Steve Walker, 6-1, 190, sr., Lockport. the Porters to their first state championship game, completing nearly 60 percent of his passes for 3,786 yards and 33 TDs. Best assets are his uncanny accuracy and touch on deep passes. Drawing some interest from Northwestern, Eastern Illinois and North Central.
Kenni Burns, 6-1, 190, sr., Sacred Heart-Griffin. Rushed for 2,464 yards and 36 TDs for the Springfield school with his 4.4-second speed. The Central State Eight player of the year is being recruited by Iowa, Penn State, Oregon, Missouri, Northern Illinois and Indiana.
Brian Grzelakowski, 5-11, 195, sr., Hinsdale Central. The stellar student-athlete (5.12/5.0 GPA, 29 ACT) helped lead the Red Devils to their first state semifinal appearance, rushing for 2,356 yards and 27 TDs while piling up more than 2,600 all-purpose yards.
Pierre Thomas, 5-11, 190, sr., Thornton Fractional South. Ability to break tackles and then break away from pursuit enabled the Illinois-bound star to rush for 2,373 yards and score 38 touchdowns. "You've got your heart in your mouth every time he carries the ball because he could score at any time," said Richards coach Gary Korhonen.
Spencer Jensen, 6-0, 175, sr., Lockport. With three seconds left and a berth in the 8A title game on the line, the Porters went to Jensen, who made the biggest TD catch in school history to beat Hinsdale Central 41-38. Jensen caught 68 passes for 1,443 yards and 16 TDs.
Derek Rademaker, 6-1, 175, sr., Pekin. Set the state record for career receptions with 217, surpassing the 199 of ex-Kaneland All-Stater P.J. Fleck (1998), who is now at Nothern Illinois. Rademaker had 94 catches for 1,357 yards and 15 total TDs.
Ben Amundsen, 6-6, 290, sr., Moline. The best player in Western Big Six and the most dominant Downstate lineman sealed off his side of the line all season. Illinois, Iowa are among colleges recruiting him.
Mike Jones, 6-5, 310, sr., Richards. Rated among the top offensive linemen in the country, Jones has set up visits to Notre Dame, Iowa, Michigan and Tennessee and is also being heavily recruited by Miami, Oklahoma and Nebraska.
Robbie Krutilla, 6-3, 285, sr., Mt. Carmel. His blocking has enabled second-team All-Stater Greg Owens to rush for 1,562 yards and 14 TDs and QB Dan O'Brien to accumulate 1,217 total yards and 29 total TDs.
Akim Millington, 6-6, 310, sr., Wheaton North. This nationally rated offensive tackle played a key role in the Falcons' 12-1 season and their berth in the 8A semifinals. After considering scholarship offers from 15 colleges, including Iowa, Miami and Wisconsin, Millington made an oral commitment to Oklahoma on Nov. 3.
Martin O'Donnell, 6-5, 300, sr., Downers Grove South. Several national recruiting services rated this two-time All-Stater as the No. 1 offensive lineman in the country. A terrific student (4.2/4.0 GPA, 28 ACT), he is considering Illinois, Nebraska, Stanford, Penn State and Oregon.
Shane Longest, 5-11, 165, jr., Wilmington. After starting at quarterback on the freshman and sophomore teams, this former soccer player became a long-range weapon who helped lead the Wildcats to the 3A semifinals. Among his nine field goals in 13 tries, he kicked a 52-yarder against Manteno.