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29 Days to Kickoff: IC Catholic Prep

29 Days to Kickoff: IC Catholic Prep

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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: IC Catholic Prep

Head coach: Bill Krefft

How they fared in 2018: 14-0 (6-0 Metro Suburban Blue Conference). IC made the 4A state playoff field and defeated Raby, Stillman Valley, Marengo and Richmond-Burton to advance to the state championship. They beat fellow conference rival Bishop McNamara in the state title game.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Belleville Althoff
Sept. 6 @ Joliet Catholic
Sept. 13 vs Wheaton Academy
Sept. 20 @ Bishop McNamara
Sept. 27 vs. Aurora Christian
Oct. 4 vs Aurora Central Catholic
Oct. 11 vs St Edward
Oct. 18 @ St. Francis
Oct. 25 @ Riverside-Brookfield

[MORE: 59 Days to Kickoff - Bishop McNamara

Biggest storyline: The possible four-peat. Can the Knights reload and win another state football title in 2019?

Names to watch this season: QB Danny Cronin (Sr.), RB Kyle Franklin (Jr.) and LB Kevin Cooke (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Knights will need to reload on the offensive line. All five starters from a season ago will need to be replaced.

EDGY's Early Take: Head coach Bill Krefft and his staff have been on a serious roll. The Knights are seeking their fourth straight IHSA state football title. Senior QB Danny Cronin transferred in from Fenwick this past spring and brings instant experience under center. Junior RB Kyle Franklin is already one of the most productive backs in the state over the past two seasons. If the offensive line can gel sooner rather than later look for the Knights to challenge for another IHSA state title. The Week 4 date at Bishop Mac will provide a lot of intrigue, but the Metro Suburban Blue in general could potentially be an even better race this fall-- on top of what was an already-strong 2018 conference title chase. 

Edgy Tim: Recruiting news and notes

Edgy Tim: Recruiting news and notes

Nazareth Academy sophomore quarterback J.J. McCarthy (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) is holding 30 FBS level scholarship offers-- a very impressive total for an underclassman. And his recruiting process continues to skyrocket. Has McCarthy's recruiting process started to becoming overwhelming? 

"I wouldn't say it's been overwhelming but it can be busy at times," McCarthy said. "I try treat everyone well and also treat everyone the same so I try to make sure to spend time talking to as many coaches as I can."

McCarthy is also looking to get out to visit more schools this spring and early summer. 

"I'm set to visit Michigan on May 11. I'm also going to try to get back and visit both Ohio State and Northwestern this spring."

McCarthy is also eyeing a timeframe for giving a school his verbal commitment.

"I feel like this summer will be a good time to make my college decision. I want to be able to commit and then have time to try and help recruit more kids to come play for the school that I chose. I also want to be able to just focus on my upcoming junior season and school without having to deal with recruiting at all."

Northern Illinois head coach Thomas Hammock is hitting the spring recruiting trail hard; the Huskies approach is going beyond the Class of 2020 this spring. So far this week, NIU has extended verbal scholarship offers to Providence Catholic sophomore tight end Jameson Geers (6-foot-5, 225 pounds) along with Prairie Ridge sophomore athlete Carter Evans (6-foot-4, 220 pounds).
"Getting my first offer from NIU last Saturday was a huge surprise," Jameson Geers said. "They made an in-school visit a few weeks ago and watched one of our workouts. But outside of that I didn't really have much contact with the NIU coaches until Saturday. I decided to go to the spring game and that's when Coach Tony (Sorrentino) offered me a scholarship."

Carter Evans, who is the younger brother of both the former NIU and Purdue OL Shane Evans, and current Iowa running back and former IHSA Player of the Year Samson Evans,  also was a bit surprised to add his first offer from the NIU Huskies.
"It was a nice surprise," according to Evans. "I'm excited that NIU has a new coaching staff, they seem like a good group of coaches. I'm looking forward to get to know them. I also really like their facilities."

IC Catholic Prep junior QB Danny Cronin (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) was able to add his first scholarship offer last Saturday. It came from Eastern Illinois University after he visited the Charleston campus during spring practice. Cronin played for Fenwick last fall before transferring to IC for the spring semester.

"I've known the coaches at Eastern Illinois for a while now including going back to last year when I was still at Fenwick and they were at Northwestern'" Cronin said. "I loved it at EIU. I just love the coaches and they just have a great group. EIU likes me as a quarterback but they also offered me as more of an athlete because they said they just want me to be a part of the team. The coaches also said they will take a hard look at me at quarterback but that they feel I could also play either linebacker or even as a super back for them. Getting my first offer from EIU is pretty special and you'll always remember the first school who offered you."

80 Days to Kickoff: Fenwick

80 Days to Kickoff: Fenwick

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: Fenwick

Head coach: Gene Nudo

Assistant Coaches:  Alex Holmberg (DC), Brien Rooney (OC), Dick Eufrasio, Arthur Porter, Butch Navarro and Craig Schneider

How they fared in 2017: 7-5 (3-1 Chicago Catholic League Green Conference), Fenwick made the Class 7A state playoff field and lost in opening round action to Wheaton North. The Friars then entered the Chicago Catholic League Playoffs and defeated Leo. Then, they lost to St. Ignatius in the CCL championship.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Kenwood

Aug. 31 vs St. Ignatius

Sept. 7 @ Brother Rice

Sept. 14 @ Leo

Sept. 21 @ De La Salle

Sept. 28 vs St. Laurence

Oct. 5 vs Montini Catholic

Oct. 12 vs Marmion Academy

Oct. 19 @ Mount Carmel

[MORE: 100 Days to Kickoff - De La Salle]

Biggest storyline: Can the Friars get back into the state playoff field and make a run this fall?

Names to watch this season: QB Danny Cronin and DE Jacob Kaminsky

Biggest holes to fill: The Friars will need to reload upfront on the offensive line this summer with just one returning starter back in junior OL Sean Carpenter.

EDGY's Early Take: Head coach Gene Nudo and his staff have done a very impressive job at Fenwick. They have guided the Friars into the state playoff field in five of Nudo's first six seasons leading the football program (including a 10-win and an 11-win season). If Fenwick can find some answers up front on the offensive line, they have plenty of returning starters/experience back to make a state playoff run this fall.