Stevenson senior wide receiver Jack Sorenson (6-foot-1, 175 pounds) made his college choice on Friday. Sorenson gave Miami (OH) head coach Chuck Martin his verbal commitment while making an on-campus unofficial visit to Oxford, Ohio.
"I think what made (Miami) so appealing was the honesty from the coaches," Sorenson said. "They didn't tell me that I would start my freshman year because that's pretty unrealistic to tell any kid that before they even entered the program. I loved the honesty that all of the coaches at Miami showed me."
Sorenson, a starting wideout on the Patriots Class 8A state championship team last fall, also pointed towards the overall positive vibe from the current players on the Redhawks roster.
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"The players also really seem like good guys," Sorenson said. "They have a real passion to change the program around and into a winner like the past. That was very exciting to see and experience."
Sorenson, who originally verbally committed to Boston University for Lacrosse before deciding to focus on playing college football, narrowed down his final list of schools to Miami (OH), Cornell and Penn.
Sorenson is now the third known in-state verbal commitment for the Redhawks, joining Evanston safety Travion Banks and Libertyville defensive end Ben Kimpler.
Miami (OH) now has 15 known verbal commitment in its 2016 recruiting class.
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.
Head coach: Bill Mitz
Assistant coaches: Bubba Smith, Mike Warren, Brian Zimmerman, JM Foote, Ryan Arndt and Bob Mackey
How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (5-3 Fox Valley Conference). Jacobs made the Class 7A playoff field. The Golden Eagles lost to Lincoln-Way West in opening round action.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 Hampshire
Aug. 31 @ Huntley
Sept. 7 Dundee-Crown
Sept. 14 @ McHenry
Sept. 21 Neuqua Valley
Sept. 28 Prairie Ridge
Oct. 5 @ Cary-Grove
Oct. 12 Crystal Lake South
Oct. 19 @ Crystal Lake Central
Biggest storyline: Can the Golden Eagles move up in the Fox Valley Conference pecking order in 2018?
Names to watch this season: OT Joacheim Price and OL Nick Zonta
Biggest holes to fill: The Golden Eagles will need to replace its entire starting linebacker group from a season ago.
EDGY's Early Take: Year in and year out, Jacobs is always a factor in the rugged Fox Valley Conference (seven playoff appearances in the last eight years). The Golden Eagles return some starters in several key spots. If the underclassmen group can step up this summer, look for Jacobs to challenge for the FVC conference title and a higher seed in 7A come IHSA playoff time.
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.