Hotty Toddy: Treadwell picks Ole Miss

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Hotty Toddy: Treadwell picks Ole Miss

Speaking in front of an assembled mass of reporters at Crete-Monee High School in Crete, Ill., heralded preps football prospect Laquon Treadwell announced Thursday that will attend Ole Miss in the fall.
The commitment is not official until Treadwell submits his letter of intent on National Signing Day, Feb 6., yet for all intents and purposes the announcement marks the end of a recruiting process that saw 30 different schools offer a scholarship to the top-ranked high school wide receiver in the nation, according to ESPN, Rivals and MaxPreps.
Through the recruiting process, Treadwell showed interest in Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Michigan, making multiple visits to the campus of each school. But in the end, Treadwell opted for Ole Miss, where he will join former Crete-Monee teammate Anthony Standifer.
The recruiting blitz for Treadwell was spurred by a high school career that included back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons, Chicago-area Player of the Year honors from the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, and a victory over Cary-Grove in the 2012 Class 6A Illinois State Championshipthe first IHSA title for the school in any sport.
Treadwells banner senior season highlighted by a championship game performance where he caught six passes, scored two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) on plays over 55 yards, and intercepted a pass on defense saw him listed in the top ten in multiple recruiting services lists of top high school prospects in the country. Not since Proviso Wests Kyle Prater in 2010 has an Illinois prep football player garnered ratings as high.
While a high school football career with over 3,600 receiving yards is now in the rear view mirror, Treadwell isnt done yet at Crete-Monee. He is a starting forward for the schools boys basketball team, and after missing a game last week to visit Oklahoma State, Treadwell should have at least one less distraction to deal with.

64 Days To Kickoff: Crystal Lake South

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64 Days To Kickoff: Crystal Lake South

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: Crystal Lake South

Head Coach: Rob Fontana

How they fared in 2016: 3-6 (2-6 Fox Valley conference), failed to qualify for the 2016 IHSA state playoffs.

[MORE: 65 Days To Kickoff: Taft]

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 – @ McHenry

Sept. 1 – vs Crystal Lake Central

Sept. 8 – @ Jacobs

Sept. 15 - vs Prairie Ridge

Sept. 22 - @ Dundee-Crown

Sept. 29 – vs Hampshire

Oct. 6 - @ Cary-Grove

Oct. 13 - vs Huntley

Oct. 20 - vs West Chicago

Biggest storyline: Can the Gators get out of the gate quicker in 2017?

Names to watch this season: Junior OL Trevor Keegan and Senior RB/LB Kyle Leva

Biggest holes to fill: The Gators will need plenty of guys to step up, especially in the offensive skills department. Senior RB Kyle Leva the only returning starter back from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: With an offensive line that --at least size-wise-- could double as a major college line, it's safe to say that Crystal lake South will look to run the football a bit in 2017. If the newer offensive skills players can develop and help the Gators avoid a slow start (0-4 out of the gate in 2016), this team has the potential to be as strong as the upper tier FVC teams this fall. 
 

NIU picks up seventh in-state commitment for 2018 class with Palatine linebacker Cortez Hogans

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NIU picks up seventh in-state commitment for 2018 class with Palatine linebacker Cortez Hogans

Rod Carey's staff has been putting in overtime on the recruiting front over the past few weeks and Wednesday night added its seventh known in-state verbal commitment when Palatine outside linebacker Cortez Hogans pledged to the Huskies.

"NIU just has a lot to offer," Hogans said. "I really like all of the coaches at NIU. They all seem like good guys and guys who can help me grow and develop. NIU is also close to home, and my family and friends can get to see me play in college. I was also really impressed at how hard they work at NIU. I was able to go see a few practices in person, and they just really go hard and get after it every day. NIU also offers strong academics, and everything just seemed to come together for me at NIU."

Hogans is the seventh known in-state verbal commitment in NIU's Class of 2018. Hogans joins Andrew defensive end Mike DeHaan, Decatur MacArthur wide receiver Amir Brummett, Rich Central wide receiver Jyran Mitchell, Plainfield East defensive end Jack Sullivan, Phillips defensive tackle Queneil Morrison and Maine South running back Fotis Kokosioulis.