A look at Illinois' top juniors

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Offensive tackle Christian Lombard of Fremd and wide receiver C.J. Fiedorowicz of Johnsburg are the top prospects in the junior class in Illinois and LaSteven McKinney of Nazareth is the leading running back.

Lombard,a 6-6, 278-pounder, is the No. 1 lineman in the Chicago area next to Notre Dame-bound senior Chris Watt of Glenbard West. He is a natural athlete, very consistent, quick off the ball, strong and technically sound. Iowa offered him after his freshman year.Notre Dame and Michigan also have offered.

Fiedorowicz, a 6-7, 238-pounder, has been offered by LSU, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona, Duke and Notre Dame. He looks like a man among boys. He is a great target at wide receiver or tight end. He is very athletic. He looks like a college player already.

McKinney is short and squat with a low center of gravity. But he has burst and can take punishment. He has a lot of Division I skills. In my opinion, he is a Big Ten running back, a cross between Garrett Wolfe and Michael Turner. Look for several major colleges to offer him soon.

Thornton's Darren Jones could be the next quarterback/athlete to make it in college. He has great running skills and is a strong thrower. Look for interest to increase now that Jones is getting exposure in coach Bill Mosel's new shotgun, no-huddle offense. Jones is a good fit for a spread offense that will utilize his talents as a quarterback.

Speaking of quarterbacks, Aurora Christian's Jordan Roberts is closing in on two all-time state passing records. Sure, the competition he faces isn't on par with the Catholic League or DuPage Valley. But I think he is a Division I prospect. He is a precision passer who is cool under pressure.

Another quarterback who is rising on the chart is Tom Gibson of Brother Rice. He can run and throw and has been very productive this season for an unbeaten team. College recruiters should take a look.

I'm still very on St. Rita linebacker Marty Hopkins. I saw him in Cincinnati and said he was one of the three best players among the 12 teams that participated in the Kirk Herbstreit Shootout. The 6-3, 235-pounder was the most dominating defensive player in the event. I am shocked to see that he has no Big Ten offers and only four MAC offers. But I believe he certainly can play in the Big Ten and I expect he will have several big-time offers before the season ends. When he does, a lot of people will wonder why they didn't go after him.

Hopkins' teammate, versatile Dave Marciano, also has proven that he is a Division I prospect despite his smallish stature. In fact, he is emerging as a Player of the Year candidate in the Chicago area. He plays hard on both sides of the ball. He could grow into a linebacker or safety in college. He definitely can play defense at the Division I level.

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What is the word on Ratay in Geneva? Is he too small, doesn't seem to be gathering any attention at all for the numbers he has/is putting up. Also a junior named Boenzi? any word on him? Watched them both last week, Boenzi has great feet for 275lbs.

Another Junior thats needs a look at is Lemont's Pat Driscoll 6'4 270lb. defensive lineman. Started as a sophmore. He has real good strength and speed.

What about Chance Carter of Loyola? He is a beast at defensive end. And what schools are involved with him? Also Darrell Sheppard rb/lb at Evanston? He should be a big time prospect.

There is another Junior that is starting to turn heads...Andrew Schofield from Sandburg, starting OT for the Eagles, he is 6 foot 5 ans 230 pounds, he is a young Junior 16 years old (6/19/92). His brother Michael (the other OT for Sandburg and a Vebal Committment to Michigan) got a call from his Michigan recruiting coach asking about his brother. Andrew made a big impression last week in the Andrew/Sandburg game.
EdgyTim was there and also the O-Line coach from Michigan....

two linemen at west aurora. Matt Gorges and marcos hernandez. they did a real nice job at dominating the left side of the ball. i dont see why D2 isnt an option. D1 if they stay lifting and drilling hard. Hernandez has great feet for 275. great flexibilty. he's a wrestler.
Gorges, great kid. 6-4 250. Bulk up. tough kid. great off the ball. excellent pass protector. with hernandez to the right of him and vice versa they will be quite the duo next year.

Mr Lemming,
I must say I think you do amazing job at finding talent out there. I will never forget when nobody knew about Chris Zorich from CVS and you said you felt this kid had a future in football because of his heart and passion for the game .He was a good high school football player ,above average but you felt there was something special about the guy and GOD YOU WERE RIGHT !!!! That is why you are the bset at what you do,you do not just look at their talent but also their heart ! congrats on a amazing job over the last 25 years. You and Taylor Bell are the best one two punch in all the land when it comes picking talent .

Jordan Byrd he is about 175 6 foot. He plays for undefeated rich east junior startin cornerback he is real good he can tackle real good n coverage the deep ball real good he already has 2 interceptions n the first week and he plays kick return he has a touchdown off kick return too he is goin to be a good player players n coaches n scouts watch out

Has anyone heard of Mike O'Donoghue he plays for Mundelein, saw him play against Lake Zurich. He had great coverage on defense forcing and recovering a fumble, had an interception and three knockdowns. I don't know how many solo tackles. If that weren't enough he was a running back on offense and their kicker. Seems like a decent size at 6' 175lbs and he's just a junior.

REGGIE BYRD IS A GOOD BACK FOR RICH EAST HIGH SCHOOL SO IS DANIEL HARRIS. THEY DONT HAVE A GOOD LINE BUT THEY STILL GET THE JOB DONE. GREGORY BARKSDALE IS A GREAT DEFENSE OF PLAYER FOR CRETE MONEE HIGH SCHOOL THAT IS 5-3 WHO DEFEATED RICH EAST THIS YEAR. CRETE MONEE HAS A WIDE OUT AND CORNERBACK DYLEEN HE IS A GREAT PLAYER HE DOES GREAT THINGS FOR CRETE MONEE. JAMES BLAIR IS ANOTHER GREAT PLAYER HE PLAYS FOR RICH SOUTH WIDE RECEIVER HE HAS GREAT HEIGHT SO HE WOULD BE ABLE TO SNAG PLAYERS. GEORGIO BOWERS IS ONE OF THE BEST JUNIOR RUNNING BACKS IN STATE HIS TEAM IS NOT THAT GOOD BUT HE DOES GET HIS JOB DONE 2-6 RECORD. KANKAKEE HAS ALOT OF GREAT PLAYERS ON THERE TEAM AND THEY ARE REALLY FAST THEY ARE PROBABLY THE FASTEST TEAM IN CONFERENCE. JORDAN BYRD PLAYS FOR RICH EAST HIGH SCHOOL FORMER BROTHER OF REGGIE BYRD PLAYS CORNER BACK HE DOES A GREAT JOB OF COVERAGE AND HE ALWAYS COMES UP IN HIT. HE HAS 3 INTERCEPTIONS IN THE SEASON AND HE IS A GREAT KICK RETURNER................................~

Matt Perez is the best running back Maine South has had since the likes of Tom Spotts, Mike Eaker & Jon Wittmus.

I watched Jordan play for the first time against oswego high school he doesnt play like a corner he is more like a safety because he comes up a lot. He is gettin looks from minnesota in nebraska he is going to be a good football player just like his brother reggie byrd whoms have many D1 looks

Crete Monee should be a deep team to watch in class 6a they have all area Gregory Barksdale. And they have most of there defense too. And they will have some transfers look out for Crete Monee Warriors.

MR.Lemming,
There is a division 1 player at Rich East Campus brother of Reggie Byrd younger brother Jordan Byrd. If u seen him play he is a great football player. I think we need to get more scouts out too watch him play cause he is that good

Crete Monee will be a top team for 2009 2010 season winning there conference last year with a very young talented team they lost Joliet Catholic in the first round season of last year this year will be interesting with the star Gregory Barksdale coming back all they need is a couple of impact players on offense and you will see Crete Monee Warriors in the 2009 2010 State Championship in Champaign

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Keep watching Scott Kuehn, WR from Waubonsie Valley (Aurora, IL), Class 2010. He is 6'0", 190 lbs and runs official 4.54 (hand) and 4.67 (electronic) in 40yd.

Finished junior season with 61 catches, 687 yds, 9 TDs in just 10 games playing the Slot receiver in ther spread offense. Earned several school records, All-State Special Mention (Tribune) and several All Area/Conference awards.

In last month, he has been to several combines and done very well.

- NUC Combine (Chicago, Apr 26): Awarded "Fastest Man" with 4.54 in 40 yd (tied Giorgio Bowers); WR play got him invited to their Regional Combine in Indy in July

- FBU Camp (Chicago, May 1-3): 2 1/2 day camp with WR instructor Andre Rison resulted in Kuehn getting nomination for FBU/Rivals "Top Gun" on the spot.

- Scout Combine (Chicago, May 10): got "Elite Eight" award for being Top 8 offensive performer for any position.

- Nike Camp (Champaign, June 6): invite only coming up

In addition to WR, he is also slated to start as Kick Returner, and Kicker/Punter for Waubonsie (8A). Witnessed by many at FBU camp putting FGs thru from 55 yards during lunch break. As junior, he was back up to nationally ranked K/P Mitch Ewald. As sophomore, he was 27-31 XPs and 3-4 FGS, including a 45 yd FG (on tape). As freshman he kicked 37 yd game winning FG.

The Rich East Rockets will struggle this year, especially with the talented Crete-Monee Warriors, and Giorgio Bowers in the same conference, But they will still be very dangerous. Their team will be lead by Robert Wesley jr, Marquette Privott, Darryl Jounson, "Bolo" Echols, and a host of other talented players.

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