After observing Loyola's 35-14 victory over Brother Rice last Saturday in Wilmette, I concluded that Loyola coach John Holecek has several potential college scholarship athletes on his roster. And sophomore Chance Carter probably is the best of all.
Carter, a 6-4, 240-pound defensive end, is the best sophomore I have seen this year, based on pure talent and athletic ability and aggressiveness. I'm told he is a very good basketball player who is just beginning to become a football player. He is excellent in pursuit. It seemed as though Brother Rice was running away from him.
In two years, I project that Carter will weigh 260 pounds and will be one of the most widely recruited defensive ends in the country. Once he concentrates on football, he will be outstanding. He reminds me of St. Rita's Darius Fleming because of his aggressiveness. His motor is always running. And he will be bigger than Fleming as a senior.
Quarterback Peter Badovinac, a 6-3, 210-pound senior, impressed me with his accuracy, arm strength and abiity to throw deep with authority. He shows a Division I arm and leadership on and off the field, exactly what colleges are looking for.
Quarterback is one position that colleges often make mistakes at during the recruiting process. They didn't give serious looks to Brett Favre, Michael Vick, Jeff Garcia, Kurt Warner or Tony Romo, all of whom were overlooked by Division I schools but went on to play in the NFL. If Badovinac chooses a program that will work with his talent, he will make waves in college.
Three other Loyola players who impressed me were 6-2, 198-pound senior wide receiver/free safety/punter Brian Lindsay, who looked particularly good in the secondary; defensive back James Kurzawski, son of former Weber and Northwestern star Chico Kurzawski, whose lack of size (5-10, 180) but physical style will make him a solid Division II candidate; and 6-2, 288-pound junior center Alec Kosminskas, who demonstrated good straight-away speed.