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Updates on the top five uncommitted recruits in the Class of 2018


Updates on the top five uncommitted recruits in the Class of 2018

While a large majority of the Class of 2018 took full advantage of the first-ever Early Signing Period and signed a Letter of Intent, several players still remain unsigned and are awaiting the next signing period, which begins on Feb. 7, to sign up with a school.

Here are my top five uncommitted recruits in the Class of 2018, complete which schools are showing interest.

Tyrik Henderson, DB, Glenbard North. Henderson, a three-star defensive back, and Minnesota mutually decided to part ways a few weeks before the Early Signing Period, and there's no question that academics played a role. Henderson has drawn serious looks and interest from Toledo, Kent State, Marshall and Nebraska. I fully expect Henderson to make at least a handful of official visits in January before making a final college choice.

Dashawn Mallory, DL, Bolingbrook. Mallory, a three-star defensive tackle, is also dealing with academic issues and has a good chance of becoming a late academic qualifier. If Mallory can become eligible, he looks likely to pledge to Michigan State. The Spartans have been with Mallory since the spring and have been Mallory's lone leader.

I'Shawn Stewart, WR, Bolingbrook. Stewart, a three-star receiver, has interest from the likes of Toledo, Cincinnati, New Mexico and Kent State, and several Big Ten schools have also remained in touch. Expect Stewart to make at least two or three official visits over the next few weeks. He could wait until late January to make his decision.

Marquis Burks, DE, Curie. Burks is a three-star defensive end who at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds has the physical tools to play at the Power 5 level. Burks will take the out of state junior college route and will decide between Independence Community College in Iowa, Iowa Western Community College College or Arizona Western College.

Eric Mooney, QB, Huntley. Mooney, who was drawing several early FBS and FCS recruiting looks and interest as more of an "athlete," is focused on three schools, all of which have offered him as a quarterback. Mooney already made a official visit to Yale in December and has set official visits to both South Dakota and Northern Iowa.

33 Days to Kickoff: Benet

33 Days to Kickoff: Benet 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: Benet Academy

Head coach: Pat New

How they fared in 2017: 9-4 (5-2 East Suburban Catholic Conference). Benet Academy made the Class 7A state playoff field. They defeated Maine West, Hononegah and Lincoln-Way Central before losing to Batavia in the state semifinal round. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ St. Laurence

Aug. 31 @ Moline

Sept. 7 @ St. Patrick

Sept. 14 vs Niles Notre Dame

Sept. 21 vs Nazareth Academy

Sept. 28 @ Joliet Catholic

Oct. 5 vs St. Viator

Oct. 13 @ Marian Catholic

Oct. 19 vs Marist

[MORE: 78 Days to Kickoff - St. Patrick]

Biggest storyline: After back-to-back state semifinal playoff runs, can the Redwings pick things up right where they left off and another make deep playoff run?

Names to watch this season: QB Collin Gillespie and RB/S Ben Hickey

Biggest holes to fill: While the Redwings will welcome back some key starters from a season ago, they will need to reload a bit up front on both the offensive and defensive line. 

EDGY's Early Take: Coach Pat New's Redwings had an early 14-0 lead over eventual 7A state champion Batavia before falling to the Bulldogs. Benet, who has 50 program wins since 2012 (all playoff seasons), is never short on talent. Look for their offensive skills department to carry the load early this season. The Redwings should challenge in the East Suburban Catholic Conference race and into playoff time come October. 

34 Days to Kickoff: Bartlett

34 Days to Kickoff: Bartlett 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. 24 @ East Aurora

Aug. 31 vs Glenbard East

Sept. 7 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

[MORE: 53 Days to Kickoff - Glenbard East]

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

Names to watch this season: QB Dean Kotsovetis and 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 head coach Matt Erlenbaugh comes in from Chicago's Solorio High School and takes over the Hawks football program. Look for Bartlett to have a chance to challenge in the newly-realigned Upstate Eight 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.