Troy McAllister

High School Lites Podcast: Parity or Parody? Will the Real McCoys show up after Week 1 chaos?


High School Lites Podcast: Parity or Parody? Will the Real McCoys show up after Week 1 chaos?

In this edition of CSN Chicago’s High School Lites podcast: Is it a matter of parity...or parody? Is it a changing of the guard among the prep football elite or is it simple a matter of heart, hustle and muscle?

There were quite a few upsets — and eye-opening scores — in Week 1 of IHSA football action. One of those head-turning games was Phillips’ huge win over Loyola at Gately Stadium. Wildcats head coach Troy McCallister checks in on the podcast with Joe Collins, Jared Storck and “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran. The guys also preview the upcoming matchups on Friday’s High School Lites.

Check out the entire podcast here:

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 13 Phillips

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 13 Phillips 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: Phillips

Head coach: Troy McAllister

How they fared in 2016: 11-2 (5-0 CPL Illini Land of Lincoln Conference), made the Class 4A state playoff field, beat Kewanee, Aurora Central Catholic and Herscher before losing to Johnsburg in the semifinal round.

[MORE: CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings - No. 14 Mount Carmel]

2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 26 vs. Loyola Academy

Sept. 1 @ Richards

Sept. 9 vs. Simeon *Gately*

Sept. 17 @ Westinghouse

Sept. 22 vs. Vocational *Mandrake*

Sept. 29 vs. South Shore *Mandrake*

Oct. 6 vs. Raby *Mandrake*

Oct. 13 @ Solorio

Oct. 20 CPL Playoffs

Biggest storyline: How well can Phillips fare in the regular season and then potentially in Class 3A this year?

Names to watch this season: senior QB J'Bore Gibbs (South Dakota State), senior RB/LB Craig Elmore

Biggest holes to fill: Phillips has experience back all over the field, but the Wildcats will need to replace three graduated starters on the offensive line.

EDGY's early take: The Wildcats just seem to find a way to reload year in and year out and will once again be one of the top teams in the Chicago Public League this season. Class 3A? According to the preseason projections (final classes aren't determined until Playoff Pairings Night), the Wildcats appear to be headed towards Class 3A after being a power in Class 4A over the past four seasons. Keep an eye on the early schedule for the Wildcats which is loaded and includes 8A power Loyola, 6A power Richards and a Week 3 showdown with Simeon. 

Recruiting News and Notes: Micah Jones nearing college decision

Recruiting News and Notes: Micah Jones nearing college decision

Micah Jones (WR), Warren Township

Warren Township four-star ranked wide receiver Micah Jones (6-foot-5, 196 pounds) will make his college decision in a press conference at 3 p.m. on Friday at his high school. Jones, who has several Power 5 offers, has named Iowa, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Illinois and Northwestern as his finalists. Jones' last two recent unofficial campus visits came at Notre Dame and Northwestern.

Mount Carmel (ATH), Alek Thomas

Mount Carmel junior athlete Alek Thomas (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) recently gave TCU his verbal commitment to play both football and baseball in college. Thomas, who played running back and quarterback for Hall of Fame head coach Frank Lenti's Caravan last fall, is also one of the top baseball prospects in the Class of 2018. Playing both sports in college was a high priority for Thomas.

"Playing both sports in college has always been my dream,"Thomas said. "TCU offered me that opportunity, but they also offer so much more. TCU has great facilities, great coaches and it's just a really good overall fit for me. They also have a history of having multi-sport athletes so they have experience dealing with it and they are comfortable with the idea. TCU from the football side is looking at me as more of a slot back along with returning kicks and punts."

Queneil Morrison (DT), Phillips

Phillips head coach Troy McAllister has yet another FBS recruit in junior defensive tackle Queneil Morrison (6-foot-2, 300 pounds). 

"I have offers now from NIU, Bowling Green and Toledo," Morrison said. "My first offer was from NIU was awhile ago and it's exciting to hear from new schools."

Morrison plans to make his first unofficial visit to NIU on Saturday.

Scholarship notes

A handful of local Class of 2018 players have added multiple scholarship offers over the past few weeks. Glenbard North defensive back Greg Newsome (6-foot-2, 170 pounds) is quickly approaching 20 verbal offers with his latest offers coming from Vanderbilt and Purdue. Lincoln-Way East defensive end Devin O'Rourke (6-foot-6, 250 pounds) recently added offers from Penn State, Rutgers and Iowa. Marist has three players who have added multiple offers so far this winter in defensive tackle Elijah Teague (6-foot-3, 292 pounds), tight end TJ Ivy (6-foot-5, 217 pounds) and defensive end Gavin McCabe (6-foot-3, 255 pounds). Western Michigan offered all three Redhawks scholarships on Wednesday morning.