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Recruiting: Stanford, Oregon, Wisconsin courting Thomas Schaffer

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Recruiting: Stanford, Oregon, Wisconsin courting Thomas Schaffer

Lake Forest Academy senior three-star ranked defensive lineman recruit Thomas Schaffer (6-foot-6, 250 pounds) made an official visit last weekend to Stanford.

"The trip was great," Schaffer said. "Everything about it was awesome."

Schaffer has now made official visits to Oregon and Stanford and will make his last planned official visit this weekend to Wisconsin.

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Phillips senior three-star ranked defensive end Amir Watts has three official visits in mind and is starting to set up visit dates.

"I'm going to visit Syracuse on Dec. 11th," Watts said. "I'm also looking at a visit to Rutgers and Pitt. I'm thinking Jan. 22nd for Rutgers and then Pitt might be after Syracuse and before Rutgers."

Neuqua Valley junior four star ranked wide receiver Isaiah Robertson (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) is now up to 10 verbal scholarship offers this fall and expect many more offers to follow. Did Robertson ever expect to have all of these offers and attention at this stage of his high school career?

"I knew it would be tough to get these offers," Robertson. "I always hoped it would happen and it's still a kind of a shock. I'm just feeling blessed and humbled by all the attention."

Robertson, who is hoping to make an unofficial visit to Michigan State soon has also been drawing increased interest from Notre Dame, Georgia, Ohio State, Maryland  and Penn State.

Morgan Park senior inside linebacker Sean Williams (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) added recent offers from Wyoming and Eastern Michigan. Williams, who has made unofficial visits to both Illinois and Indiana this fall and has remained in steady contact with NIU, Buffalo, Toledo, Bowling Green and North Dakota is considering his latest offer despite the distance from home.

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"I'm been thinking pretty hard about going away from home for awhile now," Williams said. "I've been talking to a school like Wyoming and I'm definitely interested in seeing what they have to offer."

Williams has scholarship offers from BGSU, Eastern Michigan, Miami of Ohio, NIU, South Dakota, Toledo and Wyoming.

Wednesday night, Northern Illinois (7-3/5-1) hosted Western Michigan (6-4/5-1) in a nationally-televised game. Most casual fans might not realize is that the mid week MACtion games provide a nice recruiting advantage for NIU and other host schools. Several Class of 2016 recruiting targets are planning to attend tonight's NIU game including Oswego QB Steven Frank. Several kids to watch from the Class of 20127 including Lake Park junior defensive end Jacub Panasiuk will also be in attendance as the mid week games are truly one of the only games in the nation, giving recruits a better chance at visiting without having to compete with other schools playing on Saturdays.

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest

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: Hillcrest

Head coach: Morgan Weaver

Assistant coaches:  Mike Young, Kyran Weaver, Rob Hancock, Ryan Keen, Nicholas Schultz, Tramaine Weaver, Phillip Burkett and Langdon Mattox

How they fared in 2017: 9-3 (5-1 South Suburban Blue Conference). Hillcrest made the Class 5A state football playoff field. The Hawks defeated Peoria and Glenwood then lost to Dunlap in the quarterfinal round.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Rich Central

Sept. 1 @ Rich South

Sept 7 @ Shepard

Sept. 14 vs Oak Forest

Sept. 21 vs Lemont

Sept. 28 @ Tinley Park

Oct. 5 @ T.F. South

Oct. 12 @ T.F. North

Oct. 19 vs Bremen

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Biggest storyline: Consistency. After two straight postseason berths, can the Hawks reload and get back into the IHSA playoff field once again this fall?

Names to watch this season: WR Corey Crooms (Western Michigan) and DE Cam Mattox (NIU)

Biggest holes to fill: The Hawks welcome back 11 returning starters (six offense, five defense); hoewever, they will need to reload on the offensive line and at linebacker. 

EDGY's Early Take: Head coach Morgan Weaver was able to get the Hawks into the state playoffs in his first season. What can they do as an encore? Hillcrest has the potential to be a real threat in 5A. Keep an eye on a strong and experienced group of receivers and backs led by senior Corey Crooms (Western Michigan). They also boast a defense that features an experienced secondary and a ton of speed. 

68 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

68 Days to Kickoff: Oswego 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: Oswego East

Head coach: Tyson LeBlanc

Assistant coaches: Dan Dunbar, Andy Brogan, Jeremy Main, Erik Aister, Dru Filkins, Connor Downs, Zac Sadek, Reggie Cribbs and Mike Harden

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (7-2 Southwest Prairie Conference). Oswego East made the Class 8A state football playoff field. The Wolves lost to St. Charles East in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Plainfield East

Aug. 31 @ Joliet West

Sept. 7 vs Romeoville

Sept. 14 vs Joliet Central

Sept. 21 @ Plainfield South

Sept. 28 @ Plainfield North

Oct. 5 vs Oswego

Oct. 12 vs Plainfield Central

Oct. 19 vs Minooka

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Biggest storyline: Can the Wolves get out of the rugged Southwest Prairie conference and make a run in the IHSA state playoffs?

Names to watch this season: ATH Justin Clark and WR Kieon Battle

Biggest holes to fill: The Wolves will need to replace their entire starting defensive line from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Oswego East head coach Tyson LeBlanc is shooting to make the IHSA playoff field and the fourth straight year in 2018. He has a 36-24 record since coming over from Curie High School back in 2012. Oswego East will rely on a strong group of returning offensive skills led by D-1 recruit Justin Clark, who can --and will-- play multiple positions this season for the Wolves.