3 players to watch

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With my annual book finally published and having rescheduled my trips to New York for my nationally televised show on CBS College Sports, I finally have some time to attend some high school football games in the Chicago area and evaluate some players on tapes that have been mailed to me.

Three players to watch--running back LaSteven McKinney of Nazareth Academy, two-way lineman Laken Tomlinson of LaneTech and wide receiver Kyle Prater of Proviso West, all juniors.

McKinney, a 5-9, 160-pounder, is a high school version of Barry Sanders. He has strong legs and great vision and has explosive moves. He also is a cross between Michael Turner and Garrett Wolfe. He isn't too small. Many people had questions about Turner and Wolfe but they are playing in the NFL.

I saw McKinney's tape in last Saturday's 69-21 victory over Riverside-Brookfield in which he carried only 12 times but gained 196 yards and scored five touchdowns. He was very impressive. He will put on weight and strength and will keep getting better. Without a doubt, he should get a lot of interest from Big Ten and other Division I schools.

Tomlinson, a 6-5, 290-pounder, also is a Division I prospect. Lane Tech coach Rich Rio describes Tomlinson as the best prospect on his roster.

Prater, a 6-4, 180-pounder, has Division I skills. He is playing for coach Famous Hulbert, a former Illinois player who is doing a good job of building his high school alma mater into a very competitive program in the West Suburban Silver Conference.

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Taylor Bell. You should go to Hales Fransican High School and take a look at 2 big time freshman playing football for them . QB Robert Gregory and strong saftey Thomas Burton. These 2 players will be big time after going to football camps after this season. They're also great basketball players too. Don't sleep on them...check them out!!!

Tip for Tom...

Player to now watch is Jr QB Brandon Beitzel at Geneva HS. He is flying low on all radars....but not for long. The 6'3" 205lb QB is extreemly well groomed and has the ability that should be showcased on a national stage. He's in the shadow of other standouts on the Geneva team...but soon to emerge as one of the states best QB's.

Investigate...see for yourself.

You should take a look at Junior Tailback/Linebacker Jerome Laseter of the Hubbard Greyhounds, He is one the up and coming running backs in high school today.

The best sophomore in the state has to be Davaris Daniels, his freshman highlight tape says it all.


Need to start tracking Waubonsie junior WR, Scott Kuehn (#5). Playing mostly 8A schedule, thru 5 games, he has 30 catches, 335 yards, 4 touchdowns as a slot receiver. He was leading receiver for Daily Herald area thru 4 weeks and should be again after 5 weeks.

He was officially clocked in 40 at 4.62 and the pro shuttle at 4.24 at the NUC Dallas Regional Combine (Jun 2008) after winning WR MVP at the Chicago Combine (Apr 2008 in Libertyville). His shuttle time was 4th fastest for entire regional combine. He also went to Ohio State skills camp in June and drew heavy attention from several Ohio State coaches, including Coach Tressel.

He is an offseason workaholic conditioning full time with Get Fast and private training with NFL combine record holder Kevin Kasper.

There are very few junior WR, especially at 8A level, posting anywhere near these kinds of numbers. You need to track Waubonsie junior WR, Scott Kuehn .. he has to be one of the top junior prospects in Chicago area.

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