2017 Illinois Preview: Prairie Ridge

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Defending Illinois 6A champ Prairie Ridge, which finished No. 3 in the final 2016 High School Football America Illinois Top 10, is expected to have another solid season in 2017, thanks to the return of option quarterback Samson Evans, who is coming-off a junior season that saw him rush for over 2,220 yards and 43 touchdowns. He also threw for over 800 yards and 13 TDs.

Evans, who has given his verbal commitment to Iowa, is one of five starters returning on offense for head coach Chris Schremp, who is 120-50 in 15 years at the school, according to the Northwest Herald.

Evans will be helped-out by fellow Iowa-recruit Jeff Jenkins, who plays along the Wolves’ offense and defensive fronts. Jenkins is ranked as the No. 43 offensive guard college football prospect in America by 247Sports’ composite rankings.  He’s the considered the No. 16 overall prospect in Illinois.  Evans is ranked the No. 21 overall prospect in the state.

Prairie Ridge, which will be looking for its third state title in seven years, opens August 25th against rival Cary-Grove in the Fox Valley Conference.  Cary’s-Grove only league loss in 2016 was to Prairie Ridge.

High School Football America will release its Preseason Illinois Top 10 after Week 1 of the regular season.  Our Preseason National Top 100 will be released July 17.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.