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Recruiting updates from the Riverside-Brookfield Shootout

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Recruiting updates from the Riverside-Brookfield Shootout

The Riverside-Brookfield Shootout gave CSNChicago.com a chance to get recruiting updates from some of the best players in the area.

Simeon rising senior guard Zach Norvell is one of the highest-rated players in Illinois, and the lefty shooting guard has multiple high-major offers. The 6-foot-4 Norvell is the No. 85 prospect in the country, according to Rivals, and he picked up recent scholarship offers from Wake Forest and Florida State.

Norvell also told CSNChicago.com he has scholarship offers from Memphis, Oklahoma, Bradley, Loyola and Illinois. Expected to be a senior leader for Simeon this season, Norvell would like to check out the campuses at Illinois and Georgetown.

Morgan Park senior guard Charlie Moore has already made multiple trips to Peoria as a major contributor, and he's been a player who has received more recruiting attention as the spring has gone alone.

The 5-foot-10 Moore has scholarship offers from DePaul, Illinois, Iowa, Georgia Tech, Loyola, UIC and Fairfield. The Hawkeyes are expected to have Moore on campus for an unofficial visit on June 20th and Moore also is trying to get to Illinois sometime soon.

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Kenwood senior forward Nick Robinson has played with the Mac Irvin Fire with Norvell and Moore this spring, and he's played well enough to earn scholarship offers from Bradley, DePaul and UIC.

The 6-foot-6 Robinson is also getting interest from Creighton, Iowa, Nebraska and VCU, and a lot of programs will be tracking his game in July.

One of the state of Illinois' best juniors, Justin Smith, played with Stevenson this weekend and was a team leader for a group that is moving on without Jalen Brunson and Connor Cashaw.

The 6-foot-7 Smith has scholarship offers from Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, Rice and Wake Forest. Smith plans to visit Purdue in June and would like to see Illinois, Indiana and Northwestern.

All four of these players have plenty of chances to earn scholarship offers this July when they play in front of college coaches during the live evaluation period.

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. 

69 Days to Kickoff: Lincoln-Way West

69 Days to Kickoff: Lincoln-Way West

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: Lincoln-Way West

Head coach: Dave Ernst

Assistant Coaches: Luke Lokanc, Larry Lokanc, Mike Villa, Eric DoornKaat, George Czart, Bob Lombardi, Sean Lucas, Rob Glielmi, Steve Bauer and Al McKellar

How they fared in 2017: 9-3 (6-1 Southwest Suburban Conference), Lincoln-Way West made the Class 7A state football playoff field. The Knights defeated Jacobs and Alton and then lost to Batavia in the quarterfinal round.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. Racine Case (Wisc.)

Aug. 31 @ Lincoln-Way Central

Sept. 7 vs. Bradley-Bourbonnais

Sept. 14 vs. Thornridge

Sept. 21 @ Homewood-Flossmoor

Sept. 28 @ Sandburg

Oct. 5 vs. Thornton Township

Oct. 12 @ Stagg

Oct. 19 @ Andrew

Biggest storyline: Can the Warriors get back to the 7A playoffs and make a deeper run this season?

Names to watch this season: OL Martin Bender and RB Caleb Marconi

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors welcome back 10 returning starters but just three are back on the defensive side of the football. In particular, they will need to replace their entire starting secondary from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Ernst has guided the Warriors to the IHSA playoffs in each the past six seasons. If West can reload a bit on the defensive side of the football they have a good chance of getting to the postseason again this fall. The good news is that the offense brings back four starting offensive linemen along with bruising RB Marconi. Look for the running game to pace the offense. It should be a big strength this fall.