Chance takes a chance

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Locally, most of the top senior prospects have made commitments. Here is everything you need to know about the class of 2010, which shapes up as one of the most talented in years:

* Loyola defensive end Chance Carter is giving up basketball to concentrate on football. He had a good year in football, not great. He should have been better. Now he realizes he isn't a big-time basketball player and plans to train full-time to prepare for his senior season in football. To live up to his enormous potential, he must dedicate himself to football.

Carter is one of the top five juniors in the Chicago area. But he needs to put on 20 pounds of muscle. He has good football instincts and he is very athletic. He just has to dedicate himself to football and the rest will take care of itself. Notre Dame offered early.

* C.J. Fiedorowicz of Johnsburg, a 6-7, 240-pounder with 4.5 speed, is a high-bred tight end in high school. That will be his position in college. He doesn't get much recognition because he is from Johnsburg. But he is so athletic that he is being recruited by Wisconsin for basketball. He has the body of a senior in college.

* Christian Lombard of Fremd, at 6-6 and 285-pounds, is one of the best offensive linemen in the country. Colleges came in to evaluate him in the fall and bragged about him. He has great feet, is fundamentally sound, very mobile and makes few mistakes. He was offered by Iowa as a freshman. At last count, he had 29 offers.

* Hinsdale Central quarterback John Whitelaw, who impressed in his team's loss to Maine South in the Class 8A championship game last Saturday in Champaign, will be heavily recruited. He is exceptionally athletic for a quarterback...good arm, great feet, great leadership skills, perfectly suited for a spread offense.

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This is a good list with one very glaring omission. You have to include Matt Perez of Maine South as one of the top juniors this past season. He was an explosive and powerful runner from the tailback position and was electrifying returning punts and kick offs.

Carter is making a mistake not playing basketball. It increases your quickness, agility, stamina, and skills. He may have been lacking these things this past fall in his play. Does he love football or just realizes he won't be offered by Illinois in basketball?
Perez is very good but will he be a BCS back?

i agree with the first comment. Matt Perez barely got the ball 15 times a game, because he's a part of Maine South's amazing spread offense (the best in the state), and he still averaged over 10 yard per carry. This kid is electrifying, and is easily one of the top juniors of this past season. He lead his team to a state championship. In doing that, he ran right past DE Chance Carter of Loyola when the Hawks beat them in the second round of the IHSA State Playoffs. There's no doubt this kid is amazing.

Great list. I always love to see these outstanding preps get mention early and often! Keep up the great work.

I just reviewed the Sun Times ranking of the top 30 players for the 2010 season. I was very surprised to see that Matt Perez was not on the list. What else does this kid have to do to get any recognition? It seems like every year Maine South and the rest of the CSL South is underrated, yet kids from schools that do not make the playoffs or under-achieve in the playoffs get the honors. You really missed the boad on this one. You could have also added PJ killean and Tyler Benz from MHS.

Thank you! I would now go on this blog every day!

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