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Edgy Tim: Recruiting news and notes

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Edgy Tim: Recruiting news and notes

One of the top Illinois high school quarterbacks in the Class of 2020 has responded to the coyote call.

Normal West junior Carson Camp (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) gave his verbal commitment to the University of South Dakota. Camp had early scholarship offers from both in-town Illinois State and Indiana State. He also boasted strong recruiting attention from several Mid-American Conference schools. Camp felt that the timing was right to give the Coyotes his commitment. So why commit this early? 

"That's a hard question to answer quickly because it involves a lot of different issues," Camp said. "I originally planned to wait until the end of the spring evaluation period (which begins Monday). I was waiting on one specific FBS school in particular but I already had three strong FCS offers and everything to me just felt right with South Dakota. I also didn't want to miss out on an opportunity by waiting. The timing was just right for me now to commit and in all honesty I was ready to make my decision."

The Class of 2021 is already shaping up to become one of this state's better recruiting classes in years, and the overall depth at the quarterback position leads the charge. Both Antioch QB Athan Kaliakmanis along with Naperville Central QB/ATH Sam Jackson (who can also play wide receiver). are already committed to Minnesota. Nazareth Academy QB J.J. McCarthy (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) has 27 scholarship offers-- a list that includes several from Power Five schools across the country. East St. Louis' Tyler Macon (6-foot-0, 180 pounds) also has a handful of early FBS offers. Another half dozen or so names have emerged also have FBS/FCS potential. 

If you needed any further proof that the recruiting process is starting earlier and earlier for elite-level names, just take a look at Tyler Morris.  The 5-foot-10, 160 pound Morris, a Class of 2022 athlete recruit who was a starter on the 2018 Roadrunners 7A state title team, has added offers this spring from Northwestern, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. His latest offer came earlier this week came from Michigan. Morris is also expected to draw several high Power Five visitors starting Monday with the beginning of the spring evaluation period-- when colleges are allowed to make in-person visits to a recruit's high school. 

Keep an eye on Maine South junior safety Ryan Kilburg (6-foot-1, 181 pounds). He has emerged as a top name in the Class of 2020.

"I have scholarship offers from Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Ohio, South Dakota and Navy," according to Kilburg. "I've also been in contact with the coaches from Kansas State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Harvard, Brown and Holy Cross. I've been able to get out and visit Holy Cross, Harvard, Miami of Ohio and Western Michigan. All of the schools that I've been in contact with all have invited me out to visit them this spring. Those same coaches also are telling me that they will be back in school to see me in a few weeks."

88 Days to Kickoff: Antioch

88 Days to Kickoff: Antioch

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: Antioch

Head coach: Brian Glashagel

Assistant coaches: Dave Proffitt (DC), Jim Rejc, Mike Karner, Mike Gordy, Del Pechauer, Rico Ellis, Ryan Shifley, Mitch Munda, Pat Swanson and Steve Baum

How they fared in 2017: 9-1 (5-0 Northern Lake County Conference). Antioch made the IHSA Class 5A playoff field and lost to Marian Central Catholic in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Lake Forest

Aug. 31 @ Woodstock North

Sept. 7 vs Grayslake North

Sept. 14 vs Wauconda

Sept. 21 vs Grant

Sept. 28 @ Grayslake Central

Oct. 5 @ Round Lake

Oct. 12 vs Lakes

Oct. 19 @ North Chicago

[MORE: 89 Days to Kickoff - St. Charles East]

Biggest storyline: Will Antioch throw the football more in 2018? Can the Sequoits make a longer postseason run?

Names to watch this season: QB Athan Kaliakmanis, WR Dino Kaliakmanis and OL Dylan Czerlanis

Biggest holes to fill: Going into the offseason, the Sequoits knew they would welcome back several starters. One of the bigger areas of concern, though, was in the skills department. However, the inbound transfers in of two Carmel sophomores --QB Athan Kaliakmanis and his wide receiver twin brother Dino-- could very well answer those concerns.  

EDGY's Early Take: The Sequoits have been a consistent winner under head coach Brian Galshagel. Part of that winning formula has been a punishing ground game. Antioch welcomes back 13 returning starters (five offense, eight defense) including four starting offensive linemen. Now, add in the Kaliakmais brothers. Suddenly, the Sequoits become a very important team to watch come August. Athan Kaliakmanis already has an early offer from Syracuse while Dino has an early offer from Kansas. Both are expected to add more FBS level offers over the next few years.