I saw Lincoln-Way East, one of the best teams in the Chicago area, play at St. Charles East last weekend and I came away very impressed with the coaching of Lincoln-Way East's Rob Zvonar and his staff. The Griffins are an exceptionally well-coached team without any superstars. They don't make mistakes. They always get good field position and put their opponent in bad field position.
They have one Division I recruit, 6-5, 225-pound Blake Hammond, who is committed to Western Michigan. He is the starting quarterback but likely will play tight end in college. He is a good athlete--he played wide receiver as a junior and also plays basketball--who takes command on the field. He has good potential.
Before the season began, Zvonar said his best prospect was 6-4, 240-pound defensive end Dan Giordano. He said Giordano "is the best of anay junior we've had" and "the best of three Division I defensive linemen I've coached in the last six years." Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to see him perform because he was suspended for the first two games.
There is good news about running back Dan Cebula. It was feared he had been sidelined with a season-ending knee injury. But Zvonar reports he might miss only one or two games. A 5-9, 185-pound senior, Cebula was tough and quick and demonstrated that he has potential for a college scholarship. Or he could be an Ivy Leaguer. "He's the hardest worker we've had," the coach said.
A junior to watch is 6-2, 185-pound defense back Ezra Thompson.
St. Charles East features several juniors who bear watching--running back Wes Allen, 6-2, 205-pound linebacker Pat Friel, defensive back Jack Leopardo and 6-3, 275-pound offensive linemen Blake Griffiths and Brennan Walls.