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EDGY Tim catches up with Wisconsin QB commit Ben Bryant

EDGY Tim catches up with Wisconsin QB commit Ben Bryant

When you think about the Wisconsin Badgers style of offense, it's pretty easy to see Lyons Township junior three-star ranked quarterback Ben Bryant (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) fitting in very well in Madison.

Bryant, who gave the Badgers his verbal commitment last summer after impressing the Badgers coaches at a satellite camp held at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, is a big, strong and physical pocket passer type who just stays calm under pressure. He doesn't seem to seek out the spotlight yet also never shies away from competition no matter the sport.

Bryant these days couldn't be happier to have already made his college decision while still being 11 months from actually signing his Letter of Intent. Bryant has already been a part of the football recruiting process for over a year and was more than ready to make his decision.

I caught up with Bryant at the Fifth Annual Franklin Dodgeball Madness Tournament at Franklin Middle School in Wheaton. Proceeds from the tournament benefited the school, the DuPage Hundred Club, Team Red, White and Blue and The Pat Tillman Foundation.

Watch the following video above.

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 10 Palatine

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 10 Palatine 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 @CSNPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Palatine

Head coach: Corey Olson

How they fared in 2016: 12-1 (5-0 Mid Suburban West Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Notre Dame, Lyons Township and St. Charles East before losing to Maine South in the semifinal round

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 vs. Stevenson

Sept. 1 at Wheeling

Sept. 8 at Evanston

Sept. 15 vs. Maine South

Sept. 22 at Schaumburg

Sept. 28 vs. Barrington

Oct. 6 at Fremd

Oct. 13 vs. Conant

Oct. 20 vs. Hoffman Estates

Biggest storyline: Can the Pirates win big again in 2017?

Names to watch: Senior linebacker Cortez Hogans, senior wide receiver Johnny O'Shea, senior defensive end Bryant Smith

Biggest holes to fill: The Pirates need to replace a handful of top names from last season, including graduated quarterback Zach Oles.

EDGY's Early Take: Palatine has a new head coach this season in former Palatine assistant coach Corey Olson takes over from Rick Splitt, who stepped down from the position last winter. Palatine  had a terrific run last season and return several key performers this fall on both sides of the football. While any transition to a new coach can potentially have some issues, this is a veteran staff with a team loaded with varsity experience that will make the new adjustment work this fall.

CSN kicks off its extensive coverage of the 2017-18 Illinois High School sports season


CSN kicks off its extensive coverage of the 2017-18 Illinois High School sports season

Special ‘Football Preview’ season premiere edition of “High School Lites presented by Wintrust” (hosted by Kelly Crull) to debut Friday, August 18 at 11:00 PM CT

CSN live stream available on or via the NBC Sports app

Prairie Ridge Wolves, the defending IHSA Class 6A state champion, to be the featured team this year on the network’s exclusive, behind-the-scenes team spotlight segment “DRIVE”

Network to also present a brand new “Faith in Football: History of the Chicago Catholic League presented by Wintrust” documentary series chronicling a century of action on the gridiron

Fans are urged to follow the @CSNDrive Twitter handle for the latest Prairie Ridge scores, analysis and photos, along with 24/7 state-wide IHSA updates via @CSNPreps

“Edgy” Tim O’Halloran and Scott Phillips return for their fifth seasons as CSN’s local preps sports experts

New Preps Talk podcast, featuring in-depth interviews with coaches, players and famous Chicagoland alumni to also debut this month

Chicago, IL (August 14, 2017) – CSN Chicago (CSN), the home of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Championships, is ready to bring its viewers another action-packed season of expert local preps sports coverage, featuring many of the very best student-athletes in the nation.  Note the following highlights/details for the upcoming IHSA preps season on CSN:

HIGH SCHOOL LITES presented by Wintrust (“Football Preview” season premiere – Friday, August 18 at 11:00 PM CT)

Hosted by Kelly Crull, High School Lites presented by Wintrust continues to be THE weekly destination for all the thrilling highlights from the area’s biggest preps match-ups, along with post-game interviews featuring the area’s top coaches and players. In addition to in-depth video highlights, High School Lites will profile exemplary student-athletes who are excelling on and off the playing surface in High School Lites’ “Wintrust Athlete of The Week” segment, while distinguished teams will be profiled in the show’s “Team of the Week” segment, presented by St. Xavier University.

Continuing this season, High School Lites will offer fans the chance to get interactive with the show by participating in the “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” The wildly popular week-long poll will pit three Chicagoland matchups against one another. Fans are encouraged to vote via @CSN Preps for the game they want CSN Chicago to cover on Friday night. The winning matchup will be profiled in a special segment in the show. In addition, fans will also be given the opportunity to request the game that “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran (football) and Scott Phillips (basketball) cover each Friday night by utilizing the hashtag #SendEdgy and #FollowPhilips, respectively. For year-round IHSA coverage, be sure to follow our Twitter handle @CSNPreps.

NOTES: Every airing of High School Lites will also be live streamed on or via the NBC Sports app…the show shifts to Saturday nights in November to accommodate IHSA Football playoff match-ups…beginning Friday, December 1, High School Lites shifts its key focus to preps basketball.


In every weekly airing of High School Lites this season, preps fans can look forward to a brand new season of its acclaimed, behind-the-scenes, unprecedented all-access feature series entitled, “DRIVE.” This fall’s featured team will be the Prairie Ridge Wolves, who are coming off an exciting 6A state championship last season. The Wolves, who play in the competitive Fox Valley conference, feature two standout players who have given their commitments to Iowa – quarterback Samson Evans and offensive lineman Jeff Jenkins – who co-anchor a scoring unit that racked up an average of 50 points per game in 2016. Prairie Ridge will be seeking their third state championship in the last seven years. NOTE: Every episode of “DRIVE” will be made available for viewing on immediately following its on-air debut.


CSN’s comprehensive documentary will take a look back at the moments that defined the most dominant football conference in the state over the past 100 years. The evolution of the conference and key figures who have helped shape it will be highlighted in a unique way for fans of all ages to enjoy throughout the season. Special vignettes will be featured throughout the fall in High School Lites, on and on CSN’s social media platforms with the full feature being presented to fans in October.


Veteran Illinois high school football sports writer/recruiting authority “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran (@EDGYTIM) returns for his fifth season as a contributing reporter for High School Lites. O’Halloran’s CSN Preps Power Rankings (@CSNPreps), players & coaches profiles and recruiting updates can be found at  In addition, O’Halloran’s content is also featured on’s partner site, Scott Phillips (@phillipshoops) also returns for his fifth season as a contributing reporter for High School Lites and will take center stage this upcoming basketball season. Phillips is also a key contributor to’s “CollegeBasketballTalk.”


Starting August 16, the CSN Chicago preps reporting team will bring prep sports fans a new, weekly podcast. Hosted by Joe Collins (@JoeCSN) and Jared Storck (@jaredstorck) with appearances by “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran and Scott Phillips, the podcast will feature the latest storylines, game previews, recruiting analysis and special interviews with Chicagoland high school alumni. Fans are encouraged to listen along at


For the sixth-straight year, CSN Chicago and the IHSA will present the IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Show LIVE on Saturday, October 21 at 8:00 PM. Brackets will be unveiled as 256 Illinois teams, from 1A to 8A, will find out their first round opponent. This two-hour show will also be streamed live on and the NBC Sports app.


Fans are urged to visit’s dedicated Preps section ( for the latest Preps Power Rankings, Illinois AP rankings, special segment video features, the latest IHSA news, game highlights and recaps, special mid-week segments previewing the upcoming week’s action featuring detailed analytical breakdowns from “Edgy Tim” O’Halloran and Scott Phillips, and much more.


Social media fans can follow the network’s @CSNDrive Twitter handle for the latest Prairie Ridge scores, highlights, players & coaches interviews, and analysis. Fans can follow the school’s Twitter handle (@PrairieRidge), along with the school’s dedicated football Twitter handle (@PrairieRidgeFB) and utilize the hashtag #DriveWolves. In addition, @CSNPreps will provide fans with the latest statewide updates throughout the scholastic year, which will include Power Rankings, scores, analysis, and viewer/reader Twitter photos from game day.