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Twenty-five Chicago area products are among 500 juniors from across the nation who have been invited to the U.S. Army's annual Junior Combine next month in San Antonio, Texas. It is an invitation-only event and eight of the nation's top 10 quarterbacks and the top three offensive linemen will attend.

It is the eighth year for the one-day event, which is conducted on the same weekend as the U.S. Army All-American Bowl pitting the nation's leading seniors. It is the premier combine in the country, a measuring stick for players to see where they are or where they could be. They are tested athletically against some of the best players in the nation.

The Chicago contingent is headed by offensive lineman Christian Lombard of Fremd and wide receiver Kyle Prater of Proviso West, two of the top 100 juniors in the nation.

Other highly rated prospects are quarterbacks John Whitelaw of Hinsdale Central and Chandler Whitmer of Downers Grove South, linebacker Connor Loftus of Glenbard West, running backs LaSteven McKinney of Nazareth and Giorgio Bowers of Rich Central and linemen Zach Fulton and Jon Thibideau of Homewood-Flossmoor.

The other invitees show promise but some hardly played at all last season and are eager to make an impression with scouts.

They are defensive lineman Shawn Afryl of Niles West, running back Evan Wright of Fremd, quarterbacks Tyler Warden of Glenbard West, Tom Rose of McHenry and Brandon Pechloff of Montini, defensive back Deonte Jackson of Rich Central, defensive lineman Steve Laski of Providence, offensive lineman Andy Gallik of Brother Rice, wide receivers Jake Kumerow of South Elgin and Richard McLoughlin of St. Viator, defensive end Austin Teitsman of Glenbard South, offensive lineman Steven Lester of Carmel and quarterback DaRon Brown, safety Brian Jones and offensive lineman Jazzario Barrios of Morgan Park.

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Don't forget Scott Kuehn, Junior WR for Waubonsie Valley. Finished with 61 catches, 687 yards, 9 TDs in 10 games as slot receiver. Made Daily Herald 1st Team All DuPage County and Tribune All State Special Mention. He is true 6'0", 185 lbs, runs combine official 40 yard in 4.62 and shuttle in 4.24.

Here is highlight reel on Youtube:

Scott Kuehn, Class 2010, is WR to watch during offseason and upcoming 2009 season.

Tyler Warden Illinois 6'6" junior was extremely impressive at the combine and a jewel waiting to get disovered by a major school. He apparently had to be placed behind a senior that very one demetional and i don't believe is being offered by any major schools. What a waste of talent for this Warden kid last year.

I take exception to a few players you listed as showing promise but hardly playing. You listed Austin Teitsma of Glenbard South in that category. Your placement of him in that group seems inappropriate. I am not sure how he looked at the combine, but he has played high quality football for the last two years on South's varsity. He was voted All-Conference, All-Area his sophomore and junior years and even some All State mentions as a junior.

Tyler Warden split quarterbacking duties at Glenbard West this year. He played at a very high level when he was in the game and showed great touch with his passes and good decision making ability. He is an excellent athlete as evidenced by his play on the basketball court. I predict he will have an outstanding senior season and lead his team deep into the state playoffs.

Brandon Pechloff does fit your description. He hasn't been on the field that much. He is 6'6 and has solid skills, but needs to maximize and show those skills next season on the field. It should be his team to run and he will have an opportunity to show his leadership and quarterbacking abilities. I wish them each well.

Each of these are good guys as well.

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