The best prospect on the field in Saturday's thrilling Mount Carmel/Loyola game in Wilmette--the top-rated Caravan won in double overtime--was Loyola's Chance Carter.
Carter,a 6-4, 240-pound defensive end, will be special with more strength. As he is, the 15-year-old junior is one of the best defensive players in the state. He is very athletic and also plays basetball but his future is in football. He will be one of the most recruited players in the country as a senior. He is aggressive and very nimble footed. He will weigh 260-280 pounds in a couple of years with his frame.
I continue to be impressed with Loyola quarterback Peter Badovinac, who completed 28-of-48 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns against Mount Carmel. He has a big-league arm and is a good leader. I think he has what it takes to be a Division I quarterback.
But the best player on the field was Brian Lindsay, Loyola's wide receiver/defensive back. The 6-2, 200-pounder makes a lot of plays. He has Division I skills as a wide receiver or safety. He is a possession-type receiver and a good hitter on defense with good instincts.
Mount Carmel linebacker Steve Filer makes plays. He isn't as spectacular and doesn't possess the burst of St. Rita's Darius Fleming. He isn't a pass rusher like Fleming. But Filer is more consistent. He is steady, good on almost every play. He is either making a tackle or close to it on every snap. He always is around the ball, always on his feet.