••••+ Taylor Graham 6-4, 215, 4.8 Wheaton North
He is the son of former Prep Football Report 1986 Midwest Player of the Year and New York Giant, Kent Graham.
On Film–He only played in 4½ games last season due to a broken ankle but looked outstanding in those 4½ games and looked even better this spring at some quarterback combines and became one of the hottest tickets in town. I have watched Taylor play a couple of times and I was impressed with his arm strength, poise, smarts, and ability to throw from the pocket. He is big and will get bigger, has a strong arm which will get stronger, and is a student of the game. He recognizes defenses and rarely forces the ball. He can get rid of the ball quickly, has a compact release, and seems to have a feel for where the ball has to be on almost every throw. He can throw the deep out on authority. Not a runner but he is comfortable moving around the pocket until he spots and open receiver.
Stats–He completed 33 of 70 passes for 460 yds and 6 TDs and one pick in 4½ games last season.
Grades–His GPA is 3.1 and he scored a 27 on his ACT.
Favorite Schools–Committed to OHIO STATE.
••••+ Sean Robinson 6-4, 208, 4.6 Rochester
He is the #1 prospect downstate.
On Film–Sean is a good combination of size, strength, and speed. He shows the ability to make all the throws and with some zip on them. He also shows the ability to move well in the pocket, and once he decides to take off, that's when the fun starts. Shows good pocket awareness, he can be deadly while throwing on the run. He is a hard worker who improves with every game. He also shows a lot of poise when under pressure, he does not panic or force passes, and shows a willingness to leave the pocket and take off.
Stats–He threw for 1,578 yds and ran for 1,023 yds totaling 28 TDs and was picked off 8 times. As a sophomore he caught 62 passes for 1,058 yds and 12 TDs at WR. He is the #1 prospect in the Springfield area and one of the nation's finest QB's.
Favorite Schools–Committed to PURDUE.
•••• Chandler Whitmer 6-1, 185, 4.7 Downers Grove South
Here's a QB who appears to have everything except great height.
On Film–He is as accurate as they come with big-time arm strength, fundamentally sound with great pocket awareness, and he can get the ball downfield accurately and also with some zip. He also has a nice touch on his passes, he throws a tight spiral, and is a leader both on and off the field. He has a quick set up and goes through his progressions well. He does very well reading coverages and rarely forces the ball.
Stats–He completed 103 of 184 passes for 1,500 yds and 13 TDs and was picked off 4 times in '08. For over the past two years he has thrown for 2,701 yds and 31 TDs.
Grades–His GPA is 3.3. Benches 260 and has a 32" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to ILLINOIS.
•••• John Whitelaw 6.0, 175, 4.6 Hinsdale Central
I know what you are saying, four stars for a player who has yet to have a major offer?
On Film–All I'm saying is watch this young man on film, he's dual-threat who can run and pass with the best of them. He makes plays on the run better than most of the QBs I've seen. He is a field general with poise in the pocket, never panics when pressured, and shows the athleticism and footwork to quickly get out of the pocket and make strong and accurate throws while on the run. He is a left-handed QB who operates from the spread. He dominated the state championship game totaling over 400 yds and 3 TDs.
Stats–He threw for 2,250 yds and 20 TDs and was picked off 6 times. He also ran for 1,330 yds and 20 TDs in '08.
Grades–His GPA is a perfect 5.0 and he scored a 28 on the ACT.
Favorite Schools–NORTHWESTERN, STANFORD, VANDY, DUKE, IL, IN, PENN, HARVARD, VA, NC, MIAMI of OHIO, and MIAMI U.
•••• Miles Osei 6-0, 190, 4.5 Mount Prospect
Here is another ball player who certainly deserves his four stars.
On Film–He is one of the more exciting offensive players in the Midwest. He is a joy to watch with the ball in his hands whether he is throwing it or running with it. He has always gotten great production and all he does is win. He is tough as nails, does a good job of locating open receivers, and delivers a nice catchable ball. He reads defenses well and can make big plays with his feet. A dynamic signal caller who will, believe me, become a dynamic signal caller at the college level.
Stats–He threw for 2,238 yds and 22 TDs and was picked off just twice completing 145 of 225 passes. He also ran for 1,237 yds and 18 TDs averaging 7.2 yds per carry. He is a high school version of Pat White.
Other Sports–He batted .389 as an outfielder in baseball.
Grades–His GPA is over 3.0 and he scored a 24 on the ACT.
Favorite Schools–NORTHERN IL, FL, PURDUE, IN, IL, NORTHWESTERN, AIR FORCE, NAVY, and COLUMBIA.
•••+ Tom Rees 6-3, 190, 4.9 Lake Forest
I met Tom's father, Bill Rees, back in 1979 when he started out as a recruiting coordinator at UCLA. Now 30 years later, his son is one of the most recruited QB prospects in the Midwest.
On Film–Tom is a pro-style QB who is very comfortable in the pocket. Not a runner but he shows quick feet and the ability to make the first defender miss. He shows a strong and accurate arm, reads defenses well, and shows solid mechanics. He can hit receivers in stride and has a nice touch on his ball. He is a coach on the field who rarely throws the ball up for grabs. One of the more accurate passers in the Midwest.
Stats–He completed 180 of 330 passes for 2,031 yds and 21 TDs and was picked off 13 times.
Grades–His GPA is 3.5.
Favorite Schools–Committed to NOTRE DAME.
••• Brandon Pechloff 6-6, 230, 4.9 Lombard Montini Catholic
In person he looks like an NFL tight end.
On Film–There just isn't much film of Brandon since he was a back-up QB on an 11-1 state quarter finalist team. However, he has a strong showing this spring and now the college scouts are starting to take notice. He has a very strong arm, great size, vision, and is mechanically sound. He would be better suited to play in a pro-style offense. He can see the field and everyone around the Montini program believes he has a solid future at the QB position. Good things are expected of him in the '09 season and I believe Brandon will deliver. Looking at Brandon, if he doesn't make it at QB, he certainly seems to have the athletic ability to make it at either TE or DE.
Stats–He was 17 of 27 for 249 yds and 3 TDs in '08.
Grades–His GPA is 2.6 and he scored a 21 on the ACT. Benches 250 and has a 30" VJ.
Favorite Schools–IL, CENTRAL MI, WESTERN MI, MI STATE, PURDUE, IN, IA, CINCY, and UCONN.
••• Thomas Rose 6-0, 180, 4.7 McHenry East
He is not the tallest QB around but certainly one of the more productive ones.
On Film–Tom shows a quick release, pin-point accuracy, reads defenses well, shows good arm strength, and is very comfortable in the pocket. He shows elusive moves when being rushed and throws well while on the run. For example, just check out the Jacobs game in which he threw the winning touchdown with six seconds left. Very cool under pressure, he's an outstanding athlete who can play QB or DB at the next level.
Stats–He completed 67 of 93 passes for 1,052 yds and 10 TDs.
Grades–His GPA is 3.3 and he scored a 23 on the ACT. Benches 230.
Favorite Schools–IA, DUKE, IL, UCLA, AZ, and NE.
••• Daron Brown 6-1, 195, 4.4 Chicago Morgan Park
He is one of the more athletic QB prospects in the Chicago area.
On Film–Daron put together one solid junior campaign in his first year at QB. I believe he could be a four-star prospect if he switches to WR or DB. In fact, he was a WR as a sophomore earning All-League honors. He runs a spread offense at QB showing a pretty good arm and outstanding running skills. Once he decides to take off with the ball, look out, that's when the fun starts.
Stats–He rushed for over 1,000 yds and threw for over 1,000 yds in '08.
Other Sports–He is one of the state's top hurdlers in track. He was city champion in the high hurdles as a freshman, sophomore, and junior.
Grades–His GPA is 4.6 on a 4.0 scale.
Favorite Schools–NORTHERN IL, IL, PURDUE, IN, and WI.
Darvell Harris 6-1, 160, 4.6 Chicago Dunbar
He is one of the up and coming QB prospects in the Chicago area.
On Film–Vello played varsity ball as a freshman and really improved over the past two years. He is an athletic QB who throws very well while on the run, and shows good arm strength and excellent and running skills. He can throw the ball over 60 yds.
Other Sports–He has been timed in a 23 flat 200 meters in track and averages 23 pts and 6 rebounds a game as a starting guard in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0.
Favorite Schools–OH STATE, USC, DUKE, LSU, IL, MN, PURDUE, and IN.
Other Quarterbacks to Watch:
Tom Gibson 6-1, 175, 4.7 Chicago Brother Rice
Mike Perrish 6-3, 185, 4.7 Chicago Marist
Peter Rantis 6-3, 190, 4.65 Lake Zurich
John Ryan 6-0, 200, 4.5 Oak Lawn Richards
Billy VandeMerkt 6-1, 170, 4.6 Riverside Brookfield-Brookfield
Cam Meredith 6-3, 185, 4.8 Westchester St. Joseph
Julian Sipiora 6-1, 185, 4.8 Arlington Heights St. Viator
Jim Garoppolo 6-3, 210, 4.5 Rolling Meadows
Tyler Benz 6-3, 210, 4.9 Park Ridge Main South
William Crowder 6-3, 180, 4.5 Maywood Proviso East
•••+ Milton Greer 5-11, 195, 4.49 Chicago Mt. Carmel
Believe it or not, Milton was an NG on the sophomore team and then moved to RB the second half of that season and the rest is history.
On Film–He is a good combination of size, speed, and vision. He does a great job of following his blockers, shows good cutting ability, and excellent leg strength. A difficult tackle, he shows the speed to take the ball to the outside and the hands to become an all-around back.
Stats–He carried the ball 137 times for 1,157 yds and 19 TDs averaging 8.3 yds per carry.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5. Benches 275 and has a 37" VJ.
Favorite Schools–MN, GA, LSU, PURDUE, IN, MI STATE, WI, and IA.
•••+ Giorgio Bowers 5-9, 200, 4.59 Olympia Fields Rich Central
Small but explosive, he is not super fast but super quick.
On Film–On film this powerhouse has proven to be one of the more dependable backs in the area. He shows great vision, leg power, strong hands, and deceptive speed. He is blessed with enormous strength and defenders have one heck of a time bringing #4 down. He also played SS, LB, and CB for the Olympians. He will fit perfectly into a spread offense because of his strong hands and elusiveness.
Stats–He carried the ball 104 times for 1,175 yds and 15 TDs, and caught 5 passes for 185 yds and 1 score. He also totaled 32 tackles on defense.
Grades–His GPA is 2.6. Benches 385 and has a 33" VJ.
Favorite Schools–KY, CINCY, IA STATE, NORTHERN IL, and IL.
•••+ Jamel Martin 6-0, 195, 4.42 Bolingbrook
He was off to an outstanding start his junior year before an ankle injury put him out of action the last three games of the season.
On Film–Head coach John Ivlow says Jamel has the potential to be as good as former Bolingbrook star Dale Martin. He is a good combination of size, strength, speed, and vision. An aggressive and quick back, he shows good change of direction ability, can hit the cutback lanes quickly, and is just as productive outside as he is between the tackles. He shows good acceleration and body lean.
Stats–He rushed for 720 yds and 9 TDs averaging over 7 yds per carry in '08.
Grades–His GPA is 2.4 and he scored an 18 on the ACT. Benches 300 and has a 37" VJ.
Favorite Schools–IN, PURDUE, BALL STATE, CO STATE, MIAMI of OHIO, MN, and MI STATE.
•••+ LaSteven McKinney 5-9, 175, 4.4 LaGrange Park Nazareth
This young man kind of reminds me of two other Chicago-area players who made it big in the NFL, Garrett Wolf and Michael Turner. They are both ball players who were overlooked by almost every major school in the country except Northern Illinois and the same could be happening to Mr. McKinney.
On Film–He is short but explosive. He is super quick with great hands and is a very shifty back who is able to break tackles. As versatile as they come, he can also block. He does whatever the coach asks. His coach, Tim Racky, believes he is best suited to be an RB on a single-spread offense. Never gets knocked backwards, he always seems to be moving ahead and he gets an awful lot of yards after initial contact. I really like this young man and believe he has what it takes to make a great contribution at the college level.
Stats–Carried the ball 151 times for 1,126 yds and 19 TDs averaging over 8 yds per carry and has not fumbled over the past two years. He also caught 15 passes for 300 yds and 4 scores. He played a little bit at CB where he totaled 2 tackles.
Other Sports–He has been timed in a 10.7 100 and a 21.8 200 meters and has long jumped 21½' in track.
Grades–His GPA is 2.2 and he scored a 20 on the ACT. He benches 300 and has a 33" VJ.
Favorite Schools–IA, PURDUE, IL, IN, BALL STATE, WESTERN MI, FL, MI STATE, EASTERN IL, C. MI, and EASTERN MI.
•••+ Matt Perez 5-11, 205, 4.55 Park Ridge Main South
If you are looking for a complete back look no further than Mr. Perez.
On Film–This guy is the perfect compliment to a spread offense QB who can run with speed, and shows strength, vision, and balance. In the state final game he carried the ball 18 times for 120 yds and 3 TDs in Main South's 41-21 victory of Hinsdale Central. Head Coach Dave Inserria calls Matt "the best running back I've ever coached". His balance is uncanny as is his strength and ability to break tackles.
Stats–He rushed for 1,210 yds and 23 TDs and accounted for 2,300 all-purpose yds and 31 TDs. He caught 26 passes for 500 yds and 6 TDs.
Grades–His GPA is 2.8.
•••+ Darryl Shepherd 6-1, 205, 4.5 Evanston Township
This gentleman certainly has the size and speed to garner attention from the college scouts.
On Film–He shows the kind of quickness and balance to get outside in a hurry. A powerful runner, he can break tackles and when he is on, he is very tough to bring down. Once he gets up a full head of steam, he shows the outstanding instincts to cut on a dime and create in the open field. Not yet a difference maker, he needs to become more focused and consistent. If he wants it he could become an all-star.
Stats–He earned some All-League honors in '08. Darryl is also a standout LB who totaled 55 tackles and 5 sacks last season.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5.
••• Evan Wright 6-1, 195, 4.5 Palatine Fremd
He is a good sized back with a world of athletic ability who can run, catch, and block.
On Film–He shows good change of direction and runs with power, vision, and some moves. A hard-working and smart back, he can block and catch. The most explosive player in his conference, he came on strong the second half of last season and big things are expected of him this fall.
Stats–He threw close to 1,000 yds and 13 TDs in '08 and also returned 3 kickoffs back for scores.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5 and he scored a 21 on the ACT. Benches 255.
Favorite Schools–WESTERN MI, IL, IN, IL STATE, AKRON, NORTHWESTERN, and MN.
••• Damasgus Wilson 5-10, 185, 4.5 North Chicago
This school has always had a lot of great players which include Michael Turner. You can expect more coming out of this program now that they have Glen Kozlowski, former Chicago Bear, as Head Coach.
On Film–Dam shows big-time ability at both the RB and LB positions. He is not super fast but has an uncanny knack for finding the open seam. More of a between-the-tackles type back and a north/south runner, he has perfected the stiff arm and running people over.
Stats–Carried the ball 70 times for 700 yds and 11 TDs in '08. He also totaled 50 tackles at LB and returned 3 punts back for scores.
Other Sports–He has been timed in an 11.3 100 and 24 flat 200 meters in track.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5. Benches 235.
Favorite Schools–IN, IL, PURDUE, UCLA, NORTHERN IL, and BALL STATE.
••• Nick Campanella 5-10, 195, 4.6 Lombard Montini
Keep your eye on this young man.
On Film–#24 is a good open-field runner who shows sharp cuts. He sees the whole field and shows the speed and balance to make it at the next level. He also has a great pair of hands. He played his first three years of high school at the powerhouse Driscoll.
Stats–He carried the ball 120 times for 1,200 yds and 18 TDs averaging 10 yds per carry. He also caught 46 passes for 632 yds and 6 TDs. One of the more well-rounded backs in the state.
Grades–His GPA is 3.4 and he scored a 22 on the ACT. Benches 265 and he has a 36" VJ.
Favorite Schools–NORTHWESTERN, ISU, EIU, BALL STATE, PURDUE, IN, MIAMI of OHIO, and NORTHERN IL.
••• Denzel Stewart 5-10, 175, 4.5 Champaign Central
He had a great junior campaign and big things are expected of him this year.
On Film–He is not the biggest or the fastest back around but is certainly one of the more productive ones. A shifty runner, he is more of a slasher with excellent vision and determination.
Stats–He rushed for 1,555 yds and 20 TDs last season averaging 7.7 yds per carry.
Martez Walker 5-9, 180, 4.5 Chicago Brother Rice
He turned a lot of heads as a freshman last season, particularly in the St. Rita game. He has the potential to become one of the more dominating RB's in the Midwest within three years.
On Film–I am impressed with his vision, balance, and surprising strength. A good all-around athlete who can create in the open field and has the burst to get outside.
Other Sports–He averages 15 pts and 5 rebounds a game as a shoot guard in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 225.
Favorite Schools–At this very early stage he would love to hear from USC, OH STATE, MIAMI, TN, OK, and IL.
Andrew Walker 5-9, 180, 4.6 Chicago Brother Rice
He is another underclassman.
On Film–He has decent size, strength, excellent vision, agility, and football smarts. He shows a lot of patience, follows his blockers well, and can run through arm tackles.
Other Sports–He has been timed in an 11.5 100 and a 23 flat 200 meters and has long jumped 20' in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.6. Benches 250.
Favorite Schools–USC, OK, FL, MI STATE, OH STATE, and TN.
Terry Baggett 6-0, 200, 4.5 Chicago Whitney Young
From the high school that brought you Russell Maryland comes one of their first big-time prospects in 20 years.
On Film–Terry had played QB, RB, TE, LB, SS, and CB and played them all well. A versatile athlete, he has the burst, speed, vision, and balance. He might be better suited to play RB at the next level and is an explosive ball player.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0.
Other Running Backs to Watch:
Jahwon Akui 5-5, 165, 4.4 Chicago St. Rita
Marcus Hurt 5-11, 180, 4.5 Chicago Dunbar
Darnell Swanigan 5-9, 180, 4.4 Maywood Proviso East
Dante Tolbert 5-9, 180, 4.4 Harvey Thornton
Danny Hayes 5-9, 160, 4.6 Lamont
Carlos Rodriguez 5-10, 230, 4.65 Elmhurst Immaculate Conception
Colin Masterson 6-1, 190, 4.5 Crystal Lake South
••••• Kyle Prater 6-4½, 205, 4.53 Hillside Proviso West
He is one of the nation's premiere wide receivers.
On Film–I don't believe there is a better receiver the country that can do more with the slant than Mr. Prater. I went to the Proviso East game last fall because scout Ray Hamilton had recommended that I go see Mr. Prater. I did and came away knowing that he was an All American. I mentioned that to the Chicago Sun Times the next day and that I thought he was one of the best receivers I have seen in the past 10 years to come out of the Chicago area. Now most of the country's college coaches believe the same. What I saw was a player that runs pretty good routes, catches everything within reach, shows big hands, deceptive speed, and he is a load to bring down. In the game he was covered by All American Corey Cooper and a CB but that didn't stop Kyle from having a big game. He does what he does best; comes off the ball quickly with speed and strength, gets in and out of his cuts quickly, catches the ball, and then turns up field in a flash. He always takes what the defense gives him. He will become a red-zone receiver in college and a big-play WR who should become a difference maker if he makes the right choice. His Head Coach Famous Hulbert, who played at LB at Illinois, says Kyle reminds him of Randy Moss. I have seen then both; size wise Kyle is a little thicker but Randy had close to world-class speed.
Stats–He caught 60 passes for 948 yds and 9 TDs averaging 15.8 yds per catch in '08.
Other Sports–He averages 11 pts and 8 rebounds a game as an FSW in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.3. Benches 295 and has a 38" VJ.
Favorite Schools–He wants to go to school with Cory Cooper, who is committed to Illinois, so the Illini are sitting pretty but keep an eye on PURDUE, IA, NOTRE DAME, TN, USC, and OK.
•••• Keith Sconiers 6-1, 166, 4.4 Oak Lawn Richards
He is a skinny looking WR.
On Film–He shows very good speed, strong hands, and great hand-eye coordination. He always seems to get the job done, knows how to get himself open, can catch the ball at its highest point and hit the ground running. He is active, aggressive, and tough.
Stats–He caught 31 passes for 656 yards and 7 TDs in 08. He also returned a couple of kickoffs back for scores.
Other Sports–He averages 14 pts and 6 rebounds a game as a guard in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is over 3.0. Benches 235.
Favorite Schools–MN, AZ, AKRON, IN, LOUISVILLE, and EASTERN MI.
••• Jack Sherlock 6-3, 200, 4.54 Chicago Mount Caramel
His father, Jim Sherlock, was in my 1981 magazine and then went on to play at Purdue while his grandfather played at Notre Dame.
On Film–Jack presents excellent size, quickness, balance, strength, and overall athletic ability to the college scouts. He catches the ball at its highest point, runs precise routes, and can make tough catches look routine. He is a very sold all around receiver and an excellent downfield blocker.
Stats–He caught 14 passes for 215 yds and 3 TDs in '08.
Grades–His GPA is 2.8. Benches 260 and has a 32" VJ.
Favorite Schools–PURDUE, IN, WESTERN MI, BALL STATE, NORTHERN IL, EASTERN MI, and CO.
••• Julius Shelby 6-4, 195, 4.55 Hillside Proviso West
His coach calls him a late bloomer with enormous potential. He needs more experience but the athletic ability is certainly there.
On Film–Ju-Ju runs good routes, uses his height and leaping ability to his advantage, shows good body control, and can catch the ball in full stride. He needs to hit the weights and become more consistent but does show Division I skills. His big game was against Glenbard West in which he had 6 catches for 90 yds and a TD.
Stats–For the season he caught 30 passes for 500 yds and 3 TDs.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 185.
Favorite Schools–WESTERN MI, IL, IN, NORTHWESTERN, PURDUE, AZ, BALL STATE, and MI STATE.
••• Richard McLoughlin 6-3, 210, 4.6 Arlington Heights St. Viator
He is a good all around two-way ball player.
On Film–On offense, he shows strong hands, deceptive speed, and runs precise routes. As reliable as they come, he catches everything within reach and can catch balls outside his frame. He does a good job of getting started up field quickly after the catch.
Stats–He caught 50 passes for 750 yds and 5 TDs in '08.
Other Sports–He averages 14 pts and 6 rebounds a game as an FW in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.3. Benches 250.
Favorite Schools–CENTRAL MI, CO, ASU, STANFORD, UCLA, NORTHERN IL, and IN.
••• Jake Kumerow 6-3, 180, 4.5 South Elgin
I named Jake's father to the first ever U.S.A. Today Football All-American Team back in 1983. He went on to have an All-American career at OH State and then was the #1 draft choice by the Miami Dolphins.
On Film–Jake is now ready to take center stage as the football star of the family. He is a tall and thin looking WR-FS with sure hands, excellent leaping ability, and a quick burst. He dominated the St. Charles North game catching 8 passes for 150 yards.
Stats–Earned All-Conference honors on both sides of the ball in '08.
Other Sports–He has long jumped over 20' in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.2 and he scored a 19 on the ACT. Benches 250.
Favorite Schools–OH STATE, MI STATE, PENN STATE, and WI.
••• Mack Tracey 6-1, 190, 4.5 Wheaton-Warrenville South
Here is a player to keep an eye on. He played in only four games due to injuries last season and had been projected to be one of the top prospects in the conference.
On Film–He shows speed, competitiveness, agility, strong hands, and very good leaping ability. The first game of the season against Glenbard North he had 6 catches for 173 yds and a TD and he also had an 8-yard run for a score. Big things are expected of Mack this year, he certainly shows the size, speed, and hands to make it at the next level.
Stats–Caught 14 passes for 395 yds and 3 scores at WR.
Other Sports–He has been timed in a 10.9 100 and a 22.6 200 meters in track.
Grades–His GPA is 4.7 on a 5.0 scale and he scored a 24 on the ACT. He has a 35" VJ.
Favorite Schools–MI STATE, WESTERN MI, BALL STATE, NORTHERN IL, CENTRAL MI, SOUTHERN IL, and IL STATE.
••• Steven Kmiotek 5-10, 180, 4.5 Wheaton-Warrenville South
Still another top-notch WR from this very productive high school.
On Film–He is an expert at getting off the line and avoiding jams. He is an elusive WR who runs precise routes, can get in and out of his breaks quickly, catches the ball well while on the run, and can turn up field in the blink of an eye.
Stats–He caught 21 passes for 386 yds and 2 scores at WR and carried the ball 5 times for 30 yds.
Other Sports–He has been timed in an 11 flat 100 and a 22.9 meters in track.
Grades–His GPA is a perfect 4.6 and he scored a 25 on the ACT. Benches 225 10 times.
Favorite Schools–CENTRAL MI, IN, WESTERN MI, MI STATE, NORTHWESTERN, VANDY, NORTHERN IA, MIAMI OF OH, and BOWLING GREEN.
••• Terrence Thomas 5-10, 170, 4.4 Chicago Fenger
By the end of the year he should be ranked with four stars once he gets used to the WR position.
On Film–He played FS most of last season showing good hitting ability, range, and speed to the ball. He can turn his hips and he excels in one-on-one situations. He has been blessed with strong hands and very good speed.
Other Sports–He was the Chicago Public League's 200 Meter Champ.
Grades–His GPA is around 2.5.
Other Wide Receivers to Watch:
Devante Miller 6-4, 190, 4.6 Chicago Curie
Jasper Golden 6-1, 170, 4.5 Chicago Simeon
Kashaune McKinney 6-2, 180, 4.6 Park Forest Rich East
Derick King 6-3, 200, 4.6 Streamwood
Devonta Davis 6-2, 280, 4.5 Plainfield North
Malcolm McFarland 6-1, 190, 4.5 Chicago Leo
Davarias Daniels 6-2, 170, 4.5 Vernon Hills
He is the son of former Prep Football Report All-American and NFL standout from Valdosta, Georgia, Phillip Daniels. I've watched Davarias grow into a big-time WR over the past two years. When I saw him as a freshman I thought he was the best freshman prospect in the Chicago area and last year he certainly has stayed as the top WR prospect in the sophomore class.
On Film–He is a tall, athletic, natural WR with big hands, and he's able to catch nearly everything thrown his way. He stays focused on the ball when running a route, catches it at its highest point, is not afraid to take hard hits, and can turn up field quickly. He is a great combination of size, speed, height, hands, and desire.
Stats–He earned All-League honors at WR and also showed that he was a Division I prospect at FS.
Other Sports–He averages 15 pts and 6 rebounds a game as a shooting guard in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is around 2.0. Benches 250 and has a 37" VJ.
Favorite Schools–GA is a big leader here followed by MIAMI, TN, CLEMSON, FSU, and OHIO STATE.
Brandon Dorsey 5-10, 145, 4.3 Wauconda
It's not often I mention a 5-10 145 pound sophomore but this young man can fly. In fact, he took state in the 100 meters with a time of 10.6 this spring.
On Film–He is just learning the WR position but does show good hands and is getting better at his route running. He needs to add weight and strength but, believe me, the speed is still there. Somebody will need to find a spot for someone with strong hands who can run a 10.6 100 meters.
Other Sports–He has been timed at a 50 flat 400 meters and a 10.6 100 meters in track.
Grades–His GPA is a perfect 4.4.
••••• Colton Fiedorowicz 6-7, 250, 4.55 Johnsburg
I don't think there is any question that C.J. should rank as the nation's #1 TE prospect. After all, in person he looks like he belongs in the NFL but he also backs that up with great production on the field.
On Film–He was split out an awful lot the last couple of years allowing Johnsburg to take advantage of mismatches. He was used all over the field last year at QB, WR, TE, DE, ILB, and FS. No matter where he was he dominated that position. Not yet the difference maker that he will become at TE because his blocking skills need to be honed, but believe me, this guy can catch and he knows what to do with the ball after the catch. He is a unique talent who was born to play the TE position. If he goes to a school that will utilize his talents he should become a college All American and have a pretty good career in the NFL. He is a great all-around athlete who is also a standout in track and basketball. A Jason Whitten type of TE, he shows remarkable hands, comes out of his stance with quickness and burst, and is almost impossible to jam, even when flexed out. He is also able to maintain separation once he gets off the line because of his great speed. He was timed in a 4.5 40 at a couple of camps this spring.
Stats–Completed 35 of 50 passes for 350 yds and 2 TDs at QB. He caught 49 passes for 809 yds and 11 TDs after totaling 67 catches for 1,089 yds and 14 TDs in '07. He had 35 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 caused fumbles, and 2 picks at ILB. He returned one of the picks back for 70 yds and a score. An elite athlete and a difference maker, he should become an impact player as soon as he steps on to the college campus.
Other Sports–He has been timed in an 11.3 100 and 22.4 200 meters in track. In basketball he averages 22 pts and 20 rebounds a game as an SFW.
Grades–His GPA is 2.8 and he scored a 25 on the ACT. Benches 365 and has a 35" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to ILLINOIS.
•••+ Dan Hohenstein 6-6, 215, 4.8 Wheaton-Warrenville South
He plays on a run-oriented team but sure does know how to block.
On Film–Dan does everything asked of him and more. He is a team player who can catch the ball in traffic, does a good job of protecting the ball from the defender, works hard to get free, is a fast learner, and a play maker. When they do utilize his pass-catching abilities, good things happen as in the West Chicago game when he had 5 catches for 102 yds and 1 score. A very good athlete, he has the frame to weigh 240 pounds in college. He will fill out and when he does, look out.
Stats–Caught 15 passes for 170 yds and 3 scores last season.
Other Sports–He averages 9 pts and 10 rebounds a game as an FW in basketball, and high jumped 6'-5" in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.9 on a 5.0 scale and he scored 25 on the ACT.
Favorite Schools–MI STATE, MN, IA STATE, CO, and AZ.
••• Robert Wennington 6-7, 235, 4.8 Wilmette Loyola
He is the son of former Chicago Bulls player Bill Wennington. Two years ago I went to watch a friend of mine's son play freshman ball at Loyola and I was impressed not only with Chance Carter but also with Mr. Wennington.
On Film–He is a very athletic 6-7, 235 pounder who didn't get a lot of playing time because of an injury last season. He does have a big frame, presents a big target, he can block, and can also catch the ball in stride. 2009 will be a big year for Robert and the Loyola coaching staff believe he'll come through with flying colors.
Other Sports–He plays center in basketball.
Grades–He is a straight 'A' student in the classroom.
Other Tight Ends to Watch:
Marcell Kirkmanbey 6-4, 215, 4.5 Lake Villa-Lakes
Cam Brate 6-4, 225, 4.8 Naperville Central
Lee Skinner 6-5, 220, 4.8 Lombard Glenbard East
Matt Olivera 6-5, 220, 4.7 Chicago Gordon Tech
Danny Kiebler 6-5, 245, 4.8 Franklin Park West Leyden
••••• Christian Lombard 6-6, 300, 5.1 Palatine Fremd
Ranks as one of the nation's top 10 OL prospect.
On Film–I have watched Christian play six times over the past two years and each time he seems to have gotten better. He is an RT in high school because he has a left-handed quarterback, and he has dominated the competition each and every game. In fact one coach from a Pac-10 team was at a game with me last fall and he said that school believed that Christian was the #1 OL prospect in the country. This spring, at a camp, a Big-10 coach called him the #1 OL prospect in the Midwest. What has made him so good is his ability to quickly get out of a stance, get a hold of the defender, and move him out of the way. On a consistent basis he makes good initial contact and rides the defender out of the play. A smart and tough ball player with great feet and athleticism. He shows the strength to drive the defender off the ball and the quickness to pull and trap, and when out in space he can effectively block down on linebackers. He has an explosive first step and the leg drive to consistently drive defenders off the ball. "He is the best lineman I have coached in 29 years," said Fremd Coach Mike Donatucci. Just a natural athlete, he should weigh around 320 pounds in college and I would be surprised if he wasn’t a three possibly four year starter.
Stats–Earned 1st Team All-League honors in each of the past two years and All-State honors in '08.
Other Sports–He has thrown the shot put over 55' and the discus 150' in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0.
Favorite Schools–He had 32 scholarship offers when he committed to Notre Dame on January 1st.
•••• Laken Tomlinson 6-5, 300, 5.0 Chicago Lane Tech
In the past this school has been known for Tarzan Johnny Weismuller, former Chicago Cub Phil Cavaretta, former Wisconsin running back Mike Morgan, and now Laken Tomlinson.
On Film–He shows great feet, an aggressive style of play, very good quickness when getting out of the stance, good technique, and shows the quick feet to move out to the corner and cut off edge rushers. He can redirect with the best of them, mirror and slide, and redirect to handle inside pass rushers. He has really improved by leaps and bounds from his sophomore to junior year. "He is the best offensive lineman I have coached in 10 years" said Lane Tech Head Coach Rich Rio. He is also a dominating tackle on defense showing Division I skills at that position. By the end of the year he should rank as one of the Midwest's finest OL prospects.
Stats–He totaled 35 tackles and 14 sacks on defense and led Lane with over 50 pancake blocks on his way to earning 1st Team All-Chicago Public League honors.
Other Sports–He has thrown the shot put over 50' and the discus 142' in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.3. Benches 340 and squats 600 and has a 21" VJ.
Favorite Schools–IL, OH STATE, IA, NORTHWESTERN, WI, BC, and DUKE.
•••• Zach Fulton 6.5, 315, 5.3 Homewood Flossmoor
He is the younger brother of Illinois and NFL OL Xavier Fulton.
On Film–Zach plays as well as any OG prospect in the Midwest. "He is better than his brother at this same point," says Head Coach Ken Smith. He has been blessed with great size and bulk and uses it to his advantage. He has shown the ability to play both guard and tackle, uses his hands well to keeps defenders off him, and dominates the point of attack. Super strong, he excels as a run blocker showing athleticism, can redirect, and does a good job of playing under control. You can see that he really worked on his footwork and seems to have the total game.
Stats–Earned 1st team All-Conference honors at OG. He totaled over 40 pancake blocks and did not allow a sack in '08.
Grades–His GPA is 2.3 and he scored an 18 on the ACT. Benches 375 and has a 25" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to TENNESSEE.
•••• Mickey Baucus 6-8, 265 Mundelein Caramel Catholic
You've got to love this young man's potential.
On Film–He is every bit of 6-8 and a pretty good athlete for someone his size. His coach said he has a large upside and I believe him. Not yet the dominating player he could become, what I do like about him is his overall athletic ability. He is a surprisingly good blocker and stays with his blocks until the whistle. He uses his size and aggressiveness to drive defenders off the ball, shows some quickness sliding out to the corner to cut off pass rushers, uses his hands well, and sets a solid base. He certainly has the frame to weigh well over 300 pounds once he gets to college. He needs to hit the weight room so he would benefit from a red-shirt year in college.
Stats–He earned some All-League mention for his play at OT.
Grades–His GPA is 3.2.
Favorite Schools–Committed to ARIZONA.
•••+ Andy Gallik 6-3, 300, 5.2 Chicago Brother Rice
He is coming on strong and should receive some Big 10 attention before the season starts.
On Film–He is explosive off the ball, finishes his blocks and plays hard until the whistle. I attended the Brother Rice Loyola game where Andy completely dominated the more heralded Chance Carter. A typical tough Chicago Catholic League OL, once he gets his hands on an opponent, it's all over. He shows good recovery speed and is a solid position blocker. Shows smooth footwork, gets into his pass set quickly, has excellent technique and leverage. He could weigh between 300-320 pounds in college.
Stats–Earned All-Chicago Catholic League honors at OT.
Grades–His GPA is 2.6. Benches 335 and has a 26" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to ILLINOIS.
•••+ Mark Lenkiewicz 6-5, 255, 5.0 Tinley Park Andrew
Here is another Chicago area OT who is quickly moving up the ranks of top OL prospects.
On Film–He has good feet, is an aggressive downfield blocker that plays through the whistle, and is exceptionally fast off the ball. Quick enough to play DE, he is strong enough to handle hard-charging pass rushers. Thin looking at 255 pounds, he should weigh close to 300 pounds within two years. He is blessed with very good speed and lateral quickness, takes good angles to his blocks, and he excels at second level blocking.
Stats–Earned 1st Team All-League honors at OT.
Other Sports–He has thrown the shot put 45' and the discus 135' in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.6 and he scored a 26 on the ACT. Benches 280 and has a 27" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to MINNESOTA.
•••+ Shawn Afryl 6-4, 310, 5.1 Skokie Niles West
A year ago he was just a suspect and now he is a major prospect.
On Film–He dominates the point of attack and is a versatile OL who plays tackle, guard, and center. He is quick for a 310 pounder. Explosive with excellent feet, he uses his hands well. He is also a good pass blocker. He can bend his knees and shows good hip flexibility. My bet is that he could become an All-Big-10 center one day. He can pull and trap with the best of them and just seems to do everything effortlessly. He is very athletic.
Stats–He totaled 33 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 tackles for losses at DT and earned All-Conference honors on a 3 and 6 team at OG. He earned 2nd Team All-State honors at guard.
Other Sports–He has thrown the shot put 50' 6" in track.
Grades–His GPA is 2.7 and he scored a 21 on the ACT. Benches 335 and squats 450.
Favorite Schools–Committed to ILLINOIS.
•••+ Marlandez Harris 6-4, 260, 4.9 Springfield Griffin
A vastly underrated OG.
On Film–He shows the quickness and athletic ability to effectively block out on the second level. He takes very good angles to his blocks and works hard to get positioning and stay in front of his defender. Just shows outstanding footwork, technique, and has the frame to weigh close to 300 pounds.
Stats–Earned All-League and All-City honors for his play at OG.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 325.
Favorite Schools–Committed to INDIANA.
•••+ Tyler Loos 6-5, 275, 5.4 Sterling
He is not as well known as some of the states' other top OL prospects but, believe me, Tyler certainly displays Division I skills.
On Film–He is strong, quick off the ball with good feet, and moves very well for a 275 pounder. He shows good knee bend and will stay with his blocks until the whistle. A very aggressive and intelligent tackle, he also plays NG on defense.
Stats–Earned All-State honors at tackle in '08.
Grades–His GPA is a perfect 4.0 and he scored a 29 on the ACT. Benches 340.
Favorite Schools–NORTHWESTERN, MI STATE, IA, IN, PURDUE, WESTERN MI, and ILLINOIS STATE.
•••+ John Thibideau 6-5, 320, 5.1 Homewood-Flossmoor
If John wants it badly enough he can become a dominating player in college and even make it to the NFL some day.
On Film–I've been really impressed with this young man. He is a terrific athlete at the OG position, super strong with great feet, quickness, balance, and burst. He is a tough kid who gets his hands on the defenders quickly and then stays with them until the whistle. He has shown the ability to play both guard and tackle at the high school level. He uses his strength and leverage to stack the point of attack on a consistent basis, and is able to redirect and pull and trap.
Stats–Earned 1st Team All-Conference and All-Area honors for his play at OG.
Other Sports–He was 33 and 3 as a heavyweight wrestler.
Grades–His GPA is close to a 2.0. Benches 375 and squats 535.
Favorite Schools–IL, MI STATE, IA, IN, KS, and BALL STATE.
•••+ Tyler Olker 6-3, 300, 5.3 Richmond-Burton
A versatile OL, he can play tackle, guard, and center.
On Film–He played LT most of '08 and excelled as a run blocker showing quick feet and good strength. He plays a physical brand of football and is technically sound and smart. He takes very few missed steps, plays the game on his feet, and sets a solid base. He dominated the Genoa Kingston game helping lead Richmond-Burton to the third round of the playoffs. Best suited to play guard in college.
Stats–Earned All-Conference honors for his play at OL.
Other Sports–He was 20 and 7 as a heavyweight wrestle as a sophomore.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0 and he scored a 21 on the ACT. Benches 315.
Favorite Schools–MIAMI of OHIO, IN, IL, IA, WI, TN, LOUISVILLE, and NORTHERN IL.
••• Pat Husain 6-7, 270, 5.0 Evanston
"He is our most dominating lineman," said Coach Mike Burzawa.
On Film–He certainly has the size and overall athletic ability to make the leap to Division I ball. Not as consistent as you would like, but he has been blessed with quick feet, long arms, and excellent balance. He is starting to come on strong, has the frame to weigh well over 300 pounds, uses his hands well, and he always plays under control. He works hard to finish his blocks and shows pretty good flexibility for a 6-7, 270 pounder.
Other Sports–He averages 5 pts and 5 rebounds a game as a center in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.5 and he scored a 28 on the ACT. Benches 265 and squats 520. Once he hits the weight room, look out.
Favorite Schools–IN, AZ, WI, TULANE, NORTHWESTERN, VANDY, and HARVARD.
••• Jon Hoffing 6-4, 285, 5.2 Libertyville
This school has produced some talented players of the past five years and Jon is fast becoming one of the more recruited players in the area.
On Film–He plays tackle in high school and could wind up playing guard in college. A very strong player who is technically sound with pretty good feet. A tough kid who plays hard and shows good all around athletic ability to go along with good lateral quickness. He always seems to get good positioning and can seal off lanes.
Stats–Earned some All-League mention for his play at tackle.
Favorite Schools–WESTERN MI, IN, IL, NORTHERN IL, and PURDUE.
••• Rocco Ammons 6-4, 305, 5.2 Wheaton-Warrenville South
Here is another OL who is really starting to come on.
On Film–He is aggressive, smart and does a great job of finishing his blocks. He plays RT on film and he should play that position in college. He also shows the flexibility and lateral quickness to also play guard. He is a standout run blocker who uses his hands well and is a very quick 305 pounder.
Stats–Earned All-Conference honors for his play at RT.
Other Sports–He has thrown the shot put 48' 8" in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.6 and he scored a 29 on the ACT. Benches 225 15 times.
Favorite Schools–MI STATE, IL, NORTHWESTERN, VANDY, HARVARD, DUKE, and IL STATE.
••• Dan Foreman 6-4, 275, 5.0 Joliet Catholic
Joliet Catholic Head Coach Dan Sharp says Dan has the potential to rank among the very best offensive lineman the school has produced, and they have produced several All-Americans.
On Film–He is a strong and athletic LT who excels as both a run and pass blocker. He can pull and trap with the best of them, slides to the outside quickly, does a great job of cutting out speed rushers, and can redirect. He plays LT in high school and could wind up playing tackle or guard in college.
Stats–Earned All-Catholic League honors for his play and graded out at 90% blocking efficiency at LT.
Grades–His GPA is a perfect 4.3 on a 4.0 scale. Benches 320 and squats 600.
Favorite Schools–NORTHWESTERN, IN, PURDUE, VANDY, NORTHERN IL, IL, and IA.
••• Chris Cortopassi 6-2, 255, 5.1 Wheaton-Warenville South
He is a competitive, tough, and aggressive high school LT.
On Film–This guy plays hard until the whistle, never lets up, keeps his legs moving at all times, and has the athletic ability and burst to effectively block out on the second level. His size may dictate a move to either guard or center in college. He can dominate at times, particularly if you watch the Naperville Central game in which he graded out at 93% and recorded 8 pancake blocks.
Stats–For the year he earned 1st Team All-Conference honors at LT.
Other Sports–He has thrown the shot put 51' 7" and the discus 152' 8" in track.
Grades–His GPA is 4.9 on a 5.0 scale and he scored a 29 on the ACT. Benches 225 19 times and has a 21" VJ.
Favorite Schools–NORTHERN IL, NORTHWESTERN, IA, IN, PURDUE, and MI STATE.
••• Connor Glazier 6-4, 280, 5.1 Oak Park Fenwick
This guy can do it all, last season he played center, guard, and tackle.
On Film–He certainly has the desire, strength, and aggressive style of play the Division I schools like to see. If you watch the Bishop Mac game he is the ball player who is driven and dominates the point of attack.
Stats–Earned some All-League mention for his play on offense.
Grades–His GPA is 3.8 and he scored a 1730 on the SAT and a 29 on the ACT. Benches 340.
Favorite Schools–NORTHWESTERN, HARVARD, NORTHERN IL, PRINCETON, and PENN.
••• Fabbian Ebbele 6-5, 300, 5.2 Chicago Simeon
He is one of the top OL prospects in the Chicago Public League.
On Film–Fabbian excels as both a run and pass blocker showing quick feet, he can bend his knees, plays with good leverage, and has the quickness and speed to pull and trap. He really came on the second half of last season.
Stats–Earned 1st Team All-Public League honors at OT.
Other Sports–He is a standout FW in basketball and throws the shot in track.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5.
••• Pierre Patrick 6-6, 285, 4.8 Chicago Leo
Here is a fascinating prospect. As a junior he backed up Illinois freshman Leon Hill.
On Film–He looked good at a couple of camps this spring and big things are expected of him this coming fall. He also played some DE as a junior and he should start at both positions this year. He has the height, long arms, quick feet, mobility, and aggressiveness to stand out.
Other Sports–He plays center in basketball and throws the shot put and discus in track.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5.
••• Tim Vasiliadis 5-9, 180, 5.2 Chicago Schurz
It's not very often you'll see a 5-9, 180 pound center being mentioned in my magazine; however, Tim has a specialty.
On Film–He is an outstanding long snapper and could wind up in Division I ball as a long-snapping center. Very athletic and very determined with great work habits, he is a relentless ball player who never gives up.
Other Sports–He was 8 and 3 in wrestling.
Grades–His GPA is over 2.0. Benches 220.
••• Alex Lafienere 6-1, 250, 5.2 Westchester St. Joseph
This school has not produced many football players over the past several years but the coaches are very excited about this OG/OC prospect.
On Film–Alex is very strong in the legs, does a good job of driving defenders off the ball, is flexible, can get very well, and is extremely explosive coming out of his stance. Has a great attitude, never lets and plays hard until the whistle.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0.
••• Edward Coates 6-2, 265, 5.1 Bolingbrook
He plays on one of the more talented teams in the Chicago area.
On Film–He is very quick off the ball, good in pass protection, can read defenses, and takes very few missed steps. He can redirect and shows good leg strength.
Grades–His GPA is 2.4 and he scored a 19 on the ACT.
Patrick Flavin 6-7, 235, 5.2 Lisle Benet Academy
He is a dominating high school OT who, in person, looks more like a TE.
On Film–He carries his weight very well and should weigh over 300 pounds in a couple of years. He started every game as a sophomore and has impressed everyone who saw him play. He is blessed with excellent size, long arms, quick feet, and is a tough and competitive player. He shows outstanding athleticism and has played both left and right tackle. He shows good recovery speed and ability, is a solid position blocker, plays hard in every down, can mirror and slide, and dominates the point of attack. Big things are expected of Patrick this season and I'm sure he won't disappoint.
Stats–Earned some All-League mention for his play at OT as a sophomore.
Other Sports–He has thrown the shot put over 43' and the discus 126' in track and he plays center in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.1. Benches 235 and squats 425.
Favorite Schools–His brother, Bill Flavin, played at Notre Dame and his father also graduated from Notre Dame. He is looking at NOTRE DAME, UCLA, STANFORD, LOUISVILLE, VANDY, NORTHERN, and CO.
Brian Bobek 6-3, 260, 5.0 Palatine Fremd
He sure got a lot of traffic this season playing alongside Christian Lombard.
On Film–Brian can more than hold his own playing either center or guard. A powerful OL, he can dominate the point of attack, and shows good instincts and awareness when in pass protection. Competitive and tough, he has the potential to become an impact player over the next two years. His film also shows a center that does a good job of playing within himself and shows enough quickness to effectively block out on the second level.
Other Sports–He has thrown the shot put 54' and the discus 163' in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.2. Benches 400 and squats 500.
Favorite Schools–His father played ball at IOWA and his brother is a walk on at MSU. His favorite schools are MI STATE, NOTRE DAME, IA, CO, OH STATE, and AZ.
Matt Frazier 6-3, 260, 5.0 Kankakee Bishop McNamara
He is a high school LT who will wind up playing guard in college.
On Film–This super strong sophomore dominated the action in '08 from his LT position. He uses his hands well, shows good technique, works hard to make all of his blocks, and he is a good finisher. He is also a nasty and determined NG on defense.
Stats–Earned some All-Conference mention for his play on both sides of the ball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.6. Benches 360.
Favorite Schools–NOTRE DAME, IL, NORTHWESTERN, VANDY, IA, PURDUE, IN, and MI STATE.
Other Offensive Linemen to Watch:
Jack Allen 6-2, 230, 4.9 Hinsdale Central
Eric Irvin 6-5, 275, 5.0 Oak Lawn Richards
Jake Howe 6-3, 255, 4.9 McHenry
Mike Husar 6-1, 240, 4.9 Chicago Mt. Carmel
Robert Joyner 6-4, 285, 5.1 Tinley Park
Eric Metts 6-4, 275, 5.1 Chicago Hubbard
Jazzario Barios 6-4, 320, 5.2 Chicago Morgan Park
Mike Parks 6-4, 300, 5.2 Bourbonnais Bradley
Cormack Mulcahy 6-4, 260, 5.0 Burbank St. Laurence
Jamall Keaton 6-5, 300, 5.3 Chicago King
Cortland Travis 6-3, 291, 5.1 Maywood Proviso East
Andrew Szott 6-3, 250, 4.9 Aurora Waubonsie Valley
Cameron Adams 6-3, 280, 5.0 Belvidere
Maurice Goodman 6-3, 310, 5.3 Chicago Morgan Park
Jacob Uhonmwangho 6-4, 270, 5.0 Hoffman Estates
Andrew Schofield 6-5, 235, 5.0 Orland Park Sandburg
•••• Bruce Gaston 6-2, 302, 5.0 Chicago St. Rita
One of the fastest rising DL prospects in the Midwest, n person Bruce is very impressive looking. He is a big and powerful DT.
On Film–He is also impressive with his enormous strength, and his ability to quickly get off the ball and dominate the point of attack. He uses his quick hands and quick feet to control the line of scrimmage and has a great burst to get to the QB. He was sort of an afterthought the first half of last season but really came on near the end, and Head Coach Todd Kuska now believes B.J. has what it takes to become an All American. Exceptionally physical, he's a bit of a raw talent, but if he makes the right choice, he could really come on and be a 6-2, 330 pound Buddha-type of DT. I was impressed watching him against state champion East St. Louis. There was no one there that could handle B.J. alone so he had to be double and triple-teamed and he was still able to disrupt the offensive flow. I believe he has what it takes to become an All-American at the college level.
Stats–He totaled 45 tackles and 3½ sacks in '08.
Other Sports–He was a state qualifier in both shot put and discus, and has thrown the shot put 52' 9" and the discus 180'. He has also been timed in a 6.4 55 meters, not bad for a 302 pounder. Averages 10 pts and 10 rebounds a game as a center in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 2.8 and he scored a 22 on the ACT. Benches 365 and has a 31" VJ.
Favorite Schools–IL, NOTRE DAME, IA, MI STATE, AZ, PURDUE, and IN.
TAKE PHOTO FROM LAST YEAR – FUTURE ALL-AMERICAN (DL)
•••• Chancelor Carter 6-4, 245, 4.7 Wilmette Loyola Academy
Here is a player I first watched as a freshman at Loyola. He came to the school as a basketball player and he still considered himself a basketball player until a few months ago. Now it looks like he has really dedicating himself to football and big things are expected of Chance this coming season.
On Film–As a sophomore he impressed me enough where I ranked him as the #1 sophomore in the state of Illinois. As a junior he took a step backward, mainly because he had concentrated on AAU basketball, and did not improve, at least to my eye, much at all. However, with that said, when he is on, he is on. He takes good angles to the ball, is excellent in pursuit, and does a good job of fighting off defenders and finding the ball. What impressed me most as a sophomore is that he played big in big games and can be a dominating defensive lineman. He also has the frame to weigh close to 270 pounds and could wind up playing either DE or DT in college. Now that he has given up basketball and will concentrate completely on football, I believe the 2009 season will be somewhat of a coming out party for Chance. He shows very good up field speed and routinely beats blockers off the ball. He has an exceptionally quick first step and is also an expert at batting down passes.
Stats–As a sophomore he totaled 66 tackles, 12 sacks, and 10 tackles for losses. Last season he totaled 60 tackles, 6 sacks, and 10 tackles for loss.
Other Sports–He averages 11 pts and 9 rebounds a game as an FW in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.5.
Favorite Schools–STANFORD, NE, NOTRE DAME, and NORTHWESTERN.
•••+ Jack Dittmer 6-4, 255, 4.8 Oak Park Fenwick
The key here is to remember that Jack plays ILB in high school.
On Film–I'm really impressed with his quickness off the ball and his ability to apply pressure on the QB. He is a relentless defender who loves to mix it up. He shows the ability to play with good leverage, has a good burst, shows good recognition on both the run and pass, and is a playmaker who needs to be moved to the DE position once he gets to college.
Stats–Earned 1st Team All-Chicago Catholic League playing both DE and ILB leading Fenwick in tackles and sacks. He totaled 46 tackles, 15 sacks, 17 tackles for losses, and returned an interception back for a TD.
Grades–His GPA is 3.8. Benches 360 and has a 27" VJ.
Favorite Schools–NORTHWESTERN, NOTRE DAME, BALL STATE, CENTRAL MI, IN, PURDUE, MN, and IA.
•••+ Frank Boenzi 6-2, 295, 5.0 Geneva
Frank would be the first to tell you that he needs to be pick up his grades and if he does look out, this guy is a powerhouse who was born to play football.
On Film–As both a junior and sophomore he was the heart of the defense helping lead Geneva to a 13-1 record. He not only controls the inside but dominates it. Super strong, athletic, explosive, tough, and aggressive, he plays the game with a chip on his shoulder and overpowers everyone he goes up again. The prototypical NG, he takes good angles to the ball. There has yet to be a high school OL who could control him. He is not much of a pass rusher but when it comes to stopping the run, Frank the Tank has no equal.
Stats–Totaled 60 tackles, 2 sacks, 12 tackles for losses, and 3 caused fumbles on his way to earning All-State mention.
Other Sports–He is one of the state's top weight men in track. He has thrown the shot put 57' and the discus 167' 9".
Grades–His GPA is close to a 2.0. Benches 330.
Favorite Schools–OH STATE, IL, CO, MN, IN, IA, and MI STATE.
•••+ Nathan Ollie 6-1, 275, 4.9 Chicago Mt. Carmel
The first word that comes to my mind when watching #66 on film is explosive.
On Film–He is quick off the ball, stays low, and is very physical and agile. Nate Da Great is competitive, plays the game with a passion, and he is a force at the point of attack. He certainly shows the strength to hold his position even against double teams. He uses his quick hands to beat one-on-one blocks and does show some good closing speed.
Stats–Totaled 59 tackles, 7 sacks, and 10 tackles for losses. He is a three-year starter in one of the state's top programs.
Grades–His GPA is 2.8 and he scored a 19 on the ACT. Benches over 300.
Favorite Schools–MN, MI STATE, IA, IL, IN, PURDUE, BALL STATE, MIAMI of OH, and NORTHWESTERN.
•••+ Deron Reddick 6-4, 260, 4.8 Harvey Thornton
A two-way tackle who has the athletic ability, burst, and balance to play DT in college.
On Film–He shows good agility, excellent balance, quick footwork, is strong, and athletic. He can make plays on straight ahead runs but is also productive when chasing the ball carrier. Has the frame to weigh close to 300 pounds. Not yet a difference maker but he has that kind of ability.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5.
Favorite Schools–IL, PURDUE, WI, MN, IA, IN, MI STATE, NORTHERN IL, and BALL STATE.
•••+ Kevin Henry 6-5, 255, 4.8 Morris
This school has had several All-Americans over the past 30 years and Kevin appears to be a good candidate to become one this fall.
On Film–His coach calls him the best athlete on the team and could wind up playing TE, OL, DE, and possibly even LB. He runs exceptionally well for a 255 pounder and is not yet a dominating player, but certainly has the athletic ability to become one. Productive and quick, he accelerates to full speed quickly when in pursuit and also has the speed to chase down ball carriers from behind. He shows good footwork, quick hands, and the frame to weigh 280 pounds in college. He is one of the fastest rising prospects in the state of Illinois. Last season he started at both TE and DE.
Stats–He caught 6 passes for 50 yds and 3 TDs on offense and totaled 48 tackles, 3 sacks, and 8 tackles for losses on defense.
Other Sports–He is also a standout FW in basketball and pitches in baseball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0.
Favorite Schools–IL, IN, PURDUE, WI, NORTHERN IL, MI STATE, and IA.
••• Pat Driscoll 6-4, 270, 5.1 Lemont
I've watched Lemont six times over the past two years and always came away impressed with #71.
On Film–He is athletic and smart with quick feet, excellent strength, he plays the game with good leverage, runs well laterally, and he can make plays. He seems to be a natural at the DT position but does have what it takes to become an accomplished center at the next level. He does a good job of reading the play. Once he zeros in on the ball carrier he usually brings him down. He can accelerate to full speed quickly and does a good job of handling blocks.
Stats–Totaled 54 tackles, 6 sacks, 14 tackles for losses, and 4 caused fumbles on his way to helping Lemont get to the state championship game.
Other Sports–He batted .320 with 5 home runs and 35 RBIs as a catcher in baseball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.5 and he scored a 26 on the ACT. Benches 320.
Favorite Schools–IL, NORTHERN IL, PURDUE, MI STATE, CO, and WESTERN MI.
••• Jeffrey Brown 6-3, 265, 5.1 Evanston
Not super fast but very quick for a 265 pounder.
On Film–He actually played more OT than he did DT but certainly has a future on the defensive side of the ball. He played only three games, but the three games I watched on film Jeff shows good lateral speed and is able to quickly disengage from blockers and find the ball. He seems to be a natural at the DT position.
Stats–He totaled 13 solo tackles, 2 sacks and 3 tackles for losses in just three games in '08.
Other Sports–He has thrown the shot put over 42' and was 37 and 9 as a heavyweight wrestler.
Grades–His GPA is 2.6. Benches 305 and squats 405.
Favorite Schools–NORTHERN IL, MI STATE, IL, TOLEDO, IL STATE, BALL STATE, and MN.
••• Angel Cabral 6-2, 265, 5.2 Lemont
He played alongside Pat Driscoll the past two years and impressed everyone that saw him play.
On Film–He is an aggressive and a very quick 265 pounder that plays the game with good leverage, strong at the point of attack, and goes at 100% on every play. He certainly shows Division I skills at DT. Not super fast but is very quick.
Stats–Helped lead Lemont to a 13-1 and into the state championship game last fall.
Grades–His GPA is close to a 2.0.
••• Steve Lester 6-2, 262, 5.0 Mundelein Carmel
He is a very effective high school DE who could grow into a DT in college.
On Film–Steve proved to be very strong, quick, and always around the ball. He plays big in big games and had his best game against Joliet Catholic. He excels as a run stuffer.
Stats–Totaled 47 tackles, 6 sacks, 6 tackles for losses, and 1 caused fumbled in '08.
Other Sports–He was 6 and 1 as a heavyweight wrestler.
Grades–His GPA is 3.5. Benches 325.
Favorite Schools–NORTHWESTERN, AIR FORCE, VA, MI STATE, OK, and TN.
••• Kevin McIntyre 6-5, 270, 4.9 Chicago Hubbard
Keep an eye on this young man, he got off to kind of a slow start in '08 but finished strong.
On Film–He looks better at OT than he does DT but his coach Elton Harris believes his future will be at DT in college. Quick footed and aggressive with good football sense, he uses his hands well and shows the athletic ability to consistently penetrate the offense. He is excellent in pursuit.
Stats–Totaled 43 tackles and 7 QB sacks on defense and he earned some All-Public League honors for his play at OT where he recorded 47 pancake blocks.
Grades–His GPA is 2.4.
Favorite Schools–IL, IN, BALL STATE, NORTHERN IL, WI, and MN.
••• Ryan Foley 6-0, 255, 4.8 Oswego
He is the son of former U.S.A. Today National Defensive Player of the Year John Foley.
On Film–Ryan has his father's aggressiveness, football instincts, and quickness. He comes off the ball hard and with purpose using his hands well, he gets good leverage, and is able to penetrate the double team. Has the frame to weigh around 280 pounds and is perfectly suited for the NT position.
Stats–Earned some All-Conference mention for his play at NT.
Grades–His GPA is 3.4 and he scored a 24 on the ACT.
••• Glen Somers 6-1, 275, 5.0 Oak Park Fenwick
He was overshadowed by Jack Dittmer last season but more than held his own against the very tough catholic league competition.
On Film–He shows excellent strength, desire, the ability to take on double teams and still find the ball. He also shows good moves getting around the block and is perfectly suited for the NG position.
Stats–He totaled 38 tackles, 6 sacks, and 12 tackles for losses in '08.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 330.
Favorite Schools–NORTHERN IL, NOTRE DAME, NORTHWESTERN, IL, MI STATE, BOISE STATE, and BALL STATE.
••• Jeremy Woods 6-5, 220, 4.7 Chicago Harper
He is tall and thin but a very active DE who could really come into his own in the '09 season.
On Film–Jeremy is a long-armed, quick-footed DE and one of the more athletic players in the Chicago public league. He is athletic enough that his coach believes he could play WR this season. As a sophomore he was the team's leading receiver.
Stats–Totaled 60 tackles and 10 sacks in '08.
Other Sports–He is an FW in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.2.
••• Todd Bland 6-1, 240, 4.7 North Chicago
He played ILB, OLB, and DE in '08.
On Film–This guy plays with a lot of heart and has a great attitude. He is relentless, refuses to stay blocked, and shows good body control and an excellent burst.
Stats–Recorded 105 tackles, 17 sacks, and 3 caused fumbles in '08 on his way to earning All-Conference honors. He is related to all-pro RB Michael Turner.
Other Sports–He has been timed in an 11.2 100, a 22.9 200 meters, has thrown the shot put over 51', and the discus 151' in track.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5.
Favorite Schools–IL, NORTHERN IL, IN, WI, IL STATE, and MIAMI.
••• Colton Underwood 6-4, 255, 4.8 Washington Community
A downstate prospect with good size, quickness, and production to make an impact at the Defensive I level.
On Film–He is a powerful and solid pass rusher who gets off the ball quickly and can cover a lot of ground when in pursuit. Very athletic, he keeps his pads low and can make plays with hustle and instincts.
Stats–He totaled 46 tackles and 18 sacks on his way to earning H-M All-State honors.
••• Alex James 6-3, 245, 4.7 Decatur MacArthur
His coach says he has a large upside.
On Film–Alex is a very determined, quick-footed, and athletic 245 pounder who can disrupt an offense with his quick feet and even quicker hands. He can accelerate to full speed in just a couple of steps and once he closes in on a quarterback, it's generally all over. He is strong and athletic with the frame to weigh 280 pounds in college. Very productive when he plays with leverage, he is one of the more consistent players in downstate Illinois.
Stats–He earned All-Area honors at DE.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0
Demetrius Hill 6-2, 240, 4.8 Kankakee
He will be one of the more heavily recruited defensive players in the state of Illinois next season.
On Film–#51 shows big-time quickness off the ball, is excellent in pursuit, shows a good burst at the snap, play recognition, and is rarely caught off his feet. Needs to add some weight but strength but certainly has the speed and instincts to make an impact at the Division I level. Shows the quick hands to consistently beat blockers, can shed blocks, and is excellent in pursuit. He is a blue chipper with a bright future.
Stats–He recorded 77 tackles, 14 sacks, and 31 tackles for losses on his way to earning 1st Team All-Conference honors.
Other Sports–He averages 10 pts and 8 rebounds a game as an FW in basketball.
Grades–His GPA is 2.4. Benches 250 and has 33" VJ.
Kyle Rouse 6-3, 230, 4.9 Joliet Catholic
This school has produced All Americans like Carter produces pills.
On Film–Kyle is the brother of Kevin Rouse who played ball at Wisconsin, and the Joliet Catholic coaches believe he has even more potential than his brother. He played DE as a sophomore but does show the frame to possibly wind up playing DT in a couple of years. Has a quick and powerful first step, goes all out on every play, works hard to get free, and is excellent in pursuit. Very strong for a 230 pounder, he plays the game with leverage and takes great angles to the ball.
Stats–Earned some All-Conference mention at both OT and DE.
Grades–His GPA is a perfect 4.5. Benches 250.
Anthony Pensa 6-2, 225, 4.8 Arlington Heights St. Viator
This school has also produced some big-time players over the last few years, and the coaches on the St. Viator's staff are excited about Mr. Pensa's future.
On Film–He is an intense football player who can diagnose plays quickly. Not super fast but he is very quick and uses his hands to disengage quickly off the edge and is excellent in pursuit.
Grades–His GPA is a perfect 4.0. Benches 280.
Favorite Schools–NORTHWESTERN, NOTRE DAME, HARVARD, MI, OH STATE, STANFORD, BC, VANDY, and PENN.
Other Defensive Linemen to Watch:
Aaron Shuff 6-3, 200, 4.7 Arlington Heights St. Viator
Jamin Sullivan 6-1, 240, 4.8 Maywood Proviso East
Steve Laski 5-11, 260, 4.9 New Lenox Providence Catholic
Dan Kiebler 6-4, 230, 4.7 Franklin Park Leyden
Kevin McKenna 6-3, 270, 5.0 Chicago Brother Rice
Brandon Tucker 6-1, 275, 4.9 Bolingbrook
•••• Louis Trinca-Pasat 6-3, 240, 4.7 Chicago Lane Tech
He is one of the fast rising players in the Midwest.
On Film–#91 is explosive off the ball playing both DE and OLB. A great tackler, he reads offense easily and has proven to be a very versatile ball player. Shows the size and strength to take on blockers, hold his ground, and find the ball. He could grow into a DE but right now he's better suited to play either OLB or ILB in college. An excellent all-around athlete showing good body control, burst, and vision. One of the more physical defensive players in the Chicago area, he impresses you with his work ethic and aggressiveness.
Stats–Totaled 52 tackles, 7 QB sacks, and 18 tackles for losses to go with 7 caused fumbles in '08. He also averaged 14 yds per catch at TE.
Grades–His GPA is a perfect 4.2 and he scored a 27 on the ACT. Benches 315 and has a 30" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to IOWA.
•••+ Michael Williams 5-11, 215, 4.6 LaGrange Park Nazareth
The thing holding Michael back is his height and that’s it.
On Film–This guy can play the game. He is one of the more defensive players in the Midwest and is like lightening to the ball. He has good instincts, reads and reacts very well, and takes on and sheds blockers as if they didn't exist. An exceptionally active player, he has great feet, always gives good effort, and is as tough as nails. A big hitter with a bright future.
Stats–Totaled 80 tackles, 7 QB sacks, 24 tackles for losses despite missing two games due to injuries.
Grades–His GPA is 2.0 and he scored an 18 on the ACT. Benches 315 and has a 32" VJ.
Favorite Schools–IA, PURDUE, IL, BALL STATE, NORTHERN IL, IN, MI STATE, and WESTERN MI.
•••+ Jeremy Curry 6-3, 225, 4.65 Bolingbrook
This school has produced an awful lot of good defensive players over the years and Bolingbrook coaches consider Jeremy to be one of the very best.
On Film–#13 plays both DE and OLB showing the size and strength to take on blockers, stay on his feet, and make plays. Shows natural instincts, takes good angles to the ball, and has shown the ability to dominate at the high school level with quick hands, quick feet, and good overall strength.
Stats–Recorded 104 tackles, 9 sacks, and 13 tackles for losses as a junior.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0 and he scored a 30 on the ACT. Benches 315.
Favorite Schools–His uncle, Mickey Pruitt, played for Colorado and the Chicago Bears. His favorite schools are MI STATE, UCLA, IA, NORTHWESTERN, IN, IL, and NORTHERN IL.
••• Marcus Lee 6-0, 210, 4.8 Bolingbrook
Still another standout from this very productive team.
On Film–Marcus may not be the tallest or the fastest ILB around but he is certainly one of the more productive ones. He is an outstanding open field tackler with good closing speed, shows good field vision, balance, quick hands, and can accelerate to full speed quickly. He uses that speed to dominate in backside pursuit, and shows enough athleticism to play either OLB or ILB at the next level.
Stats–Recorded 118 tackles, 3 sacks, 35 tackles for losses, and 2 caused fumbles on his way to earning All-District honors.
Grades–His GPA is 2.3. Benches 315.
Favorite Schools–Committed to TOLEDO.
••• Connor Nagel 6-0, 220, 4.7 Lemont
He is the leading tackler in one of the state's top programs.
On Film–Connor made a switch nicely from SS to ILB and didn't skip a beat. He is aggressive, physical, smart, and most of all, productive. A strong player who could be a force at the point of attack, he runs wells laterally and excels when making plays while in pursuit.
Stats–Earned All-Conference honors for his play at LB and helped leading his team to a 31-1 record and into the state championship game.
Grades–His GPA is 3.5.
••• Michael Hellams 6-0, 215, 4.7 Bolingbrook
He is the last of the terrific trio from Bolingbrook.
On Film–A dominating player, he's the team's most physical player and that is saying something since they are all big hitters. He has the frame to weigh 240 in college and is best suited to play ILB at the next level although he plays OLB in high school. Quick to the ball, he's called a tackling machine by his coach and gets off his blocks quickly and flies to the ball.
Stats–He totaled 75 tackles on a 10 and 1 team.
Grades–His GPA is 2.3 and he scored a 21 on the ACT. Benches 330.
Favorite Schools–IL, WI, NORTHERN IL, ND STATE, WY, and CO STATE.
••• Cameron Stingily 6-1, 230, 4.6 Romeoville
He was the second leading tackler on a 2 and 7 team.
On Film–Cameron is a thumper. He excels as an ILB and is physical, tough, plays the game on his feet, shows good balance, stays low, and explodes into ball carriers. Certainly shows the size, speed, and strength to make it at the next level and is very agile and athletic. His brother, Byron Stingily, is an OL at Louisville.
Stats–Totaled 58 tackles, 3 sacks, 10 tackles for losses, and 3 caused fumbles in '08 on his way to earning All-Area honors.
Other Sports–He was 20 and 4 as a heavyweight wrestler.
Grades–His GPA is 2.3 and he scored a 17 on the ACT. Benches 335.
Favorite Schools–NORTHERN IL, PURDUE, IN, WI, LOUISVILLE, BALL STATE, and AZ.
••• Ron McNamara 6-3, 220, 4.7 Chicago St. Rita
Head Coach Todd Kuska says Ron is as good as Iowa freshman Marty Hopkins.
On Film–A smart ball player who is rarely caught out of position, he makes plays from sideline to sideline, and is always around the ball. He is aggressive, a hard hitter, and very instinctive.
Stats–Totaled 53 tackles and 11 sacks on his way to earning some All-Catholic League mention. He had 3 sacks against Mt. Carmel.
Grades–His GPA is 3.6 and he scored a 23 on the ACT.
Favorite Schools–PURDUE, IN, MI STATE, BALL STATE, NOTRE DAME, WESTERN MI, and EASTERN MI.
••• Joe Campagna 6-1, 215, 4.7 Chicago St. Rita
This school is famous for producing great linebackers and this year they've got a couple of very good ones including Joe.
On Film–Joe is an outstanding run stuffer, fills hard, takes on blockers, stays on his feet, and does a good job of wrapping up. A steady player in the Chicago Catholic League, he's athletic and chases well. Also plays well in the open field.
Stats–Recorded 78 stops and 3 sacks on his way to finishing as his team's second leading tackler.
Grades–His GPA is 2.7 and he scored a 24 on the ACT.
Favorite Schools–SOUTHERN IL, NORTHERN IL, IN, BALL STATE, MI STATE, WESTERN IL, and NORTHWESTERN.
••• J.D. Barchard 6-2, 215, 4.7 Crystal Lake South
Last season he was considered to be the top prospect in his conference.
On Film–J.D. is a tackling machine, physical, hard hitting, and instinctive. He is very strong at the point of attack, is quick, and can make plays from sideline to sideline.
Stats–Totaled 93 tackles, 2 sacks, 7 tackles for losses and also caused 7 fumbles as a junior.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0.
••• Sean Conerty 6-0, 220, 4.8 Arlington Heights St. Viator
He is another very talented LB.
On Film–He plays OLB, is quick, reads well, shows a passion for the game, works hard to free himself up from blocks, and is an intense hitter. He loves to mix it up. He also plays TE on offense.
Stats–Totaled 49 tackles, 6 sacks, 10 tackles for losses, and 1 pick in '08.
Other Sports–He was 18 and 17 as a 215 pound wrestler. His father played RB at Miami of Ohio.
Grades–His GPA is 3.2 and he scored a 25 on the ACT. Benches 260.
Favorite Schools–IL, PURDUE, WI, NORTHWESTERN, IN, and MIAMI of OH.
••• Anthony Jahns 6-1, 220, 4.7 Niles Notre Dame
Over the past several years this school has produced some pretty good defensive ball players and Anthony is the latest defensive standout to come out of that school.
On Film–He played ILB, OLB, and DE on defense and even played FS his first two years. He played most of the last season at DE showing good bend off the edge, quickness, and an excellent closing burst. A very aggressive, hard hitting defender who is very physical, fluid in his movements, and does a good job of coming off blocks and making plays.
Stats–Totaled 48 tackles, 5 sacks, and 5 tackles for losses in '08 including 2 sacks in the class 8A semi-final game.
Other Sports–He has thrown the discus over 43' in track.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5. Benches 300.
Favorite Schools–IOWA, IN, BALL STATE, PURDUE, WESTERN IL, IL STATE, EASTERN IL, and SOUTHERN IL.
Other Linebackers to Watch:
Philip Wells 6-2, 205, 4.6 Maywood Proviso East
Zak Burns 5-11, 215, 4.6 Lemont
Jevar Glover 6-1, 245, 4.9 Maywood Proviso East
Matt Ives 6-0, 200, 4.8 Wheaton Warrenville South
Josh Dabney 6-0, 205, 4.6 Evanston
Jake Stockman 6-2, 220, 4.7 Joliet Catholic
Connor Loftus 6-2, 215, 4.6 Glen Ellyn Glenbard West
Brandon Prate 6-4, 240, 4.6 Wauconda
Ryan Carr 6-3, 220, 4.8 Plainfield Central
David Lee 6-3, 215, 4.6 Chicago Hubbard
Ed Keating 6-2, 215, 4.6 Chicago De LaSalle
Jerome Lasetre 6-0, 225, 4.6 Chicago Hubbard
Shawn Fuller 6-0, 210, 4.6 Harvey Thornton
Pat Friel 6-3, 220, 4.7 St. Charles East
••••+ Corey Cooper 6-2, 202, 4.42 Maywood Proviso East
He is one of the premiere FS prospects in the Midwest.
On Film–Corey brings size, speed, strength, and overall instincts to the recruiting table. An outstanding athlete, he is being recruited at both the WR and FS positions. I attended a couple of his games last year and was more impressed with him on the defensive side of the ball where he shows great range, a smooth backpedal, can turn his hips, does a good job of reading the QB, and can close quickly on passes in front of him. A very physical, hard-hitting safety, he shows excellent range and very good straight line speed. On offense, he is a sure-handed receiver who can create after the catch. Shows an outstanding burst; I saw him return a kickoff back for 98 yards in one game out running a very fast defense when doing so. He is a playmaker with difference-maker type of ability.
Stats–Caught 41 passes for 714 yds and 8 TDs on offense and totaled 64 tackles, 1 sack, 7 tackles for losses, picked off 4 passes, recovered 5 fumbles, and also broke up 14 passes. He returned 2 kickoffs and 2 punts for scores.
Other Sports–He has been timed in a 10.7 100 and a 21.9 200 meters in track.
Grades–His GPA is 2.7 and he scored an 18 on the ACT. Benches 315 and has a very good 38" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed a long time ago to ILLINOIS but has since visited several other schools so you never know. Right now the Illini still lead and he is also looking at TN, NOTRE DAME, MI STATE, PURDUE, STANFORD, NORTHWESTERN, MN, and NE.
•••• Antoine Lewis 5-11, 175, 4.35 Maywood Proviso East
Everyone came to this school back in the spring to see Corey Cooper and they all came away also excited about Mr. Lewis.
On Film–He is another two-way player with strong hands and great burst on offense, and shows terrific cover skills on defense. He is one of the fastest players in the state of Illinois showing quick feet and compact and efficient backpedal. Also reads quarterbacks well, closes quickly on the ball, and shows good recovery speed. He has the kind of speed that will allow him to run with any of the nation's top WR prospects. Improved with every game in '08 and big things are expected of him this year.
Stats–Totaled 40 tackles, 4 picks, broke up 6 passes, and caused 2 fumbles as a junior and also caught 35 passes for 650 yds and 9 TDs.
Other Sports–He has been timed in a 10.5 100 and a 21.7 200 meters in track.
Grades–His GPA is 2.8. Benches 245 and has a 35" VJ.
Favorite Schools–Committed to MINNESOTA.
•••+ Ronnie Oliver 5-10, 185, 4.45 Chicago Hubbard
He is one of the more versatile ball players in the Chicago Public League. Last season he played RB, WR, CB, and returned kicks. His coach, Elton Harris, believes he is best suited to be a CB at the next level.
On Film–He proves to be quick and athletic, shows good technique, is physical in coverage, exceptional in man-to-man defense, can accelerate quickly to full speed, and has a smooth backpedal.
Stats–He totaled 38 tackles, 3 picks, broke up 11 passes at CB, and rushed for 900 yds, 10 TDs and returned 4 kickoffs and 1 punt back for scores on his way to earning All-Public League honors.
Grades–His GPA is 2.2.
•••+ Erick King 6-3, 190, 4.55 Lincolnshire Stevenson
He is the son of former Chicago Bull Stacey King. His star is certainly pointing up as one of the top prospects in the Chicagoland area.
On Film–Erik brings size, speed, strength, production, and leadership skills to the recruiting table. He can play WR but is best suited to play FS at the next level because of his range, smarts, and instincts. A smart player who makes the calls in the secondary, he shows the agility of a CB and the strength of an FS. He always delivers hard hits normally bringing down ball carriers on first impact.
Stats–Recorded 56 tackles, 2 picks, batted down 10 passes, and caused 2 fumbles despite the fact that he missed two games due to a groin injury.
Other Sports–He batted 300 as a right fielder in baseball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.2 and scored a 24 on the ACT. Benches 325.
Favorite Schools–NORTHERN IL, CO, NORTHWESTERN, BOISE STATE, UT, OK, and IA. Both his parents are Oklahoma grads.
••• Brian Jones 5-11, 180, 4.5 Chicago Morgan Park
He possesses terrific all around speed and is one of the fastest rising DB prospects in the state.
On Film–Brian shows good cover skills, is smooth in transition, can turn his hips, and is very productive. He could wind up playing either FS or CB at the next level. One of the more physical DB's in the state of Illinois.
Favorite Schools–Looking at WYOMING, AKRON, NORTHERN IL, IN, BALL STATE, IOWA, BUFFALO, TOLEDO, MIAMI of OH, and WI.
••• Brandon Jack Davis 6-0, 205, 4.55 North Chicago
As a junior he was the team's leading tackler as an ILB.
On Film–His coach believes he is best suited to play FS or SS in college. On film he is athletic, tough, aggressive, fills hard, displays excellent footwork, and strong hands. He always seems to play under control and shows good change of direction.
Stats–Totaled 95 tackles, 10 sacks, 29 tackles for losses, 1 pick, and 2 caused fumbles in '08.
Other Sports–He has been timed in a 10.8 100, a 22 flat 200 meters and has long jumped 20' in track.
Grades–His GPA is 2.7 and scored an 18 on the ACT. Benches 315 and has a 34" VJ.
Favorite Schools–WI, CO, AZ, NORTHERN IL, IN, PURDUE, and MN.
••• Deonte Jackson 5-10, 166, 4.5 Olympia Fields Rich Central
A definite Division I prospect who earned All-Conference honors as a sophomore CB and then as an FS as a junior.
On Film–He shows very good speed, instincts, and excels in man-to-man coverage. Very physical for a 166 pounder, he has quick feet and a compact and smooth backpedal. Reads quarterbacks well and can close quickly on passes in front of him.
Stats–Earned All-Conference honors in '08 after totaling 76 tackles, 1 pick, broke up 11 passes, and causing 2 fumbles.
Other Sports–He has been timed in a 10.9 100, a 22.4 200 meters, and has long jumped 20' in track.
Grades–His GPA is 2.9. Benches 335 and has a 33" VJ.
Favorite Schools–IL, PURDUE, IN, BALL STATE, NORTHWESTERN, and CINCY.
••• Brett Seeger 6-2, 185, 4.6 Barrington
He is the younger brother of Boston College's Garrett Seeger.
On Film–Brett shows a nose for the football and is an expert in coverage. He is known for his hard-hitting style of play when playing a play against the run, and he is an aggressive defender who attacks the line of scrimmage and run support. He reads and reacts to the QB well and shows the quick acceleration and range needed to play the FS position.
Stats–Totaled 65 tackles, 5 picks, broke up 8 passes, and batted down 12 others in '08.
Other Sports–He has been timed in an 11.2 100 and runs the hurdles in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.0. Benches 215 and has a 33" VJ.
Favorite Schools–KS, NORTHERN IL, IN, IL STATE, MO, CO, CENTRAL MI, and NORTHWESTERN.
••• Jack Etchingham 6-2, 195, 4.6 Arlington Heights St. Viator
He is one of the fastest rising FS prospects in the Chicagoland area.
On Film–Jack plays very well in run support and fills gaps. He shows good speed and makes plays all over the field. An aggressive ball player, he has a smooth backpedal, is quick in transition, and has a nose for the ball. Takes good angles when chasing plays from behind and excels in both zone coverage and in man to man. He is also effective in playing close to the line and jamming receivers.
Grades–His GPA is 4.0 and scored a 32 on the ACT. Benches 300.
Favorite Schools–NORTHWESTERN, IA, MN, IN, PURDUE, HARVARD, YALE, PRINCETON, and VANDY.
••• Devonta Avery 6-3, 200, 4.5 Chicago Hubbard
He certainly shows all the tools to become an impact player at the next level.
On Film–Not as consistent as you would like but certainly shows the size, speed, and aggressiveness needed to play the FS position in Division I ball. Played CB most of 2008 and did a pretty good job proving to be quick in transition, can turn his hips, and excels in one-on-one passing situations.
Stats–Earned All-City selection after picking off 9 passes and breaking up 13 others and totaling 48 tackles.
Other Sports–He also plays guard in basketball and runs sprints in track.
Grades–His GPA is 2.5.
••• Ryan Hickey 6-0, 195, 4.5 Lincoln-Way East
A standout high school LB who has the size, speed, and aggressiveness to easily switch to the FS position in college.
On Film–Ryan impresses me with his ability to get to the ball. He's been blessed with long arms, quick feet, a smooth backpedal, he's quick in transition, does a good job in pass defense, and can come up and support the run. He does everything effortlessly and smoothly. He has very good instincts and always seems to know where the ball is at all times.
Stats–This past fall he earned 2nd Team All-Conference honors totaling 54 tackles, 2 sacks, and 8 tackles for losses.
Grades–His GPA is 3.4. Benches 270.
Other Defensive Backs to Watch:
Herb Offord 6-0, 170, 4.5 Country Club Hills Hillcrest
Craig Barksdale 6-2, 200, 4.6 Crete-Monee
Dondre Adams 5-9, 185, 4.35 Plainfield South
Darryl Johnson 5-10, 180, 4.49 Hillside Proviso West
Malik Thurman 5-10, 170, 4.6 Hillside Proviso West
Phil Schmidt 5-11, 185, 4.4 Lisle Benet Academy
Zane Gilfillan 6-0, 190, 4.55 Rockford Guilford
Kevin Collins 6-3, 200, 4.5 Chicago Hubbard
Evan Pegues 6-2, 215, 4.5 Chicago Hubbard
••• Nick Immekus 6-0, 235, 5.0 Wheaton Warrenville South
He is being recruited as both a kicker and a punter and also a long snapper at center.
On Film–He is very strong in the legs, has a big kickoff leg, and the majority of his kickoffs go through the end zone. A very accurate kicker, he is cool under pressure.
Stats–Last season converted 4 of 5 field goals including a long of 47 yards, which beat conference rival Glenbard North and converted on 35 of 39 extra points.
Other Sports–He is also a shot putter in track.
Grades–His GPA is 3.8.
Favorite Schools–PURDUE, NORTHERN IL, MI, MI STATE, MN, IL, IL STATE, DRAKE, MIAMI OF OH, and BALL STATE.
••• Kyle Jachim 6-0, 185, 4.5 Chicago St. Rita
Although he is one of the Catholic League's top kickers, he prefers to play WR.
On Film–He shows good hands, very good speed, runs precise routes, and knows how to get open. His speed and cutting ability also makes things interesting after the catch. His punting coach, J.J. Standering, who played at Northwestern, says that Kyle is better at this stage than former St. Rita star Ryan Donahue, who is now the punter at Iowa. He gets great hang time, can really boom the punts, and is just a good all around athlete. Against Brother Rice he punted the ball just about every time inside the 10 yard line.
Other Sports–He is a standout outfielder in baseball.
Grades–His GPA is 3.3 and he scored a 21 on the ACT. Benches 240.
Favorite Schools–WI, IA, and MI STATE.
••• Matt Kenahan 6-0, 170, 4.8 Riverside Brookfield
Here's another kicker with a booming leg.
On Film–He plays on a high octane offense but gets a lot of chances to kick field goals and PATs. He is exceptionally consistent from 50 yards on in, kicks his field goals off the ground, and gets great distance and hang time on his kickoffs.
Stats–The top kicker in his conference that converted on 42 of 45 PATs, 8 of 8 against Fenton.
Other Sports–He is a standout in baseball, soccer, and swimming.
Grades–His GPA is 4.4 and he scored a 31 on the ACT.
Favorite Schools–STANFORD, HARVARD, BROWN, CORNELL, and ARMY.
Adam Syvertsen 5-1, 165, 4.9 Schaumburg
He will only be a junior but is already being talked about by the rival conference coaches.
On Film–A standout in soccer, he brought his strong leg to Schaumburg High School last season and impressed everyone with his leg strength and accuracy. Great under pressure and kicked the game winner in the rain last November, and was 2 of 3 on onside kicks.
Stats–He was 7 for 7 on field goals with a long of 41. Big things are expected of him over the next two years.
Grades–His GPA is 3.6. Benches 225.
Favorite Schools–NORTHWESTERN, IA, MO, and BALL STATE.