanting to narrow it down for awhile now because I was getting a little tired of the recruiting process," King said. "Sometime in the summer I am thinking about committing because anything can happen during the season and I wanted to make sure I had everything taken care of."

Naquan Jones (DT), Evanston

Jones (6-foot-4, 289 pounds) named his Top 6 schools and also finalized a date for announcing his verbal commitment.

[MORE PREPS: Fremd WR Cordell Finley impresses at Rivals Camp]

"My Top 6 schools are in no order Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, South Carolina, Penn State and Wisconsin." Jones said. "I decided that I wanted to get things moving along with my recruiting. I'm going to announce my decision on June 5th since that's the last day of school for the year. I want to make a decision and then have my focus totally on my senior season."

Jones is planning to take one more round of unofficial visits to each school before making a final decision decision.

Kenney Lyke (S), Fremd

Lyke (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) is also down to a Top 4 schools list. Lyke has named Michigan State, Baylor, Oregon and Notre Dame as his final four.

[MORE PREPS: Steven Frank adds offer from Boston College]

Lyke is expected to make a late spring/early simmer verbal commitment.

Romeo McKnight (DE), Crystal Lake Central

A name that has emerged this spring is McKnight (6-foot-5, 220 pounds). The junior defensive end, who also won the Class 3A 220-pound state wrestling title this past winter, made a strong impression at the recently held Nike Camp, which earned him an offer from Toledo.

"The offer from Toledo, to be honest, came out of nowhere," McKnight said. "They made an in-school visit the day after the Nike Camp and they offered me later that day. I still need to learn more about the school but it's definitely exciting to get my first offer from Toledo."

[MORE PREPS: More offers on the way for Jones?]

McKnight is also drawing increased recruiting looks from Ball State, Illinois State, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Western Michigan and NIU.

Cole Kmet (TE), St. Viator

While the junior class is drawing a bulk of recruiting attention and scholarship offers, one Class of 2017 name is quickly adding offers already this spring. Kmet (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) now has offers from Louisville, Baylor, North Carolina and Kentucky. Kmet has also seen multiple college coaches in-school this spring.

"We have seen the coaches from Baylor, Purdue, NIU, Illinois, Northern Illinois, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Duke. I know that the coaches from Pitt, N.C. State, Miami (FL) and Notre Dame will also visit my school this week."

Chris Katrenick (QB), Jacobs

Katernick (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) added his first offer on Tuesday from Virginia. 

75 Days to Kickoff: St. Ignatius

75 Days to Kickoff: St. Ignatius

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: St. Ignatius College Prep

Head coach: Matt Miller

Assistant coaches: Charlie Dowdl, Alex Carric, Dan Bunne, Mike Mille, David Hidalg, Michael Whela, Doug Bartlet, Bill Stritzel and Ben Wade

How they fared in 2018: 6-5 (3-1 CCL Red Conference). St. Ignatius made the Class 6A state playoff field and lost to Notre Dame in opening round action.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Lindblom
Sept. 6 @ Ridgewood
Sept. 13 @ Benet Academy
Sept. 20 @ Marmion Academy
Sept. 27 vs Loyola
Oct. 4 vs Joliet Catholic
Oct. 11 vs Marian Central Catholic
Oct. 18 @ Marian Catholic
Oct. 25 vs Fenwick

[MORE: 84 Days to Kickoff - Marmion Academy]

Biggest storyline: The schedule. Can the Wolfpack get back to the state playoffs? The upgraded/combined ESCC-CCL regular season schedule should be intriguing.

Names to watch this season: LB Declan Callahan (Sr.), OL/DL Mofolarin Walter-Johnson (Sr.), LB/DE Elijah Williams (Sr.)  

Biggest holes to fill: The Wolfpack graduated nine starters this past spring on the offensive side of the football. 

EDGY's Early Take: St. Ignatius has had a strong run of late, having made the IHSA state playoffs in the past four seasons. They won seven games in 2018, five via the shutout and they gave Loyola all they could handle. But the combination of the ESCC/CCL conferences has undoubtedly ramped up the Wolfpacks' schedule this fall. It features games with the likes of Benet, JCA, Loyola and Marian Central Catholic. If St. Ignatius can reload a bit (on offense in particular), they will have a good chance to compete for a fifth straight IHSA state playoff appearance. 
 

Two 2020 Top Chicagoland names make college choices

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Two 2020 Top Chicagoland names make college choices

Two top names from the Chicagoland Class of 2020 have given verbal commitments so far today.

Chicago Curie senior to be three star ranked offensive tackle Kevo Wesley (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) gave Vanderbilt his verbal commitment this evening while on his official visit this weekend. Wesley, who is holding 29 scholarship offers this summer recently narrowed down his list of favorite schools to both Boston College and Vanderbilt and made official visits to both schools.

Wesley, who didn't play any organized football until his sophomore season under Condors head coach Arthur Ray Jr., saw his transition from football novice to pledging to Vanderbilt and playing in the Southeastern Conference pay off today.

"Kevo just always had a tremendous level of focus," according to Curie head coach Arthur Ray Jr.. "He was a basketball kid who wanted to get better and worked hard. He never missed a workout or a training season  and he would always put in extra work. He always had the academic side taken care and Vanderbilt plays in the SEC plus they offer a great education and it's a great fit."

Wheaton Warrenville South senior K Jack Olsen (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) added a full scholarship offer from Michigan State a few weeks ago and tonight gave the Spartans his verbal commitment while on his official visit. Olsen, ranked as one of the top place kickers in the nation according to Chris Sailer Kicking pointed towards the overall fit for him at Michigan State as a main factor in his decision.

"I have visited Michigan State multiple times and I've always loved it there," Olsen said. "I have always wanted to play in the Big Ten growing up. I've looked into everything that Michigan State has to offer including taking an academics tour. I wanted to make sure I loved the schools for everything and not just the football side."