Juniors get better and better

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The junior class keeps getting better and better, though some critics seem to disagree with my evaluation that Aurora Christian quarterback Jordan Roberts has Division I skills and go so far as to argue that he is overrated and overhyped.

Let's be clear. Roberts has Division I skills. He has vision, arm strength and good production. The level of his competition raises some doubts. I don't think he can play in the Big Ten. He lacks great size and great arm strength. But he can play in the MAC, which is Division I.

Roberts isn't as good as Maine South's Charlie Goro, an outstanding all-around athlete who has big-time size and speed and leadership qualities. He is a precision passer. He has what all college coaches are looking for, an athletic quarterback who can run a spread offense.

Goro made a wise choice in picking Vanderbilt. There will be no pressure there. He will have time to develop. In a couple of years, he will have an opportunity to make a name for himself in the SEC, as Jake Cutler did.

Remember, Goro had only MAC offers before Vanderbilt came along.So don't make anything out of the fact that Roberts has no offers at the moment. Brett Favre had one scholarship offer. Everybody turned down Drew Brees. Curt Warner had no offers, then walked on at Northern Iowa. The NFL is loaded with quarterbacks who people said couldn't make it.

I've made mistakes in evaluating players over 30 years. But it takes only one school to take a chance on a player. For every Peyton Manning, there are more Drew Brees. People said the same thing about Goro. Rivals.com didn't rank him among its top 50 quarterbacks early, either as pro-style or athletic. I ranked him No. 24 in the nation. He could play for anyone in the Big Ten, in my opinion. It makes no sense why more schools didn't offer him.

Other junior quarterbacks to watch are John Whitelaw of Hinsdale Central, Spencer Stanek of Lincoln-Way East, Cody Seeger of Barrington, Miles Osei of Prospect, Brandon Beitzel of Geneva, Mike Perish of Marist, Taylor Graham of Wheaton North and Joe Furco of Wheaton Warrenville South.

Other juniors who are attracting interest are 6-3, 215-pound linebacker Ryan Carr of Plainfield Central, wide receiver Scott Kuehn of Waubonsie Valley, running back/kick returner Evan Wright of Fremd, 6-4, 270-pound defensive lineman Pat Driscoll and running back Danny Hayes of Lemont, 6-5, 230-pound offensive tackle Andrew Schofield of Sandburg and 6-4, 240-pound defensive end Jack Dittmer of Fenwick.

Some late-blooming seniors who are making names for themselves are fullback Tyler Burns of Lemont and running backs Mike Gyetvay of Fremd and Sam Ojuri of Barrington. Burns,a 6-0, 225-pounder, is the best fullback prospect in the state.

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Well im going to keep saying this until someone belive me. Nathan Ollie of Mt. Carmel is a top 10 player in the state. He has a nice frame at 6'1 250 and could grow into a college inside linebacker. People need to take notice of this person. He started as a sop. varsity and also he was in the Maine South QB1 camp. When i was their i felt like he was the best lineman out their. well, look into and you'll see that this player has whats it takes to be a great football player.

Tom:
You've forgotten Tommy Rees QB @ Lake Forest who is one of the leading passers in the state/area.

What about 6'4 Junior Free Safety Erick King of Stevenson? Big strong physical safety who averages about 9 tackles a game and is second in the Mid Suburban conference in interceptions? His father is ex Chicago Bull Stacey King and he is one of the hardest hitters I've seen this year hands down.....

Scott Kuehn, junior WR (class 2010) at Waubonsie Valley, this week tacked on 9 more catches, 125 yards, 1 TD against Lake Park. This brings his season totals to 39 catches, 458 yards, 5 TDs in just 6 games so far .. likely still leading all WRs in Chicago area, possibly in state. Note they are 8A school playing all 7A and 8A teams.

He is true 6'0" 185 lbs and still growing, runs 40 in 4.62 and shuttle in 4.24 using official combine times. And he is just a junior leading all WRs catches .. keep tracking Scott Kuehn, junior WR, Waubonsie Valley.

Weekly update on Scott Kuehn, WR, Waubonsie, Class 2010 .. in week 7, he tacked on 7 catches, 90 yards, 3 TDs in 37-12 win at Bloom. This brings his 7 week totals to 46 catches, 548 yards, 8 TDs.

Why don't you check out junior running back Jerome Laseter from Hubbard. He is 5' 11" 230lbs, and is a big power house out of the back.

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