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Wisconsin gets 'heck of a steal' in HF's Kendric Pryor

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Wisconsin gets 'heck of a steal' in HF's Kendric Pryor

One of the main reasons Kendric Pryor chose Wisconsin was the team's desire to try the Homewood-Flossmoor athlete on both sides of the ball. And two days after announcing his commitment on Twitter, the three-star recruit showed why the Badgers are going to have plenty of options on how to use him.

Pryor caught four passes 109 yards - including a 49-yarder while draped in triple coverage - and intercepted a pass in the end zone just before halftime in the top-ranked Vikings' 43-29 win over No. 5 Stevenson. Pryor also recorded five tackles and broke up a pass late in the fourth quarter of HF's second road victory to begin the season.

Pryor said his performance Friday night was helped out by announcing his commitment to the Badgers, who lost Saturday night to No. 3 Alabama.

"Knowing I was going to Wisconsin took a lot of stress off me. I can come out here and ball out," he said after the game. "Now I can finish focusing on this year trying to get back to state.

"Over the weekend I talked about it with my mom and dad. I just felt it was the right decision for me because (Wisconsin) wants me to play offense and defense. That's good for me. They're losing a lot of DBs and a couple receivers, so when I get there I'll have the opportunity to play as a true freshman and it's a good program, so that helped me make my decision."

[#DriveVikings: HF offensive 'maching' hitting on all cylinders]

Head coach Craig Buzea expressed his excitement over Pryor, a third-year varsity starter, finding the right fit.

"I'm extremely happy for him. I think it's a great fit. He came in on Monday to talk to me about it and I said, 'If that's what you want to do, let's get it done,'" Buzea said. "And I think Wisconsin got themselves a heck of a steal because I think he can play with just about anybody in the country. I'm very happy for Kendric and his family and really look forward to watching him, but we're going to keep him here for another few games."

In two games this season Pryor has caught eight passes for 261 yards and a pair of scores, all team-highs. The Vikings (2-0) travel to Stagg next Friday night.

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic

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: Joliet Catholic Academy

Head coach: Jake Jaworski

Assistant coaches: Dave Douglas, Cory McLaughlin, Chris Kinsella, Mark Mettille, Jake Ziesmer, Zach Dolph, Josh Greenback and Craig Slowik

How they fared in 2017: 3-6 (2-5 East Suburban Catholic Conference). JCA failed to make the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. St. Rita

Aug. 31 @ IC Catholic Prep

Sept. 7 @ St. Viator

Sept. 14 vs. Carmel

Sept. 21 @ Marist

Sept. 28 vs. Benet Academy

Oct. 5 vs. Marian Catholic

Oct. 12 @ Nazareth Academy

Oct. 19 @ Notre Dame

Biggest storyline: Can Joliet Catholic snap a two-year hiatus from the state football playoffs?

Names to watch this season: OT Dave Monnot and RB Kenyetta Williams

Biggest holes to fill: The Hilltoppers will need to reload at the quarterback and wide receiver positions. 

EDGY's Early Take: It's been a rough few seasons at one of the state's best football programs. That said, 2018 has the potential to be the turnaround year the Hilltoppers have been looking for. Second-year head coach Jake Jaworski will feature four big and experienced offensive linemen, led by senior OT Dave Monnot (6-foot-6, 287 pounds). They also have a name to watch in junior-to-be RB Kenyetta Williams. If Joliet Catholic can survive another challenging early season non-conference schedule, they will compete in the always-tough ESCC.

New Trier's Duke Olges gives Northwestern verbal commitment

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New Trier's Duke Olges gives Northwestern verbal commitment

New Trier junior three-star ranked athlete Duke Olges (6-foot-5, 260 pounds) gave Northwestern his verbal commitment last Sunday yet waited until Friday morning to make his decision public via his Twitter page.

Olges, who was recruited by the Wildcats as a defensive tackle, felt pressure to make a decision since the Wildcats already had one defensive tackle verbal commitment in Clear Springs Texas Jason Gold while another defensive tackle with an offer was making an on campus visit later that day.

“I didn’t know if it was the right decision, to be honest. It was impulse more than anything,” Olges told WildcatsReport.com's publisher Louis Vaccher. “But what comforted me is after having a couple days to think about it, I felt a sigh of relief. It would have hurt me too much to let that scholarship go. As much as I wanted to go and visit other schools, losing that scholarship would have hurt more than anything else.”

Olges is now the 10th known verbal commitment in the Wildcats Class of 2019  and the second in state pledge along with Bolingbrook junior DB Cameron Mitchell. 

Olges, who was holding 26 scholarship offers this spring, was planning to make summer visits to Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Virginia and Duke before giving the Wildcats his verbal commitment.