Chris Streveler, 6-2, 200, Marian Central, Sr.
Among the most productive players McHenry County has ever seen, the Minnesota recruit completed 164 of 248 attempts for 2,397 yards with 26 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions. Rushed for 1,124 yards and 22 TDs on 156 carries.
Matt Domer, 5-11, 180, Mount Carmel, Jr.
The soft-spoken Domer burst onto the scene in his first varsity season, quickly becoming the top threat for the Class 8A champion Caravan. Rushed for 1,370 yards and 20 TDs on 155 carries and became a
Austin Guido, 5-10, 195, Waubonsie Valley, Sr.
Waubonsie's single-season and career rushing leader had 2,365 yards and 31 TDs on 319 carries for the 10-2 Warriors. Finished his career with 4,114 yards on 589 carries. Dayton, Drake,
Ty Isaac, 6-2, 225, Joliet Catholic, Sr.
Kyle Norberg, 6-2, 215, Cary-Grove, Sr.
A move to fullback, where he had 2,330 yards and 26 TDs, took some time away at linebacker, where he recorded 26 tackles. Helped lead Trojans to Class 6A final.
Joey Borsellino, 5-11, 185, Montini, Sr.
The heart and soul of Montini's fourth consecutive 5A state championship team — he was a starter on three — Borsellino fought through injuries all season to record 69 receptions for 739 yards and 14 TDs. He rushed for another 244 yards and 5 TDs as a Wildcat QB. Northwest Missouri State offered.
Troy Fumagalli, 6-6, 225, Waubonsie Valley, Sr.
The tight end's receiving numbers — 26 catches, 441 yards, 5 TDs — don't begin to tell the story because he made it look easy on the rare occasions Waubonsie didn't run. The Wisconsin recruit also was a key blocker for an offense that rushed for nearly 4,000 yards, and he recorded 48 tackles and 4 sacks at defensive end.
Tim Manczko, 6-3, 200, Conant, Sr.
Two-time Offensive Player of the Year in the Mid-Suburban West, Manczko was a dominant force on both sides of the ball as a senior. Caught 59 passes for 977 yards and 12 TDs and scored another 7 TDs on the ground while rushing for 171 yards. Had 59 tackles and 4 INTs at safety. Several FCS schools are in the mix.
Randy Heideman, 6-7, 290, Normal Community, Sr.
A 5.0 honor student, academics played a role in Heideman choosing
Blake King, 6-5, 270, Minooka, Sr.
With a nice mix of size and athleticism, has the ability to play either guard or tackle at
Tim McAuliffe, Lemont, 6-2, 275, Sr.
Overshadowed by LSU-bound teammate Ethan Pocic on Lemont's offensive line, some coaches felt McAuliffe was every bit as good a high school player. He's expected to move from guard to center at Bowling Green.
Kendall Moore, 6-5, 265, Simeon, Sr.
The latest in a string of Division I linemen from Prep Bowl champion Simeon, Moore is the state's 18th-ranked prospect by Rivals. He has called
Nick Severs, 6-4, 260, Macomb, Sr.
Ranked 31st among Illinois prospects by Edgytim.com and 44th nationally among guards in the preseason by Rivals, the Iowa State recruit chose the Cyclones over Cincinnati,
Dimitri Taylor, 5-9, 185, Montini, Sr.
The star of the Montini's 19-6 victory over Morris in the Class 5A final with a 74-yard TD run and a 48-yard TD catch, Taylor finished the season with 1,531 yards rushing and 13 TDs on 189 carries. His breakaway ability made Montini's vaunted spread even more difficult to defend. Eastern Illinois and Coastal Carolina are among the interested parties.
Fred Beaugard, 6-4, 255, Montini, Sr.
Interest from colleges has picked up, and perhaps his 9-tackle, 3-sack showing in Montini's 19-6 victory over Morris in the Class 5A final had something to do with it. The DE finished the season with 75 tackles and 7 sacks. North Dakota has offered, and Eastern Illinois and Coastal Carolina are interested.
Merrick Jackson, 6-3, 340, Belleville Althoff, Sr.
The space-eating future Illini recorded 85 tackles, 3 sacks, and an interception for the Class 2A runner-up, including 8 solo tackles, a tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery in Althoff's 14-7 loss to Aledo Mercer County in the state final.
Evan Panfil, 6-5, 230, Lincoln-Way Central, Sr.
A recent Illinois commit, Panfil recorded 55 tackles and 9 sacks in leading a solid Central defense. He chose the Illini over several
Enoch Smith, 6-3, 260, Mount Carmel, Sr.
The Class 8A champs played great defense, and that started up front with Smith, Steve Richardson and David Denne. The disruptive force recorded 41 tackles, a remarkable 23 of which were behind the line of scrimmage.
Dakota Upchurch, 6-5, 240, Harrisburg, Sr.
Big and fast, Upchurch led Harrisburg to the Class 4A semifinals with 97 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss and 13 sacks. He also returned an interception for a TD.
Patrick Hart, 6-2, 225, Fenwick, Sr.
The Catholic League White Player of the Year recorded 123 tackles, 19 for a loss, and scored 3 defensive TDs to lead a resurgent season for the Friars.
Adam O'Grady, 6-0, 200, Lincoln-Way East, Sr.
One of the leaders of the 7A runner-up Griffins' hard-hitting defense, O'Grady had a huge statistical season with 125 tackles, 20 for a loss and 10 sacks. He's considering Miami of Ohio and Illinois State.
Reggie Spearman, 6-2, 220, Simeon, Sr.
The defensive leader of the Prep Bowl champs, Spearman recorded 120 tackles and 12 sacks for the
Jalen Banks, 5-11, 190, Thornton, Sr.
A four-year starter and honor student, he had 3 interceptions this season to finish his career with 10. The state's top-ranked DB recruit, he'll play in college football's strongest conference at Vanderbilt.
Justin Sanchez, 5-11, 180, Mount Carmel, Sr.
The All-Catholic League Blue selection saved his best for last, securing a place in Mount Carmel lore with 3 interceptions in the Caravan's 28-14 victory over Glenbard North in the Class 8A final. An honor student, he could be headed for the Ivy League.
Jack Toner, 6-2, 160, Benet, Sr.
Co-Defensive POY in the talent-rich East Suburban Catholic Conference, Toner's 2 interceptions and 11 passes broken up are more of an indication of teams' unwillingness to pass his way than his overall impact. He also had 29 receptions for 480 yards and 7 TDs. He scored a 31 on the ACT and is considering Penn, Dartmouth and the University of Chicago.
Joel Bouagnon, 6-2, 225, Aurora Christian, Sr.