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Warren's Willis Singleton Jr. commits to Iowa State

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Warren's Willis Singleton Jr. commits to Iowa State

Warren Township 3-star ranked senior defensive tackle Willis Singleton Jr. (6-foot-2, 285 pounds) announced his college decision today and gave Iowa State his verbal commitment. Singleton Jr. who ended up with 20 scholarship offers this summer discussed his decision.

"Iowa State was my first Power 5 offer," Singleton Jr. said. "We kept just building up our relationship and it just became bigger and bigger. I was able to pick up some big Power 5 offers late (including Illinois and Michigan State) but it was never about the name or the hype for me. It's always been about the relationships for me and I have that with Iowa State."

Singleton Jr. was able to visit the Ames, Iowa, school multiple times before. That familiarity with the coaches and the players was also a big factor in his decision.

"Isaiah Lee (current Iowa State and former Nazareth Academy defensive linemen) was a big help for me with just getting it straight from him on everything at Iowa State and I've known Isaiah for awhile now," Singleton Jr. said. "I've spent a lot of time at Iowa State around the coaches and the players and more than once I was there more than 24 hours just getting to know them. I just felt like Iowa State was the place for me in my heart in the end and Iowa State is the place for me."

Singleton Jr. had narrowed down his final list of schools to the Cyclones along with Illinois, Michigan State, Cincinnati and Louisville.

Illinois AP football rankings: Week 3

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Illinois AP football rankings: Week 3

The Illlinois high school football AP polls are out. Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:

Class 8A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lincoln-Way East (17) 3-0 170 1
2. Homewood-Flossmoor 3-0 144 2
3. Loyola 2-1 128 3
4. Warren 3-0 155 4
5. Hinsdale Central 3-0 88 6
6. Bolingbrook 3-0 72 8
7. Minooka 3-0 55 7
8. Oswego 3-0 38 9
9. Niles Notre Dame 3-0 32 NR
10. Edwardsville 2-1 28 10

Others receiving votes: Naperville Neuqua Valley 27, Marist 17, Oswego East 8, Barrington 8, South Elgin 2, Huntley 2, O'Fallon 1.

Class 7A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. (Chicago) Mt. Carmel (12) 3-0 162 1
2. Nazareth (4) 2-1 147 3
3. Glenbard West (1) 3-0 140 2
4.  Wheaton Warrenville South 3-0 100 6
5.  Batavia 2-1 98 5
6. Hononegah 3-0 56 7
7. Rolling Meadows 3-0 51 8
8. Brother Rice 2-1 50 4
9. Hersey 3-0 48 10
10. St. Charles North 2-1 23 NR

Others receiving votes: Normal Community 19, Benet 17, Willowbrook 10, Jacobs 4, Machesney Park Harlem 4, DeKalb 2, Glenbard East 1, Moline 1.

Class 6A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Cary-Grove (12) 3-0 171 2
2.  Phillips (3) 3-0 154 3
3.  Providence (2) 3-0 135 7
4. Crete-Monee 3-0 125 5
5. Chatham Glenwood 3-0 101 6
6. Richards (1) 2-1 89 1
7. Peoria Central 3-0 65 8
8. Prairie Ridge 2-1 45 4
9. Simeon 1-1 41 9
10.  Yorkville 3-0 31 NR


Others receiving votes: Antioch 8, Normal West 7, Lake Forest 6, Bremen 3, Kaneland 3, Lemont 2, Springfield 2, Shepard 2.

Class 5A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. East St. Louis (19) 3-0 190 1
2. Sterling 3-0 151 3
3. Montini 2-1 133 2
4.  Boylan Catholic 3-0 118 5
5.  St. Rita 2-1 97 4
6.  Hillcrest 2-1 92 8
7. Sacred Heart-Griffin 2-1 77 6
8. Sycamore 3-0 71 7
9.  Carbondale 3-0 25 NR
10.  Joliet Catholic 1-2 21 9

Others receiving votes: Marion 13, Cahokia 12, Morton 10, St. Laurence 9, Triad 8, Metamora 7, Kankakee 7, Marmion 2, Payton 2.

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. IC Catholic (13) 3-0 157 1
2. Rochester (2) 3-0 138 2
3. Coal City (1) 3-0 135 3
4. Richmond-Burton 3-0 103 4
5. Bishop McNamara 2-1 84 5
6.  Stillman Valley 3-0 71 7
7.  Columbia 3-0 64 6
8. Genoa-Kingston 3-0 46 10
9. Effingham 3-0 32 T-8
10. Taylorville 3-0 19 T-8

Others receiving votes: Woodstock Marian 18, Mt. Zion 8, Illinois Valley Central 2, Tolono Unity 2, Benton 1.

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Williamsville (11) 3-0 162 1
2. Wilmington (5) 3-0 149 2
3. Byron (1) 2-1 121 3
4. Beardstown 3-0 108 5
5. Nashville 3-0 86 8
6. Fairfield 3-0 83 7
7. Vandalia 3-0 70 9
8. Eureka 2-1 49 6
9. Lisle 2-1 22 4
10. Peotone 3-0 21 NR

Others receiving votes: Pana 16, Princeton 14, Monticello 12, Greenville 7, Quincy Notre Dame 6, Mt. Carmel 4, DuQuoin 3, Breese Mater Dei 2.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (14) 3-0 154 1
2. Maroa-Forsyth 3-0 135 2
3. Clifton Central 3-0 116 3
4. Newman Central Catholic (2) 3-0 110 4
5. Decatur St. Teresa 3-0 103 5
6. Bismarck-Henning 3-0 80 6
7. Orion 3-0 71 7
8. Fieldcrest 3-0 58 8
9. Knoxville 3-0 34 10
10. Rockridge 2-1 8 9

Others receiving votes: Eldorado 5, Red Bud 3, Auburn 2, Chicago Christian 1. 

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Forreston (9) 3-0 149 1
2. Lena-Winslow (6) 3-0 143 2
3. Moweaqua Central A&M (1) 3-0 127 4
4. Aurora Christian 3-0 104 5
5.  Camp Point Central 3-0 86 6
6. Annawan-Wethersfield 3-0 76 7
7. Ottawa Marquette 3-0 48 9
8. Carollton 3-0 39 10
9. Tuscola 2-1 35 3
10. Arcola 2-1 29 8

Others receiving votes: Aquin 13, Athens 11, Princeville 10, Watseka Coop 6, Morrison 3, Mt. Sterling (Brown County) 1.

VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Who wants is more?

NBC Sports Chicago and Wintrust present our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of passionate high school football followers. Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Thursday afternoon. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on Friday night’s “High School Lites” broadcast at 11:00 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive and appears in the MyTeams app.  High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago. 

This week, we're giving the Chicago Public League some love. We are featuring Thursday afternoon kickoffs, featuring teams from the north, west and south portions of the Windy City. Which high school football game is the most worthy of our coverage? We will spotlight the following three games on our Twitter page (@NBCSPreps):

South Shore vs. Lake View, 4:15 p.m. at Eckersall

Payton vs. Clark, 4:15 p.m. at Rockne

Julian vs. Urban Prep/Englewood, 4:15 p.m. at Gately 

To participate, our fans are encouraged to do the following:

**Follow our NBC Sports Chicago preps Twitter page: @NBCSPreps.

**Note the pinned tweet that is atop the feed.

**Vote for the game you want NBC Sports Chicago to cover Thursday afternoon.

**Spread the word!

The poll will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. Monday. We will make an announcement with the official results on @NBCSPreps just after 2:30 p.m. Thursday. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week,” along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights, all season long.