Best of a below average crop

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It is a below average year for football talent in the Chicago area and the state of Illinois. Only three players are good enough to rank among the top 100 in the nation and only 19, including two from Leo, Thornton and East St. Louis, are good enough to rank among the top 25 at their positions, the lowest number in a long time.

The trio of top 100 players are defensive end Craig Drummond of Morgan Park, offensive lineman Chris Watt of Glenbard West and quarterback Jon Budmayr of Marian Central. Watt is committed to Notre Dame, Budmayr to Wisconsin.

Three quarterbacks rank among the top 25 with their pro-style skills--Budmayr, Evan Watkins (Northwestern) of Glenbard North and Charlie Goro of Maine South.

Thornton quarterback Darren Jones ranks among the best run/pass/athletic quarterbacks in the country.

Wheaton North's Mike Trumpy (Northwestern) is the only running back on the list while Thornton's Greg Fuller (Illinois) and Lemont's Tyler Burns are top 25 fullbacks.

Kraig Appleton and Terry Hawthorne (Illinois) are among the top 12 wide receivers in the nation. Appleton also is expected to commit to Illinois.

Richards' Shaun Pratl is the only tight end, Leo's Lendell Bruckner (Illinois) is the only defensive tackle and Hubbard's Darius Moffett is the only linebacker.

Drummond and Homewood-Flossmoor's Mike Buchanan are standouts at defensive end, Watt and Leo's Leon Hill (Illinois) are listed as guards and Sandburg's Mike Schofield (Michigan) and Providence's Pat Ward are tackles.

Thornton's Jamal Gray is a pure athlete who could play wide receiver or defensive back in college.

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Josh Schaefer from neuqua valley will go mid D1

Watch out for Tyler Castro of Waubonsie Valley should mature much more this year and be an outstanding quarter back with better decision making and accuracy .He has a very strong arm and can run.Also look out for Garrett Rivers a west Aurora running back to have an outstanding year , he is one tough competitor, who is strong and fast. Another young man who will be outstanding is Jamel Martin a running back from Bolinbrook high school. I had the pleasure and honor to coach these young men when played together on the Naperville Redskins.

Look Out for Tyler Burns ( Fullback ) Lemont. This kid is a machine, a real powerhouse. Power with a capital "P"

Derrick Lewis From Romeoville will
be Ranked as off the end of 2008 football season.

ONE PLAYER WHO IS UNDER THE RADAR BUT WILL NOT BE FOR LONG IS BROTHER RICE'S WR KENNETH FURLOUGH. STANDING 6'4" AND WEIGHING 185 LBS FURLOUGH ATTENDED PENN STATE'S SENIOR CAMP UNINVITED IN JUNE AND BY THE END OF THE CAMP HE WAS IN REGULAR ROTATION WITH THE WR WHO IS BEING RECRUITED BY PENN STATE. FURLOUGH IS DRAWING INTEREST FROM LEHIGH UNIVERSITY, CORNELL UNIVERSITY, BROWN UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF ALBANY AND YES PENN STATE UNIVERSITY. HE IS DEFINATELY A PLAYER TO WATCH THIS SEASON

Watch out for #94 on St. Pat's defensive line, Steven Jones. He transfered from OPRF. In his Junior year he had to sit out a year. No recruiters could possibly have seen him because even though he came to every practice and every game, he couldn't play because Coach Nudera of OPRF would not sign a waiver. A lot of kids are under the radar, like those that have already commented above. Good things are happening for St. Pat's, our defense is strong. Plenty of above-average players are overlooked. Don't count them out.

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