Lean year in Illinois

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I have released my preseason list of the top 100 high school football players in the nation in the class of 2011 and, for the first time, the Chicago area isn't represented at all.

There is only one Illinois product on the list--6-3, 235-pound running back/linebacker Rodney Coe of Edwardsville. He is ranked No. 48 and is one of the top 10 running backs in the country. He has been offered by Alabama. Enough said.

But Coe is the only Illinois product on the preseason list. Nebraska-bound offensive lineman Ryan Klachko of Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin didn't make it. Neither did the leading players in the Chicago area, wide receiver DaVaris Daniels of Vernon Hills, defensive end James Adeyanju of Curie and offensive lineman Jordan Walsh of Glenbard West.

It confirms my original suspicion that the talent level in Illinois and the rest of the Midwest is down this season. It doesn't mean that some players won't have great seasons and earn spots in the postseason top 100. But they're going to have to play their way onto the elite chart.

Remember last year when offensive lineman Christian Lombard of Fremd had nearly 30 offers before he committed to Notre Dame in January, before his senior season? Remember when wide receiver Kyle Prater of Proviso West had nearly 50 offers before committed to USC? A year ago, four Chicago area players landed on the top 100 nationally.

This year, Walsh has 17 offers, the most of any player in the state this side of Rodney Coe. After meeting more than 250 players last weekend at Proviso West for my annual picture-taking and interview session, I must admit that I was very impressed with Adeyanju, who looks like a man among boys, as if he is ready for the NFL today. It will be interesting to follow his senior season to see how the colleges react.

Everybody already knows about Coe. He is the most recruited player in Illinois. He has 4.5 speed. He has more than 30 offers, including Illinois, Ohio State, Alabama, Tennessee, Michigan and Notre Dame. He is the best running back to be produced in Illinois since Niles West's Rashard Mendenhall.

The talent level revolves in cycles, up and down, one year to the next. For example, there have been years when quarterbacks dominated the national scene. But as we prepare for the 2010 season, not a single quarterback ranks among the top five candidates for Player of the Year recognition.

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DANIEL DAVIE FROM BEATRICE, NEBRASKA WAS JUST OFFERED A SCHOLARSHIP BY THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, YOU CAN READ ALL ABOUT IT ON RIVALS.COM!
DANIEL DAVIE IS THE FASTEST YOUNG MAN IN THE STATE OF NEBRASKA, AFTER WINNING THE STATE TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE 100 AND 200 THIS PAST WEEKEND IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA IN FRONT OF 20,000 FANS!

Phil,

Looks like it's a lean year in NE too. Btw, why hasn't NE offered Daniel yet since he faster than oil leaking out of the gulf?

IF YOU LOOK AT RIVALS.COM, YOU WILL SEE THAT COACH BARNEY COTTON IS ACTIVELY RECRUITING DAVIE, HE WAS AT THE STATE TRACK AND FIELD MEET IN OMAHA TO SEE DAVIE WIN THE 100 AND 200, AND SO WAS KANSAS, KU BEAT NU TO THE PUNCH WITH THE OFFER, DAVIE WILL BE IN LAWRENCE THIS WEEKEND FOR THEIR CAMP AND HE WILL BE IN LINCOLN IN JULY, NU WON'T OFFER DAVIE UNTIL AFTER THEIR CAMP, IT IS EITHER PLAY AGAINST HIM, OR HAVE HIM ON THEIR SIDE, OR YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT OTHER TEAM IS IN THE WINGS, WHEN YOU HAVE THE SPEED OF DANIEL DAVIE, AND THE HEART, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE WANTED, HE JUST HAPPENS TO PLAY FOR A SCHOOL WITH THE TOTAL ENROLLMENT OF 743, OTHER THAN THAT, DAVIE IS A WARRIOR, AND A WINNER, AND HE IS BLESSED WITH TALENT!
I FLEW INTO OMAHA TO SEE DAVIE WIN THE STATE TRACK AND FIELD MEET, HE WAS SIMPLY AWESOME, AND HE WON'T BE 17 UNTIL AUGUST 4TH!

Oh, that's great that Davie is being recruited by that coach from NE. But why doesn't he have a scholarship RIGHT NOW due to the fact he's the fastest kid in NE? His speed rocks and you have made it clear that his speed should be enough to get that scholarship. So why is NE not offering when he's a speedster? Please tell me because I am confused as to why the fastest kid in the state hasn't yet been offered by the state school?

And are you related to him? I hope so because the thought of a grown man like yourself stalking this kid is a bit disturbing.

STEVE ELEVATE YOUR MIND AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW, DANIEL DAVIE IS MY NEPHEW AS I HAVE STATED BEFORE, HE WILL BE IN LINCOLN THIS FRIDAY FOR NEBRASKA'S CAMP, HE JUST LEFT KU'S CAMP, WHERE HE RAN A 4.3 IN THE FORTY, WHERE HE HAS BEEN OFFERED A SCHOLARSHIP!
STEVE, IT IS LIKE THIS, HE PLAYS AT A SMALL SCHOOL IN BEATRICE, NEBRASKA, BEATRICE HIGH SCHOOL!
NEBRASKA SAID THEY WILL OFFER AFTER THEIR CAMP THIS FRIDAY, STEVE IN THE STATE OF NEBRASKA, A YOUNGSTER THAT PLAYS IN HIS HOMESTATE, IT IS AN HONOR TO BE OFFERED BY NEBRASKA, WHY THEY HAVEN'T OFFERED UP TO NOW, IS BECAUSE THEY STICK TO THEIR RULES, SO NEXT MONDAY I WILL UPDATE YOU WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE OFFERED OR NOT, BUT YOU CAN FOLLOW DANIEL DAVIE, ON RIVALS.COM!
STEVE, THANKS FOR CARING ABOUT DANIEL, HE IS WORTH THE EFFORT, HE IS MY SISTER'S SON, AND I PERSONALLY WITNESSED HIM, WINNING THE STATE TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA!
GUESS WHAT STEVE, HE HAD NEVER RAN TRACK UNTIL THIS SEASON!
STEVE WHEN I TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT DANIEL, IT ISN'T
STALKING, I JUST WANT HIM TO LAND ON HIS FEET, AND I HOPE
YOU DO AS WELL!
DANIEL DAVIE IS THE YOUNGEST SON OF DAMON AND RUTHANNE
DAVIE!
I AM VERY PROUD OF MY NEPHEW!

DANIEL DAVIE GOT THE OFFER FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA!

DANIEL DAVIE COMMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA TODAY!
THANK YOU TO ALL THAT SUPPORTED HIM, IT IS DONE!

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