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.