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Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week Two

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Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week Two

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings after two weeks of play on the IHSA slate.


1. Lincoln-Way East 2-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Naperville Central, 31-10
This Week: vs Bradley
EDGY's Take: The Griffins get a big night from senior RB Devon Williams in beating Naperville Central last Friday.
 
2. Loyola Academy 1-1 (2)
Last Week: Beat New Trier, 34-3
This Week: vs St. Rita
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers bounce back from their opening week loss and beat their next door neighbors on the North Shore. 
 
3. Nazareth Academy 1-1 (3)
Last Week: Beat Curie, 35-0
This Week: vs Fenwick
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners also bounce back with a shutout win over Curie on Friday night.
  
4. Homewood-Flossmoor 2-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Penn, 35-7
This Week: vs Andrew
EDGY's Take: The Vikings are getting a big season so far from senior RB Sean Allen.

5. Batavia 1-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Naperville North, 35-7
This Week: @ Lake Park
EDGY's Take: The Batavia backfield with Art Taylor and Quinn Urwiler get rolling in beating Naperville North last Friday night.
 
6. Warren Township 2-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 26-6
This Week: @ Waukegan
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils defense has allowed just six points per game so far this season.

7. Brother Rice 2-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Perspectives, 45-6
This Week: vs Providence Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders get a big test on Friday hosting Providence Catholic.

8. Glenbard West 2-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Leyden, 55-8
This Week: vs Proviso West
EDGY's Take: The Hitters' power running game/offense has been on fire so far this season. 

9. Mount Carmel 2-0 (10)
Last Week: Beat Maine South, 21-14
This Week: vs Montini
EDGY's Take: The Caravan get two passing touchdowns from junior QB Justin Lynch in beating Maine South.

10. Bolingbrook 2-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat St. Charles North, 21-6
This Week: vs Stagg
EDGY's Take: The Raiders, once again, stun St. Charles North for the upset win. 

11. Phillips 2-0 (11)
Last Week: Beat St. Mary Mo., 28-26
This Week: vs Taft
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats return home from their successful World Tour. They host Taft at Mandrake Park this week.
  
12. Montini 2-0 (12)
Last Week: Beat Collins, 55-0
This Week: @ Mount Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Broncos will now see the schedule ramp up. It starts this week at Carey Field as they battle the Caravan.
 
13. Hinsdale Central 2-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Morton, 48-10
This Week: @ Hinsdale South
EDGY's Take: Time for the Doings Cup. The Red Devils will take on district rival Hinsdale South.

14. Hersey 2-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Fremd, 35-14
This Week: vs Maine East
EDGY's Take: The Huskies are getting a huge season from first year QB Jordan Hansen.

15. Minooka 2-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield South, 46-7
This Week: vs Plainfield East
EDGY's Take: The Indians' offense has been on fire through two games. 

16. Prairie Ridge 2-0 (16)
Last Week: Beat Hampshire, 59-0
This Week: @ Huntley
EDGY's Take: The Wolves have actually brought the forward pass into the equation this season. Be afraid...be very afraid.

17. Oswego 2-0 (17)
Last Week: Beat Joliet West, 23-14
This Week: vs Plainfield South
EDGY's Take: The Panthers break open a 14-14 game in the second half for the 23-14 win over an improved Joliet West squad.

18. St. Charles North 1-1 (4)
Last Week: Lost to Bolingbrook, 21-6
This Week: @ Wheaton North
EDGY's Take: The North Stars will need to forget about the Bolingbrook loss. An upset-minded Wheaton North team (2-0) is on deck.
 
19. Neuqua Valley 2-0 (19)
Last Week: Beat Stevenson, 28-21
This Week: vs East St. Louis
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats get a strong 28-21 road win over Stevenson last Friday. 

20. Barrington 1-1 (21)
Last Week: Beat Buffalo Grove, 42-0
This Week: vs New Trier
EDGY's Take: The Broncos notch their 500th win in school history as the take care of Buffalo Grove.

21. Waubonsie Valley 2-0 (22)
Last Week: Beat Libertyville, 40-20
This Week: @ Trinity High School, Kentucky
EDGY's Take: The Warriors also get an impressive 40-20 win last Friday in Libertyville. Ethan Nelson threw a trio of TD passes.

22. Richards 2-0 (23)
Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 35-28
This Week: @ Hillcrest
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs have a major impact player in RB Leshon Williams. QB Javon Robinson is also a big key to the Bulldogs' success this fall.
 
23. Marist 2-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 24-17 OT
This Week: vs Niles Notre Dame
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks needed overtime but get the road win over the Bears. Winning at Lake Zurich is never an easy task.

24. Providence Catholic 2-0 (25)
Last Week: Beat Morgan Park, 42-8
This Week: @ Brother Rice
EDGY's Take: Should be a good one Friday night. The Celtics travel to the South Side and battle the 7th-ranked Crusaders.

25. Maine South 0-2 (18)
Last Week: Lost to Mount Carmel, 21-14
This Week: @ Fremd
EDGY's Take: The Hawks keep fighting and are hoping to heal up soon from an early rash of injuries. How will they fare at Fremd?

Recruiting News and Notes: Ben Bryant commits to Cincinnati

Recruiting News and Notes: Ben Bryant commits to Cincinnati

Ben Bryant (QB), Lyons Township

Lyons Township senior three-star quarterback Ben Bryant (6-foot-3, 195 pounds), who originally gave Wisconsin his verbal commitment only to have the Badgers rescind his verbal scholarship offer, has given Cincinnati his verbal commitment.

"It was a much harder decision this time around compared to the first time I committed," Bryant said. "When I committed the first time (to Wisconsin) I had two offers. This time around I had a lot of options and some great offers, but Cincinnati is the best place for me."

Bryant is thrilled to have ended his recruiting process again and can now focus on his upcoming senior season while also putting to rest the entire ordeal with Wisconsin.

"I've put the whole Wisconsin deal behind me and I stand my statement that I sent out on my Twitter account and that's all I have to say. I had some great offers and options and it was a great problem to have. I can just focus now on my team this summer and having a great senior season."

Bryant joins Simeon wide receiver Jayshon Jackson and Mount Carmel senior offensive linemen Jeremy Cooper as part of the Bearcats Class of 2018. 

Jeff Griffin (DL), Homewood-Flossmoor

Northern Illinois continues to do well with filling out its Class of 2018. The Huskies added another Chicagoland piece when Homewood-Flossmoor senior defensive linemen Jeff Griffin (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) became the team's ninth in-state commitment and 14th overall pledge.

"I visited NIU (last Saturday) and that visit really sold me on NIU," Griffin said. "I always wanted to stay closer to home for school and once NIU stepped up and offered me it was a hard offer to turn down. After the visit on Saturday I was sold on NIU so I called up the coaches and committed."

Griffin is also hoping to help NIU add a few more pieces from Homewood-Flossmoor's talented senior class.

"I'm definitely already talking to Justin (Hall) and Mario (Wright II) about joining me at NIU."

Seniors' athlete Justin Hall and linebacker Mario Wright II have both listed Northern Illinois as one of their favorite schools this summer. 

[RELATED: Recruiting News and Notes - Jyran Mitchell commits to NIU]

Indiana State recruiting

Indiana State head coach Curt Mallory has been on fire when it comes to the Sycamores recruiting this summer. Mallory, who was a long-time assistant coach at various stops in Illinois, now has an amazing 24 verbal commitments — including two recent additions in Bishop McNamara safety Giavion Mason (6-foot-0, 190 pounds) and Lindblom wide receiver CJ Rutherford (6-foot-0. 170 pounds).

So why the Sycamores?

Rutherford pointed towards the strength of the coaching staff as a big factor in his decision.

"I really love the coaching staff at Indiana State," Rutherford said. "Coach Mallory brought in a staff that has a lot of experience and several of his coaches worked with him when he was at Michigan. The coaches made us feel comfortable and at home at Indiana State and I'm just excited to be a part of helping the football program win."

Recruiting News

Who are the Top 5 uncommitted players remaining in the Class of 2018?

Carterville tight end Luke Ford (6-foot-7, 245 pounds) has offers from literally every Power 5 school in the nation. Ford originally committed to Arkansas.

Oswego DT Noah Shannon (6-foot-2, 290 pounds) was committed to Minnesota but reopened his recruiting process. Shannon has shown heavy interest in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Indiana and Arkansas.

Bolingbrook DT Dashaun Mallory (6-foot-2, 265 pounds) added a camp offer from Michigan State, and has a Top 3 list of the Spartans, along with Iowa State and Toledo. 

Waubonsie Valley tight end Charles Robinson (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) listed Iowa State, Minnesota and Mississippi State as his Top 3 favorite schools.

Bolingbrook wide receiver I'Shawn Stewart (5-foot-11, 165 pounds) camped earlier this summer with Wisconsin and also made a recent visit to Syracuse. 

Recruiting News and Notes: I'Shawn Stewart continues to draw interest

Recruiting News and Notes: I'Shawn Stewart continues to draw interest

I'Shawn Stewart (WR), Bolingbrook

Bolingbrook junior three-star ranked wide receiver I'Shawn Stewart (5-foot-11, 165 pounds) thought he would have been committed by now, but still remains uncommitted.

"I'm still waiting," Stewart said. "We've had 24 different college coaches in school so far. My plan is to see how the spring evaluation period goes for me and I'm also planning to go to a few college camps. I'm planning to camp at both Wisconsin and Michigan State this summer. Penn State has also been showing more interest. They came into school not too long ago and they are suppose to be back in this Friday to watch a team workout. I might also camp at Penn State this summer but I haven't set anything up yet. "

Stewart has scholarship offers from Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Miami (OH), Nevada, NIU, Syracuse, Toledo and Western Michigan.

Jaylan Alexander (ILB), Hoffman Estates

Hoffman Estates junior inside linebacker Jaylan Alexander (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) has added several scholarship offers and increased recruiting attention this spring. 

"Recruiting has been good," Alexander said. "I have some nice offers so far and we have been seeing a lot of college coaches in school over the past few weeks. I have offers so far from NIU, Western Kentucky, Illinois State, Eastern Michigan, Western Illinois, Central Michigan and Bowling Green. I've been in touch quite a bit with Wyoming, South Dakota and North Dakota and those schools seem like they could be pretty close to offering."

[RELATED: Oswego's Noah Shannon becomes latest Illinois player to commit to Minnesota]

Sam Barkalow (TE), Forreston

Keep an eye out on Class 1A state champion Sam Barkalow (6-foot-6, 220 pounds). Barkalow, a three-sport athlete who was a key two-way starter for the Cardinals last season, has seen increased recruiting interest this spring. 

"My recruiting has been going well," Barkalow said. "I've been in touch with some of the Ivy League schools, along with some of the FCS schools in the Dakotas, plus some DII schools. Harvard, North Dakota State, Northern Michigan have been in school already, along with some smaller level colleges. The coaches all want me to come out and camp with them this summer."

Denver Warren (DT), West Aurora

West Aurora freshman defensive tackle Denver Warren (6-foot-3, 285 pounds) has been highly impressive on the camp circuit, and he recently added his first two BCS offers from Iowa State and Central Michigan.

"It's awesome to add two offers already," Warren said. "I spoke with the coaches at Iowa State on last week, and then about a half hour later I also talked to Central Michigan and they also extended me an offer. I'm just really excited and so is my family."

Warren, who played last fall at Aurora Christian before transferring to West Aurora, was more than a bit surprised to add two early scholarship offers.

"When I added the first offer from Iowa State I was still a little in shock," Warren said. "Then when Central Michigan offered me it really hit me that I was picking up scholarship offers already. It's a great feeling to add those offers and it's also great motivation. Getting those offers just makes me want to work harder and to keep proving myself."