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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.

Power Rankings: #16 - Cary-Grove

Power Rankings: #16 - Cary-Grove

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: Cary-Grove

Head coach: Brad Seaburg

Assistant coaches: Matt Furlong, Mike Walston, Dean Schlueter, Rick Splitt, Mike Manning, Phil Raffaelli, Ryan Passaglia, Ryan Ludwig and Eric Chandler

How they fared in 2017: 7-4 (6-2 Fox Valley Conference). Cary-Grove made the Class 6A state playoff field and defeated St. Ignatius before losing to Prairie Ridge in second round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 vs Crystal Lake South
Aug. 31 @ Crystal Lake Central
Sept 7 vs Hampshire
Sept. 14 @ Huntley
Sept. 22 vs Dundee-Crown
Sept. 28 @ McHenry
Oct. 5 vs Jacobs 
Oct. 12 @ Prairie Ridge
Oct. 19 vs Naperville Central

[MORE: Power Rankings #23 - Prairie Ridge]

Biggest storyline: Can the Trojans win the Fox Valley Conference in 2018?

Names to watch this season: OL Addison West (Western Michigan) and RB/DB Danny Daigle

Biggest holes to fill: The Trojans welcome back 11 returning starters (six offense, five defense) and will need to replace their entire starting defensive line from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Cary-Grove is always near the top of the Fox Valley Conference and bring back some top names this fall including several starters in the offensive skills. The Trojans always look to establish it's power running game while playing light out fast on defense and if the defensive line can gain experience sooner rather than later Cary-Grove will be a top team in the FVC and Class 6A as well in 2018. 

Recruiting News and Notes: Justin Hall commits to NIU

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Recruiting News and Notes: Justin Hall commits to NIU

Justin Hall (ATH), Homewood-Flossmoor

Northern Illinois University landed its ninth in-state verbal commitment when Homewood-Flossmoor senior athlete Justin Hall (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) decided to stay closer to home and commit to the Huskies.

"I just really interacted well with the coaches as well as the players at NIU," Hall said. "It's really a family feeling in the football program at NIU and I just always have felt comfortable there. I was looking to also stay closer to home and it all just came together for me at NIU. I can stay closer to home and play for a team that has had a lot of success. NIU also offers a good education and it just feels like the best fit for me so I committed."

Hall, who was recruited by NIU head coach Rod Carey as a defensive back, can also return kicks and punts and plans to contribute to the Huskies return teams. Hall joins his Homewood-Flossmoor teammate in defensive linemen Jeff Griffin, Andrew defensive end Mike DeHaan, Decatur MacArthur wide receiver Amir Brummett, Phillips defensive tackle Queneil Morrison, Palatine outside linebacker Cortez Hogans, Simeon wide receiver Leon Payne, Rich Central athlete Jyran Mitchell and Maine South running back Fotis Kokosioulis in the NIU in-state Class of 2018. 

Brett Groves (OT), Cary-Grove

Cary-Grove senior offensive tackle Brett Groves (6-foot-5, 305 pounds) decided last week to end his recruiting process and give Southern Illinois head coach Nick Hill his verbal commitment.

"It was ready to make my decision so I called up coach Hill and gave SIU my verbal commitment," Groves aid. "I never had any set date to make my decision but with the start of practices I wanted to make my decision so I can focus on my team and my season."

Groves, who also was drawing recruiting looks from FBS schools such as Iowa State and NIU, decided he didn't want to pass up his opportunity at Southern Illinois.

"SIU just has a lot to offer. I really get a long great with the coach. Both coach Hill and coach (Trevor) Olson are good people and also very good coaches. I like the direction that the football program is headed. SIU also has a great looking campus and I just really like the surrounding area. SIU is a bit of a smaller school but still has that bigger school feel. I was also impressed with the facilities at SIU along with the academic support for athletes. I know that I'll get a good education at SIU. It's just the best for me."

Josh Shodipo (DB), Oswego

Oswego senior defensive back Josh Shodipo (5-foot-11, 165 pounds) also decided to make his college decision before the opening of team practice and give Western Illinois University his verbal commitment.

"My recent visit was a big reason why I decided to commit to WIU," Shodipo said. "WIU is a good school and I already know some people going to school there. I really like the coaches at WIU along with the players. I'm also a good fit into the WIU defense. They recruited me as a corner back but the coaches also feel I could also play some safety for them. The visit to WIU just made me feel really comfortable with the school along with the coaches and the team. WIU feels like home to me."

Jayleen Fitzpatrick (LB), Glenbard North

No one was as happy to see the official start of IHSA football practices last Monday than Glenbard North senior linebacker Jayleen Fitzpatrick (6-foot-0, 205 pounds). Fitzpatrick, who suffered an 2016 early season-ending injury, is back and 100 percent ready to go.

"I am so ready to go," Fitzpatrick said. "I'm like overly excited for the season. It's been a lot of work and rehab to get back but now I'm back."

Fitzpatrick, who will be one of the leaders for the Panthers defense this fall, will draw several college coaches attention and serious looks at his early senior year game video.

"This month I've been in touch with a lot of different schools and they all want to know when I was cleared and back with the team. I've been talking to some DII schools like Grand Valley State and the University of Indianapolis, plus some smaller schools like UW Whitewater. They all want to see some of my senior tape."