A look at some blue-chippers

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Glenbard West's Chris Watt is the best offensive guard prospect in the country. The Notre Dame-bound 6-4, 290-pound lineman reminds me of former St. Laurence, Notre Dame and NFL star Tim Grunhard.

Watt dominates everybody he goes up against. If ever the Player of the Year award was presented to an offensive lineman instead of a quarterback or running back, as it usually is, Watt would be the one.

He is aggressive, never takes a play off, has great feet, is technically sound, is full of enthusiasm and loves to play the game.

I attended the St. Rita/Loyola game last Saturday in Wilmette. In my view, Chance Carter, Loyola's junior defensive end, was the best athlete on the field. The 6-4, 235-pounder moves like a graceful athlete.

But Carter lacks the super aggressiveness and relentless nature that you see with great pass rushers. He has quickness, body control and athleticism. But he needs to get stronger and needs to play more. Once he gives up basketball and realizes his future is in football, he will emerge as a big-time prospect.

Look for John Whitelaw, Hinsdale Central's junior quarterback, to be one of the most recruited players at his position next year. He is a good athlete and he can run. He has the perfect composition to be a quarterback in a spread offense. He is the type of player that every college coach is looking for, a quarterback who can run and throw. He could develop into an elite quarterback.

I'm really impressed with Darren Jones, Thornton's senior quarterback. He is Big Ten material as an athlete. He is a big, thick kid who can run. Look for more colleges to express interest as he gains more exposure. The 6-3, 195-pounder is the latest in a long line of big-time prospects developed in coach Bill Mosel's program.

Another junior who is beginning to make his mark is junior running back LaSteven McKinney of Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park. He is only 5-9 and 160 pounds but shows signs of following in the footsteps of the best running backs produced in the Chicago area in recent years. He reminds me of Garrett Wolfe and Michael Turner.

By the way, if you are aware of any outstanding junior prospects, please bring them to my attention. College coaches are always looking for underclassmen and NCAA restrictions on recruiting don't permit them to see as many prospects as they once did. I'm always looking, too.

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Thomas Rees QB Lake Forest 6'2 188
21-38-430-4 vs Wauconda...1500+yds/17td's in 6 games

Scott Kuehn, WR, Waubonsie Valley, Junior .. in just 6 games in 7A/8A conference, he now has 39 catches, 458 yards, 5 TDs as slot receiver. Runs official 4.62 in 40 and 4.24 in shuttle. He is 6'-0" and 185 lbs, and still growing. Drew serious attention at Ohio State skills camp this past June. I have yet to see anyone in IL with more catches this season .. and he is just a junior.

Beware of Nathan Ollie of Mount Carmel. Hes a jr. prospect you need to look at. Check out the game this upcoming week. MC vs. Ramblers @ Gately

2 really good junior lineman at Brother Rice:

#59 Andy Gallik (6'4 285). Plays OT
#71 Kevin McKenna (6'3 275). Play OG and NT.

Keep an eye on this Waubonsie Valley .. passing attack led by QB Castro (121-199 for 1525 yards, 17 Tds) with WRs Kuehn and Hilgers leading the way .. both with 40+ catches and 500+ yards. Castro has done remarkable job with little run support to take pressure off passing game. Running game started real slow, then showed some spark, but got banged up last several games .. last game, they had to bring in their 5th RB, but they are all due back before playoffs .. they have the horses, just need to get healthy. O-line has developed, defense continues to develop nicely and shown resilience.

Watch those Warriors .. went from 0-3 to 4-3, likely to go 6-3 for playoff run .. but will need their RBs healthy to be threat in playoffs.

Week 7 update on Scott Kuehn, WR, Junior, Waubonsie .. played at Bloom, tacked on 7 catches, 90 yards, 3 TDs. This bring his 7 game totals to 46 catches, 548 yards, 8 TDs.

Hey Tom, greetings from Indiana, you want a hidden gem of a prospect, 6'0 200 lbs 4.6 speed-JR #31 Tony Gallinatti Strong Side OLB Valparaiso Vikings- I think the only sophomore at VHS to ever get all state honorable mention at OLB position, leading tackler in 07, averaging 9+ tackles/game. He is part of the 5A powerhouse that is ranked #5 in Indiana, allows a mere 9.13 pts/game and will challenge for a 5A State Championship. He can play MLB/OLB/RB, he can also kick and punt. Multi-talented, Multi-sport athelete, and a great student also. Next games 10/17 @ Lake Central 7pm 10/24 @ Valparaiso vs. Portage.

Just thought i'd throw out another prospect. Laporte Slicer Junior left guard, Trevor Sales. The Slicers have had a tough rebuilding season however that has not stopped this 6'2" 275 pound junior from dominating every defender that comes at him. Slicers just won against Elkart Central last night and he had 10 pancakes in the game. He's worth a look!

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