I attended the Barrington/Fremd game last week and observed several good prospects, including Fremd quarterback Mark Tolzien and three sophomores who showed Division I potential and will bear watching in the next two years.
Tolzien isn't tall at 6-1, which is why he hasn't received a lot of scholarship offers, but he has command, presence and throws all of his passes on the money. I was impressed with his ability to roll out and throw on the run. He can throw the deep pass. Given a chance, he should shine in college. But will he get a chance?
Christian Lombard, Fremd's 6-6, 275-pound sophomore right tackle, will be one of the most recruited players in the state in two years. He is very athletic and moves well. Once people figure out who he is, he'll attract plenty of attention. On the game program, however, he was listed at 6-5, 260 and a senior...wrong number, wrong class, wrong size and wrong position. Keep an eye on him.
Barrington has two sophomores to watch--6-0, 165-pound cornerback Brett Seeger, brother of former Bronco quarterback Garrett Seeger, and 5-8, 185-pound tailback Terrance Terry, who is as good as former Barrington star Andre Anderson (who went to Michigan State) at the same age. Seeger, only 15, is a good cover corner and showed good instincts. Terry has good vision, strong legs and good speed.
Barrington also has three other players who impressed me--6-4, 260-pound junior offensive tackle Trevor Laue, whose brother is at Western Michigan, 6-3, 205-pound senior wide receiver J.C. Stickney and 6-4, 260-pound defensive tackle Andrew Cobb, who has been offered by Air Force.
Laue will weigh close to 300 pounds in two years. Stickney makes plays, shows Division I skills and projects as a Mid-America Conference player as a safety and wide receiver. Cobb will attract more interest once other colleges see his senior tapes.
Elsewhere, Lemont's Brett Nagel has informed colleges that he doesn't want to be recruited on defense. He wants to be a quarterback, tight end or receiver. He favors Stanford, Boston College and Iowa. His cousin, former Joliet Catholic star Coby Fleener, is at Stanford.
Nationally, Will Hill of Jersey City, N.J., the best free safety in the country, picked Florida over USC. He is Florida coach Urban Meyer's biggest catch to date. Hill also is an outstanding option quarterback.
Illinois coach Ron Zook is anxious to get running back/athlete Lamaar Thomas of Fort Washington, Md., to visit the Champaign-Urbana campus. Thomas, a top 100 prospect, has made unofficial visits to Ohio State and Maryland.
Michael Floyd of St. Paul, Minn., a wide receiver who is the best uncommitted player in the Midwest, has narrowed his choices to Ohio State, Minnesota and Notre Dame with Michigan still in the mix. Floyd was Minnesota's Player of the Year as a junior.