At the moment, going into the 2010 high school football season, there are only two Illinois products who are being considered as All-America prospects by any of the nation's leading evaluators and recruiting analysts.
They are running back/linebacker Rodney Coe of Edwardsville and wide receiver DaVaris Daniels of Vernon Hills.
Coe is an enormous talent who is being recruited by Alabama. Daniels is a 6-2, 180-pounder with a 41-inch vertical leap, 4.4 speed and a 6-10 high jump who should be in the NFL in four years.
Daniels would be receiving more national attention except for the fact that he played several positions as a junior and only caught 19 passes for 230 yards as a receiver. He has the potential to catch 80 passes for 1,000 yards. He has been accepted by Illinois, Ohio State, Iowa and Miami but he still hasn't been accepted by his first choice, Notre Dame.
Coe is the only Illinois product listed on my top 100. Daniels is close. But he must be more dominating as a senior.
There are several other Illinois products who could qualify for the top 100 by the end of the 2010 season. They have the potential to do it but they haven't realized it yet. They must be more dominating as seniors. Remember, we're talking the top 100 players out of 3 million kids who play football each year.
So Coe, Daniels and other potential candidates must be dominating like Proviso West's Kyle Prater, Johnsburg's C.J. Fiedorowicz and Fremd's Christian Lombard were last season. It just isn't good enough to be good to achieve top 100 status. A player must be dominating in every game. They need to dominate their opposition if they want to receive All-America recognition.
Other Illinois players who have the skills and potential to achieve top 100 status are quarterback Reilly O'Toole, Wheaton Warrenville South; quarterback Mike LaCosse, Naperville North; running back Mika'il McCall, Thornridge; tight end Jack Konopka, Fremd; wide receiver Evan Spencer, Vernon Hills; wide receiver Peter Bonahoom, Prospect; offensive lineman Ryan Klachko, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin; offensive lineman Jordan Walsh, Glenbard West; offensive lineman Patrick Flavin, Benet; offensive lineman Brian Bobek, Fremd; offensive lineman Jake Bernstein, Crystal Lake South; offensive lineman Christian Bryant, Simeon; offensive lineman Matt Frazier, Bishop McNamara; offensive lineman Garret Laflamme, Deerfield; defensive lineman Mason Fuller, Urban Prep; defensive lineman Mike Rouse, Homewood-Flossmoor; linebacker James Adeyanju, Curie; linebacker Nick Lifka, Naperville North; defensive lineman Riley McMinn, Rochester; defensive back Jarrell Williams, Richards; defensive back Sean Cotton, Walther Lutheran; and defensive back Nick Meyer, Elk Grove.
Bobek, who is committed to Ohio State, is the best pure center in the nation. Bonahoom, who made his reputation as a running back, is the biggest sleeper around as a wide receiver. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald scored a coup by landing Frazier, a major talent. Iowa also got a prize in McMinn, a 6-7, 222-pounder. And Nebraska got the best offensive lineman in the state, Klachko. Laflamme, a 6-3, 265-pounder with a 31 ACT, also bears watching.