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CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 13 Phillips

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 13 Phillips

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: 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. 

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor

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: Homewood-Flossmoor

Head coach: Craig Buzea

How they fared in 2016: 10-1 (7-0 Southwest Suburban Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Evanston then lost to Glenbard West in second-round action.

[MORE: CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings - No. 10 Palatine]

2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 vs. Michigan City, Indiana

Sept. 1 @ South Durham, North Carolina

Sept. 8 @ Stagg

Sept. 15 vs. Bolingbrook

Sept. 22 @ Lincoln-Way West

Sept. 28 vs. Lincoln-Way East

Oct. 6 vs. Bradley

Oct. 13 @ Andrew

Oct. 20 @ Sandburg

Biggest storyline: Can the Vikings get deep into the Class 8A state playoffs in 2017?

Names to watch this season: senior RB/DB Justin Hall (NIU), senior DL Jeff Griffin (NIU), senior LB Mario Wright II (Western Kentucky)

Biggest holes to fill: The Vikings will need to fill some important spots including the quarterback position this fall.

EDGY's early take: If any program can reload each year it's the Vikings under Buzea. The Vikings will look towards Hall, who can see action at any number of positions including returner. Griffin moved over from the offensive line, while Wright II is another name to watch along with junior defensive back Wynston Russell, a top Class of 2019 player who transferred in from De La Salle. Homewood-Flossmoor has the overall numbers, talent and depth to once again be a real threat in Class 8A this season.

Edgy's recruiting news and notes: Trevor Keegan tops 2019 recruits to watch

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Edgy's recruiting news and notes: Trevor Keegan tops 2019 recruits to watch

With just over a week before Kickoff 2017, here are some names to watch this season in the growing Illinois Class of 2019 recruiting class.

Crystal Lake South offensive tackle Trevor Keegan: Keegan is easily the top offensive line recruit in what is shaping up to be another "light" on offensive tackles group. Keegan (6-foot-6, 290 pounds) already has offers form the likes of Penn State, Michigan State, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota and could become a nationally sought after name as early as this fall.

Quincy running back Jirehl Brock: Brock, who is also a standout basketball player for the Blue Devils already has football verbal scholarship offers from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Missouri and Iowa State. He is a bigger back with very good speed and power. Brock (6-foot-0, 186 pounds) has called Iowa his early leader. Expect multiple schools to make a run at Brock starting this fall.

Momence defensive end Jason Bargy: Bargy, who already has a college size body/frame, is the definition of a recruit who passes the eye test. Bargy (6-foot-5, 231 pounds) is holding offers so far from Notre Dame, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota and Purdue. Expect even more Power 5 schools to get involved starting this season.

Immaculate Conception junior defensive end/outside linebacker Khali Saunders: Saunders, who is holding early scholarship offers from Iowa State, is a high level athlete type who could play multiple spots at the college level. Expect several Power 5 level schools to get more involved with Saunders (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) this fall.

Homewood-Flossmoor defensive back Wynston Russell: Russell (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) transferred into H-F this summer after playing for DeLaSalle in 2016 and already has early offers from UCLA, Iowa State and Western Michigan. He's also drawing serious looks from multiple Big Ten schools this past spring and summer.

Richards safety Sebastain Castro: Castro will give college coaches another look this season. Castro, who has early offers from Iowa, Minnesota, Syracuse and Indiana will also play quarterback this fall for the Bulldogs along with his safety duties. Castro (6-foot-1, 198 pounds) plans to make unofficial visits this fall to both Iowa and Minnesota this season.

Bolingbrook defensive back Cameron Mitchell: Mitchell (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) is holding early offers so far from Northwestern, NIU and Bowling Green and that list will only grow starting this fall.