Wauconda coach Glen Kozlowski, the former Bears wide receiver, asked me to attend his team's game against Vernon Hills last Friday. He wanted me to evaluate Brad Wisniewski, a 6-2, 230-pound fullback whom he believes is a big-time prospect that colleges are overlooking.
After watching Wisniewski rush for nearly 200 yards, I believe he is the best fullback prospect in the state. He doesn't have any scholarship offers but he shows Division I skills. His quickness (4.79) is suspect and is the likely reason why college recruiters aren't knocking on his door.
But he reminds me of an old-school Woody Hayes-type fullback. He can block, run and catch. It takes several tacklers to get him down on every play. I counted eight on one play. He runs like a bull, low to the ground and over tacklers. He can get the tough inside yards. He also is an excellent blocker.
A junior who could develop into a Division I player next year is Wauconda defensive back Colin McKenzie, a 6-1, 175-pounder who could play safety in college.
The best freshman in the state could be DaVaris Daniels of Vernon Hills, a 6-2, 175-pound wide receiver and the son of former Bears defensive lineman Phillip Daniels, who now plays for the Redkins. He starts on the varsity, the only freshman starter I've seen in the Chicago area.
Only 14, DaVaris is a go-to receiver and kick returner. He is very mature for his age. He got my attention right away. I didn't know who he was but he ran good pass routes even when he wasn't getting the ball. He showed great speed and body control--and he has three more years to develop. He'll be a big-name player as a senior.