Quincy Patterson

57 Days to Kickoff: Solorio

57 Days to Kickoff: Solorio

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: Solorio

 

Head coach: Bill Ziemba

 

How they fared in 2017: 8-4 (3-2 Chicago Public League Illini Land of Lincoln Conference). Solorio made the Class 5A IHSA football playoff field. The Sun Warriors defeated Back of the Yards, then lost to Phillips in second round action. Solorio also lost to Simeon in the Prep Bowl playoffs. 

 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

 

Aug. 24 vs Bogan

 

Sept. 1 vs Niles West

 

Sept. 7 @ Westinghouse

 

Sept. 14 @ Simeon

 

Sept. 21 vs Taft

 

Sept. 28 vs Lane Tech

 

Oct. 5 vs Curie

 

Oct. 12 @ Hubbard

 

Oct. 19 @ Perspectives

 

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Biggest storyline: Given the graduation of QB Quincy Patterson (Virginia Tech), can the Sun Warriors readjust and reload this fall?

 

Names to watch this season: WR/DB Messiah Travis (NIU) and WR/DB Ayinde Thompson

 

Biggest holes to fill: The Sun Warriors will need to find an answer for Elite 11 QB Quincy Patterson. They'll try to keep the ball rolling with first year head coach Bill Ziemba. Former head coach Matt Erlenbaugh took the Bartlett job.

 

EDGY's Early Take: Solorio has been on a nice roll over the past few seasons. They've been on the plus side of .500 every year of their existence (since 2012) and the last four seasons have resulted in IHSA playoff berths. Even though Patterson has moved on, the Sun Warriors still have talent on hand this fall.  If they can find a few answers over the summer, including on the offensive line, they have some athletes to compete with all challengers in the Public League and beyond this season. 

Edgy Tim's Preseason All-State Football Team

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Edgy Tim's Preseason All-State Football Team

With the kickoff of the 2017 IHSA football season upon us, it is time to take a look at my preseason All-State team. Here are the players to keep an eye on as the year unfolds: 

QB Quincy Patterson, Solorio (6-foot-3, 225 pounds): Va Tech commit. Elite 11 player is in line for a huge 2017 season.

RB Fotis Kokosioulis, Maine South (5-foot-8, 170 pounds): NIU commit. Runs with speed, quickness and power.

RB Geno Hess, Peoria (5-foot-9, 185 pounds): Southeast Missouri commit. Highly productive back in the Lions offense.

RB Jarrell Anderson, East St. Louis (5-foot-9, 180 pounds): Undecided. Huge threat is back again for the 7A state champs.

TE Luke Ford, Carterville (6-foot-7, 247 pounds): Undecided. Small school kid has Power 5 offers from across the country.

OL Trevor Keegan, Crystal Lake South (6-foot-5, 290 pounds): Undecided. Junior is already highly sought-after this fall. 

OL Jordyn Slaughter, Belleville Althoff (6-foot-6, 290 pounds): Illinois commit. Great work ethic and has an NFL-sized frame.

OL Jeff Jenkins, Prairie Ridge (6-foot-4, 275 pounds): Iowa commit. Big, strong and a very athletic leader for the Wolves.

OL Bryce Effner, Metea Valley (6-foot-5, 286 pounds): Penn State commit. One of the Midwest's top senior linemen.

OL Nick Marozas, Brother Rice (6-foot-5, 275 pounds): Indiana commit. CCL mauler also a leader on and off the field.

WR Micah Jones, Warren Township (6-foot-5, 205 pounds): Notre Dame commit. Has all the tools. An impressive kid as well.

WR Charles Robinson, Waubonsie Valley (6-foot-4, 220 pounds): NIU commit. Huge, recent steal for the Huskies 2018 class. 

ATH Samson Evans, Prairie Ridge (6-foot-1, 190 pounds): Iowa commit. Humble kid and a very impressive athlete.

K John Richardson, Brother Rice (5-foot-10, 170 pounds): NIU commit. Possesses one of the state's best legs.

KR/PR Justin Hall, Homewood-Flossmoor (5-foot-10, 180 pounds): NIU commit. Versatile multi-positional player. 

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DL Devin O'Rourke, Lincoln-Way East (6-foot-6, 230 pounds): Northwestern commit. Great length/size and huge upside.

DL Noah Shannon, Oswego (6-foot-2, 290 pounds): Iowa commit. Strong, quick and a very physical two-way starter.

DL Isaiah Lee, Nazareth Academy (6-foot-2, 280 pounds): Iowa State commit. Impressive non-stop grinder. 

DL Dashaun Mallory, Bolingbrook (6-foot-3, 272 pounds): Undecided. Quite simply, he just plays at a higher level.

DL Elijah Teague, Marist (6-foot-3, 292 pounds): Minnesota commit. Great mix of speed and power. He will fit in well at Minny.

LB Jack Sanborn, Lake Zurich (6-foot-2, 215 pounds): Wisconsin commit.  Two year All-State player. 

LB Jaylan Alexander, Hoffman Estates (6-foot-1, 225 pounds): Purdue commit. Leader for the Hawks also plays multi-positions.

DB Tyrik Henderson, Glenbard North (5-foot-10, 170 pounds): Minnesota commit. Hard-nosed player and a high level competitor.

DB Clayton Isbell, St. Charles East (6-foot-3, 200 pounds): Undecided. Talented athlete will play on both sides of the football this season.

DB Cameron Mitchell, Bolingbrook (5-foot-10, 175 pounds): Undecided. Class of 2019 standout is already drawing offers. 

DB Sebastian Castro, Richards (6-foot-1, 198 pounds): Undecided. Junior impact performer for one of the state's top programs.

P Caleb Griffin, Danville (6-foot-3, 185 pounds): Undecided. Exceptional leg strength can kick and punt equally well. 

ATH Joe Bonds, DeLaSalle (6-foot-3, 205 pounds): Western Michigan commit. Could play LB/DE at the college level. 

Recruiting News and Notes: Quincy Patterson racking up offseason accolades

Recruiting News and Notes: Quincy Patterson racking up offseason accolades

Quincy Patterson (QB), Solorio

Solorio three-star quarterback Quincy Patterson (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) continues to draw accolades this offseason. Patterson, who took part in the Nike Football The Opening regional camp held at Halas Hall last Sunday, was named the camp's Most Valuable Player at the quarterback position. Patterson, who is already verbally committed to Virginia Tech, will also take part in the prestigious Elite 11 quarterback camp held at the Nike's headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon this summer. The camp features Nike's Top 11 junior quarterbacks from across the country.

I'Shawn Stewart (WR), Bolingbrook

Bolingbrook three-star wide receiver I'Shawn Stewart (5-foot-11, 165 pounds) is getting closer to making a college decision.

"I would like to visit where coaches are most interested in me and where I feel welcome and somewhere I will fit in," Stewart told OrangeandBlueNews.com's Beth Long. “Some places will definitely be Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin."

Stewart also said that he's, "hoping to commit sometime near the end of the month."

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Bryce Effner (OT), Metea Valley

Metea Valley offensive tackle Bryce Effner (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) has continued to draw increased recruiting attention and now has scholarship offers from Big Ten schools. Effner has recently added offers from both Penn State and Minnesota.

"(Recruiting) has been pretty exciting," Effner said. "It seems like more and more coaches are interested."

Effner was hoping to have wrapped up spring college visits but that could change.

"I was going to stop making visits in April and focus on school and training," Effner said. "That's still my plan but if  things change most likely I'd go visit Iowa, Minnesota or Notre Dame."

Samson Evans (ATH), Prairie Ridge

It's looking like Prairie Ridge three-star athlete Samson Evans (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) is inching closer to making his college choice.

Evans, who plays quarterback for the Wolves and led the team to the 2016 Class 6A football state title, was asked when he could make a verbal commitment.

"It could be in late May or Early June."

Evans also has a handful of visits in mind this spring.

"I'm probably going to head up to Iowa again for a spring game and maybe Minnesota for another visit. I'm also going to the NIU spring game."