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100 Days to Kickoff: De La Salle

100 Days to Kickoff: De La Salle

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: De La Salle

Head coach: Michael Boehm

Assistant coaches: Jim Brinkley, Bill Green, John Grubisich, Pat Blake and Terrance Young

How they fared in 2017: 6-5 (2-2 Chicago Catholic Green); De La Salle made the Class 6A playoff field and lost to Hoffman Estates in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Niles West 

Aug. 31 vs. Leo 

Sept. 7 @ St. Rita 

Sept. 15 @ Mt. Carmel 

Sept. 21 vs. Fenwick 

Sept. 28 vs. Marmion 

Oct. 5 vs. Loyola 

Oct. 12 @ De Paul Prep 

Oct. 19 @ St. Laurence

[MORE: Check out Edgy Tim's interview with De La Salle DE Steven Hawthorne]

Biggest storyline: The Meteors will feel what it's like to play an actual "home" game. De La Salle just wrapped up a massive on-campus sports facility renovation. They played all home games off campus last season.

Names to watch this season: DE Steven Hawthorne, LB Jim Guttillo, OL James Coffee, OL Daniel White and QB Rob Simental

Biggest holes to fill: Can the Meteors replace seven graduated starters on offense from a season ago?

EDGY's early take: Look for the Meteors to rely on its experienced defense to carry them this season. They also have some key players returning on the offensive side of the football. De La Salle has a chance to make another state playoff appearance this coming season as long as they can catch a break or two in the health department. 

Brother Rice OL Nick Marozas, De La Salle DB Byron Perkins pledge to Big Ten

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Brother Rice OL Nick Marozas, De La Salle DB Byron Perkins pledge to Big Ten

Both Brother Rice senior offensive tackle Nick Marozas (6-foot-5, 280 pounds) and DeLaSalle senior cornerback Byron Perkins (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) made college decisions Monday evening.

Marozas, who is a three-star ranked offensive tackle, gave Indiana his verbal commitment, announcing it to the public via Twitter. 

Marozas is now the second known Chicagoland verbal commit in the Hoosier's Class of 2018, joining Hinsdale Central tight end Matt Bjorson, who committed earlier this month.

De La Salle senior cornerback Byron Perkins called his verbal commitment to Purdue this evening, "a belated Father's Day gift."

"I guess you can say that this is a late Father's Day gift for my dad," Perkins said. "My dad and I talked yesterday and he talked about being excited to see where I'll go to school and play in college. He was really excited to see me committed to Purdue and I feel great about my decision. My whole family is excited."

Perkins, who had a handful of offers along with strong recruiting interest from several Big Ten schools, felt that Purdue offered him the best possible fit.

"Purdue just seems to fit me in a lot of ways. On and off the field I feel like I'll be a good fit," he said. "I looked really hard at all of my options and offers this spring and summer. I was really interested in Miami of Ohio. It's a really good school and they also offer great academics, but in the end I just felt like Purdue is the best place for me."

Perkins is now the second Chicagoland verbal pledge to the Boilermakers Class of 2018, joining Hoffman Estates linebacker Jaylan Alexander.

72 Days To Kickoff: De La Salle

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72 Days To Kickoff: De La Salle

CSNChicago.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 Jul. 31, we'll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: De La Salle

Head Coach: Mike Boehm

Assistant Coaches: Bill Green, Arthur Ray, Jimmy Brinkley, Tristan Stovall, Shaefrey Griffin, David Burton, Pat Blake, Kevin Thurmond and Levi Bradley

How they fared in 2016: 5-5 (1-3 Chicago Catholic League Green Conference), failed to qualify for the IHSA State Playoffs.

[MORE: 73 Days To Kickoff: Hoffman Estates]

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 – vs Niles North (at St. Rita)

Sept. 1 – @ Nazareth Academy

Sept. 9 – @ Benton Harbor (Mich.)

Sept. 15 - vs Aurora Christian (at St. Rita)

Sept. 22 - vs St. Francis (at University of Chicago)

Sept. 29 – @ Montini Catholic

Oct. 6 - vs Mount Carmel (at St. Rita)

Oct. 13 - @ Marmion Academy

Oct. 20 - vs Fenwick (at St. Rita)

Biggest storyline: Can the Meteors become true road warriors and pick up wins away from 35th & Michigan?

Names to watch this season: Senior LB Joe Bonds, Senior DB Byron Perkins and Senior OL/DL Nick Boehm

Biggest holes to fill: The Meteors will be forced to play away from De La Salle Institute all season. The school is adding on to its facilities, which will include a brand new turf field.

EDGY's Early Take: De La Salle saw the best of times and the worst of times in 2016. They won five straight regular season games then lost the last four and missed out on the state playoffs. However, the Meteors have a talented roster heading into 2017 and should challenge for a state playoff spot.