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15 Days to Kickoff: Maine South

15 Days to Kickoff: Maine South 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: Maine South

Head coach: Dave Inserra

How they fared in 2018: 10-2 (5-0 Central Suburban South Conference). Maine South made the Class 8A state playoff field and defeated Huntley and Waubonsie Valley. In the quarterfinal round, they lost to Loyola Academy.
2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 31 @ Glenbard West
Sept. 6 vs Mount Carmel
Sept. 13 @ Fremd
Sept. 20 vs Palatine
Sept. 27 @ Niles West
Oct. 4 @ Evanston
Oct. 11 @ Glenbrook North
Oct. 18 vs Glenbrook South
Oct. 25 @ New Trier

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Biggest storyline: Consistency, as always. The Hawks have been to the IHSA playoffs 27 straight seasons and have had only one losing season since 1983. Can the Hawks reload and make some noise in Class 8A?
Names to watch this season: OL/DL Peter Skoronski (Senior, Northwestern), WR/S Ryan Kilburn (Senior, Western Michigan)

Biggest holes to fill: The Hawks graduated several key names from the 2018 squad. They'll need to replace 10 starters on defense.
EDGY's Early Take: If any program in the Land of Lincoln has been able to consistently reload from year to year --and make it look easy-- it's the Maine South Hawks. Head coach Dave Inserra will rely on a handful of key returners, led by Northwestern commit OL/DL Peter Skoronski and Western Michigan commit WR/S Ryan Kilburn, both seniors. Keep and eye on senior WR/DB Michael Velazquez as well. Newcomer junior QB Luke Leongas will take the reins of the always explosive Hawks shotgun spread offense. They will have some big challenges on the nonconference schedule. If the Hawks offense can help out a less experienced defense (especially early in the season), then all the better for Maine South in 2019.

Breaking: Northwestern adds a commitment from in-state four-star offensive lineman Peter Skoronski


Breaking: Northwestern adds a commitment from in-state four-star offensive lineman Peter Skoronski

Northwestern and head coach Pat Fitzgerald added another big piece to its impressive Class of 2020 as Maine South four-star ranked offensive tackle Peter Skoronski (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) decided to give the Wildcats his verbal commitment today.

Skoronski selected Northwestern over scholarship offers from multiple Power 5 schools, including Notre Dame, Michigan and Penn State. He generally kept his recruiting process and plans in silent mode and seldom, if ever, spoke to any media during his recruiting process, a rarity these days in the fast paced social media world of college recruiting. 

Skoronski is now the 10th known overall verbal commitment and the Wildcats third known in-state pledge. Skoronski joins Lake Zurich three-star ranked junior tight end Hunter Welcing along with Wheaton North three-star ranked outside linebacker Xander Mueller as in-state commitments in the Class of 2020.

Skoronski, a four star ranked recruit according to is also the highest ranked in-state commitment since Class of 2018 Lincoln-Way East DE Devin O'Rourke who was also a four star ranked recruit.

Edgy Tim's 20th annual IHSA football All-State team


Edgy Tim's 20th annual IHSA football All-State team

Below is the 20th annual All-State team. All players have been selected from Classes 8A thru Class 5A. 


QB JJ McCarthy, Nazareth Academy (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) - Only a sophomore, passed for 3,448 yards and 37 touchdowns in leading the Road Runners to the Class 7A state title. 

RB Jirehl Brock, Quincy (6-foot-0, 200 pounds) - Ran for 2,158 yards and 33 touchdowns in just 10 games in 2018. 

RB Keenan Hailey, Joliet Catholic (5-foot-9, 185 pounds) - Ran for 2,637 yards and 34 touchdowns in leading the Hilltoppers to the 5A state title. 

TE Jahleel Billingsley, Phillips (6-foot-5, 227 pounds) - Alabama commit. Just did it all (TE/DE/WR/QB) for the Wildcats in 2018 and is one of the state's best overall athletes. 

WR Jackson Ritter, Lincoln-Way East (6-foot-4, 205 pounds) - Was easily one of the biggest impact receivers from one of the state's most dominant teams in 2018. Averaged 19 yards per catch in 2018. 

WR Rashaan Palmer Jr., Simeon (6-foot-4, 200 pounds) - Was at times as dominant a receiver as anyone in the state of Illinois. Possesses a huge reach and length and exceptional overall physical tools and ball skills. 

OL Peter Skoronski, Maine South (6-foot-4, 270 pounds) - Only a junior, Skoronski, who already has multiple Power 5 scholarship offers was dominant on both sides of the football for the Hawks

OL Trevor Keegan, Crystal Lake South (6-foot-6, 290 pounds) - The state's top ranked recruit in the Class of 2019 will announce his college choice on Dec 11. Helped led the Gators to the state playoffs in 2018. 

OL Addison West, Cary-Grove (6-foot-4, 270 pounds) - Western Michigan commit. Class 6A state champion who played on both sides of the line and keyed one of the state's best running attacks in 2018. 

OL Evan Kirts, Brother Rice (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) - Illinois commit. Has physically grown and developed into a strong offensive tackle this past season for the Crusaders. 

OL JJ Guedet, Washington (6-foot-8, 265 pounds) - Minnesota commit. Was a dominant two way starter on both sides of the football for the Panthers in 2018. 

KR/PR Michael Love, Nazareth Academy (5-foot-9, 170 pounds) - One of the state's best and most versatile players who was a huge key in the Road Runners 2018 Class 7A state title season. 

ATH Alante Brown, Simeon (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) - Michigan State commit. Brown has played quarterback, receiver and defensive back for the Wolverines and is also one of the state's most dangerous athletes in 2018. 


DL Zack Pelland, Warren Township (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) - Colgate commit. Was a team leader and captain for one of Chicagoland's top defenses in 2018. 

DL Demond Taylor, East St Louis (6-foot-3, 275 pounds) - NIU commit. Taylor is one of three players (Taylor, Jeff Thomas and Jerrell McDaniels) who have been a four-year varsity starter for the Flyers and head coach Darren Sunkett. 

DL Deion Harry, Crete Monee (6-foot-6, 257 pounds) - Harry was a key leader and defensive end for the Class 6A state runner up Warriors in 2018.

DL Cam Mattox, Hillcrest (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) - NIU commit. Speedy off the edge pass rusher who also can drop back into coverage. Was a big key for the Hawks and head coach Mo Weaver in 2018. 

LB Maema Njongmeta, Stevenson (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) - Wisconsin commit. Njongmeta has all the tools to develop into a big time defender at Wisconsin. Has great speed and physical tools.

LB Jackson Bruscianelli, Montini Catholic (6-foot-0, 200 pounds) - A multi-year starter and tackling machine (148 total tackles in 2018) for the Class 5A state runner up Broncos. 

LB Michael Jansey Jr, Batavia (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) - Northwestern commit. Was simply one of the top overall defenders and athletes in the Dukane Conference and in Class 7A in 2018. 

DB Sebastian Castro, Oak Lawn Richards (6-foot-1, 198 pounds) - Iowa commit. Castro has been one of the best and most versatile athletes in the state of Illinois over the past few seasons. 

DB Tyler Nubin, St. Charles North (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) - Minnesota commit. Another versatile and high level athlete who played QB/WR/RB/S for the Class 7A state runner up North Stars in 2018. 

DB Jake Gonzales, Loyola Academy (6-foot-1, 193 pounds) - Penn commit. Gonzalez has been the quarterback of the Ramblers defense for the past few seasons. Was the leading tackler for the Class 8A state champion Ramblers this fall. 

DB Sam Tumilty, Willowbrook (5-foot-9, 175 pounds) - Just a junior, Tumilty was a key high level two way starter who just never left the field for the Warriors and head coach Nick Hildreth in 2018. 

K/P Jack Olsen, Wheaton Warrenville South (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) - A junior, Olsen set a new IHSA state record with hitting 8 field goals this season. Possesses one of the top legs in the Class of 2020.