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Toledo making strong impression on local recruits

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Toledo making strong impression on local recruits

While most coaches are busy this month visiting high schools and evaluating the Class of 2016 during the NCAA spring football evaluation period, the University of Toledo has extended early offers to a handful of players from the Class of 2017. The Rockets have been very aggressive during recent recruiting sessions, hoping to make an early impression on some top names from the Class of 2017.

Neuqua Valley wide receiver Isaiah Robertson (6-foot-2, 185 pounds), Naperville Central offensive guard Trevor Campbell (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) and De La Salle wide receiver Eric Rooks (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) have all added offers from Toledo this past week.

So did the Rockets make a strong first impression?

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"I was very surprised to get my first offer from Toledo," Campbell said. "It's just a pretty awesome feeling and I'll look into Toledo more and I'll visit the school this summer."

Below is a rundown of players that have received offers this past week:

Class of 2016

Drake Spears (DB), West Aurora: Toledo

Sean Williams (LB), Morgan Park: Northern Illinois, Bowling Green

Mike Panasiuk (DT), Lake Park: North Carolina

Anthony Thompson (QB), Mount Carmel: Northern Illinois (committed)

Daniel Joseph (DE), Lake Forest: Michigan

Quayvon Skanes (WR), Phillips: Eastern Michigan

Desmond Bland (OG), Homewood-Flossmoor: Bowling Green, Iowa State

Class of 2017

A.J. Epenesa (DE), Edwardsville: Tennessee

34 Days to Kickoff: Bartlett

34 Days to Kickoff: Bartlett

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: Bartlett


Head coach: Mark Erlenbaugh


How they fared in 2017: 2-7 (2-3 Upstate 8 Valley Conference), Bartlett failed to qualify for the 20127 IHSA state football playoff field.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 25 @ East Aurora
Aug. 31 vs Glenbard East
Sept 8 vs Glenbard South
Sept. 14 @ Elgin
Sept. 21 @ West Aurora
Sept. 28 vs West Chicago
Oct. 5 vs Larkin
Oct. 13 @ South Elgin 
Oct. 19 @ Streamwood


Biggest storyline: Can the Hawks soar in the newly realigned Upstate 8 conference?


Names to watch this season: QB Dean Kotsovetis WR Austin Gates


Biggest holes to fill: The Hawks will need to fill in several spots this summer especially upfront on the offensive and defensive lines due to graduation losses.


EDGY's Early Take: Bartlett new head coach Matt Erlenbaugh comes in from Chicago Solorio and takes over the Hawks football program. Look for Bartlett to have a chance to challenge in the newly realigned Upstate 8 schedule. The Hawks schedule this season won't include the likes of several 2017 state playoff teams like Lemont, Prairie Ridge and St. Charles East.

35 Days to Kickoff: Oak Forest

35 Days to Kickoff: Oak Forest

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: Oak Forest

Head coach: Brian McDonough

How they fared in 2017: 4-5 (3-3 South Suburban Conference). Oak Forest failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Pekin
Aug. 31 @ Niles Notre Dame
Sept. 7 @ T.F. South
Sept. 14 @ Hillcrest
Sept. 21 @ Eisenhower
Sept. 28 vs T.F. North
Oct. 5 vs Tinley Park
Oct. 12 @ Bremen
Oct. 19 vs Lemont

Biggest storyline: Can the Bengals get back into the IHSA state playoffs this season?

Names to watch this season: LB Anthony Kluk and OL/DL Julian Ramirez

Biggest holes to fill: The Bengals will need to reload on both sides of the football especially on offense with the graduation losses of several starters including QB Tyler Morrison and RB Waitari Wilson.

EDGY's Early Take: It was a rare season for the Bengals in 2017, having missed the IHSA state playoff field for the first time since 1999. Look for Oak Forest to rely on its defense while a newer group on offense develops. The Bengals and veteran head coach Brian McDonough will need to get out to a good early start with a front-loaded regular season schedule.