Why Lemont is so good

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Lemont has emerged as one of the leading high school football programs in Illinois, thanks to coach Eric Michaelsen and the Lemont Hornets.

The Lemont Hornets is one of the most productive feeder systems in the Chicago area, one of the best youth programs I have seen. It was founded years ago by Ron Nagel Sr. and currently is being run by his son, Ron Jr. In the past, most graduates of the Hornets program went to Providence Catholic in New Lenox or Joliet Catholic.

But Ron Jr. sent his oldest son, Aaron, to Lemont. Then Brett went to Lemont. Both are now playing at Northwestern. Connor, a 6-0, 210-pound junior linebacker, might be the best prospect of all. He is better on defense than his brothers. He is smaller but more instinctive on defense.

Now more and more graduates of the Hornets program are choosing to attend Lemont rather than Providence and Joliet Catholic and Michaelsen is developing them into one of the best teams in the state.

Connor Nagel isn't the only talented junior on the current roster. Danny Hayes, a 5-9, 160-pound running back, is very fast, one of the best tailbacks I have seen. He has to get bigger. He is explosive but not physical. He needs to get out in space.

Two junior defensive linemen to watch are 6-2, 265-pound Angel Cabral and 6-4, 270-pound Pat Driscoll. I project them to be Division I recruits next season.

Two seniors who are trying to become more than blips on college recruiters' radar screens are 5-11, 225-pound fullback Tyler Burns and 6-2, 220-pound safety Kyle Cummins.

Burns, who missed his junior season because of any injury, is the best fullback in the Chicago area next to Illinois-bound Greg Fuller of Thornton.

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Lemont really isn't that good of a team. Their are a few impressive individuals on the team, but when you play the astonishingly weak schedule they had this year, you are guaranteed 8 or 9 wins.

Lemont beat 4 teams in the regular season that made the play-offs. They just beat Lake Forest, so make them #5. And with the exception of Lake Forest, whom Lemont just beat, the other 4 schools that Lemont beat are still alive in the Play-offs.

I don't know why Mr. Lemming is so high on Lemont for it seems like that program is always in his articles. I have seen them play and Lemont is a very good team but I question their level of competition. Maybe if they changed conferences and played better teams, then we would know just how good they are.

Also, I think the second best fullback in IL is that kid from Palatine Fremd, Mike Gyetvay, listed at 6' 210. I saw him play in the first round of the IHSA playoffs vs. Palatine and he is a bull. Then I watched the Comcast Game of the Week and it only reinforced my opinion of his skills. Where will he end up in college?

Bolingbrook Trojans is the feeder for BHS Raiders and they have a excellent program . They have developed many of the current players on this 10-0 BHS squad , coach Ralph and his staff have been together for a long time . Many of the current squad at BHS have played together several years . They have chemistry and confidence in one another and placed 3rd in the country in Pop Warner winning in Disney World .Both Tailbacks, also played with the Naperville Redskins NYFL , John Seigler and Jamel Martin, and that league produced 3 players who are now in the pros.Jamel also played with the Bolingbrook Trojans. When and if the win State they owe much to the early training and fundamentals they learned early on .I have to let the cat out of the bag, they have a kid who is a rare talent , speed , intelligence , poise who will play either Qb or tailback and will be a Raider in another yr.

Tommy Burns? Does he even have any Division 1A offers?

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH LEMONT RESIDENT. IT SEEMS LEMONT DIDNT GET ANY RECOGNITION UNTIL THEY SWITCHED CONFERENCE. I PLAYED FOOTBALL FOR HILLCREST AND MY YOUNGER BROTHER IS A CURRENT STUDENT ATHELETE. IT SEEMS LEMONT HAS NO PROBLEM BEATING UP ON THE SMALLER SCHOOLS. I'M NOT DENYING THAT LEMONT IS A VERY SKILLFUL TEAM, BUT IT WILL BE VERY INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THEY MEASURE UP AGAINST THE BIGGER CALIBER SCHOOLS.

I think Lemont has answered all questions to this point. They have clearly dominated all but one playoff opponent. Hats off to the hard work of their players and staff...if you built it, he will come.

I know this is really boring and you are skipping to the next comment, but I just wanted to throw you a big thanks - you cleared up some things for me!

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