76th N-G All-State Football Team

76th N-G All-State Football Team

76th News-Gazette All-State FIRST TEAM


Aaron Bailey


Jr. 6-2 215

— Two-sport standout already has five Big Ten offers, wants to play football and baseball in college

Dennis Hightower


Sr. 5-11 185

— Big-game player responsible for 82 touchdowns the past two seasons for resurgent Vikings

Wes Lunt


Sr. 6-5 205

— Oklahoma State-bound slinger has his team in state championship game for second consecutive season

Anthony Maddie

Aurora Christian

Sr. 6-2 203

— Western Michigan recruit, who led comeback win against Unity, has thrown and run for more than 60 TDs this season

John Rhode


Sr. 6-0 195

— Despite missing six games with a thumb injury, he has 35 touchdown passes for 5A finalists

Pat Smith

Springfield SH-G

Sr. 6-3 190

— Leader of Class 5A semifinalists put up monster numbers while protecting the ball (just two interceptions all season)

Malcolm Weaver

Loyola Academy

Sr. 5-11 180

Talented runner-thrower helped the Ramblers reach the Class 8A title game


Kendrick Foster

Peoria Richwoods

Jr. 5-8 178

— Member of 2010 All-State team is getting long looks from Big Ten schools, already over 4,000 yards for career

Ty Isaac

Joliet Catholic

Jr. 6-2 210

— Superstar recruit, who has offers from most Big Ten schools and Notre Dame, has scored a ridiculous 45 TDs for 5A finalists

Malin Jones

Joliet Catholic

Sr. 6-1 210

— Northwestern recruit, who is approaching 4,000 yards for his career, averaging better than 9 yards per carry

Martez Walker

Brother Rice

Sr. 5-10 195

— Central Michigan recruit holds school records for rushing, touchdowns and scoring


Zach Grant


Sr. 6-1 190

— Colleges looking for a playmaker might want to consider his 122 catches, 2,117 yards, 23 touchdowns

Dan Vitale

Wheaton South

Sr. 6-2 210

— Smart guy (5.0 GPA) might play linebacker at Northwestern; first he's got 7A title game

Jordan Westerkamp


Sr. 6-2 195

— Nebraska recruit, a 2010 N-G All-Stater, followed up with another monster season and is playing for the Class 5A title


Johnny Caspers

Glenbard West

Sr. 6-3 270

— Stanford recruit the offensive leader of a nationally ranked team before early playoff upset loss

Jordan Diamond

Chicago Simeon

Sr. 6-6 289

— Name a college power and it will have the Chicago Public League standout on the top of its recruiting list

Tom Evans

Prairie Ridge

Sr. 6-5 265

— Illinois State has made an offer to offensive leader of Class 6A state finalist

Colin Goebel

Naperville North

Jr. 6-4 275

— Already has offers from MAC schools and drawing interest from across the Big Ten

Ethan Pocic


Jr. 6-6 285

— Brother of Illini center Graham has offers from most of the Big Ten, including Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin

Scott Taylor

Marian Catholic

Sr. 6-4 280

— Northern Illinois recruit follows in a long line of studs, which includes Bryan Bulaga and Sean Cwynar

Dan Voltz


Sr. 6-5 280

— Wisconsin recruit, a returnee from the 2010 team, will play in U.S. Army All-American Game in January


Zach Borta

Naperville Central

Sr. 6-2 225

— DuPage Valley Conference Defensive POY racked up big sack totals after missing most of his junior season

Faith Ekakitie

Lake Forest Academy

Sr. 6-3 285

— Iowa, Illinois, Oregon, Wisconsin, Stanford among his many college options

Dean Lowry

Rockford Boylan

Sr. 6-6 230

— Northwestern recruit a dominating defensive force for Class 7A state finalists

Tommy Schutt

Glenbard West

Sr. 6-3 295

— Chad Hetlet Superstar recruit recorded 15 sacks, batted 11 balls during conference MVP season

Matt Solner

Lincoln-Way East

Sr. 6-2 265

— Conference Defensive POY (ahead of Morrison), tackle has offers from the MAC

Derrick Thomas

Peoria Richwoods

Sr. 6-3 257

— Two-way standout, who is drawing looks from FCS schools, a major factor in helping team reach 6A finals


Eric Hauser

Loyola Academy

Sr. 6-1 210

— Future Ivy Leaguer the dominant defender for the title-game-bound Ramblers

Jack Lynn

Lake Zurich

Sr. 6-3 215

— Minnesota recruit helped his team to state finals once, semifinals twice, including this season

Antonio Morrison


Sr. 6-2 220

— Florida recruit, who missed the semifinals with a leg injury, plans to enter Gainesville school in January

T.J. Onstott


Sr. 5-9 195

— Warriors standout making his third consecutive state final appearance


Jesse Bobbit

Palatine Jr.

6-2 192

— Three-time all-conference safety considered a top prospect in the Class of 2013

Tevin Coleman

Oak Forest

Sr. 6-1 190

— Talented two-way player has more than a dozen college offers, including Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State and West Virginia

Special mention 100


NAME High school Year

A.J. Bilyeu Bartlett Sr.

Drew David Kaneland So.

Noel Gaspari Batavia Sr.

Robert Gregory Chicago Simeon Sr.

Tyler Hook Andrew Sr.

Alex Jefferson Normal West Sr.

Tyler Leffler Benton Sr.

Ian Lewandowski Naperville Central Sr.

Philip Meyer Tuscola Sr.

Logan Stelzriede Maroa-Forsyth Sr.

Chris Streveler Marian Catholic Jr.

Ryan West Oswego Sr.

Matt Williams Geneva Sr.

Blake Winkler Lincoln-Way East Sr.


Adam Akins Forreston Sr.

Danny Arden Antioch Sr.

Victor Baker Evergreen Park Sr.

Direll Clark Lakes Jr.

Chase Diedrich Mahomet-Seymour Sr.

Garret Dooley Rochester Jr.

Jarvis Franklin Andrew Sr.

Quinn Haas Lena-Winslow Sr.

Ejay Johnson O'Fallon Sr.

Garrett Kestner Central/Southeastern Sr.

Michael Lafenhagen Unity Sr.

Max Mendoza Rock Island Alleman Sr.

Chase Murdock Barrington Sr.

Matt Randolph Naperville Central Sr.

Tyries Thomas Rockford Boylan Sr.

Andrew Walker Brother Rice Sr.

Josh Williams Downers Grove South Sr.


Gage Beekman Lewistown Sr.

Quinn Buschbacher Kaneland Sr.

David Byerley Elmhurst York Sr.

Kevin Carroll St. Thomas More Jr.

Mason Childers Benton Sr.

Charlie Dowdle Loyola Academy Sr.

Cole Gardner Batavia Sr.

Jack Kwiatkowski Oswego Jr.

Austin Muench Auburn Jr.

Collin Nolen Harvard Sr.

JJ Robertson Lincoln-Way East Sr.

Ben Rogers Geneva Sr.

Anthony Taylor Montini Sr.

J.J. Witherow Manteno Sr.


Kyle Avaloy Glenbard South Sr.

Robert Bain Bolingbrook Sr.

Tanner Bronkema Forreston Sr.

J.J. Gardner Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Sr.

Trey Hughes North Fulton Sr.

Mike Love Andrew Sr.

Colin McGovern Lincoln-Way West Sr.

Jake Mills Geneva Sr.

R.J. Morris Aurora Christian Sr.

Dan Pawlak Lakes Sr.

Brad Steger Rock Island Sr.

Jamal Thomas Normal Community Sr.

Marty Thomas Arcola Sr.


Ryan Glasgow Marmion Sr.

Alex Hamilton Minooka Sr.

Aaron Hardimon Danville Jr.

Jaleel Johnson Montini Sr.

Ryan Kazubowski Annawan-Wethersfield Sr.

Keegan Kellerman Pinckneyville Sr.

Alec Lyons Batavia Sr.


Wesley Carlock Beardstown Sr.

Reed Collins Bismarck-Henning Sr.

Collin Corcoran Prairie Ridge Sr.

Seth Cronin Rochester Sr.

John Dulleck Naperville Central Sr.

Fletcher Evans Centennial Sr.

Zach Freundt Antioch Sr.

Daniel Helm Glenwood So.

Mitch Holtz Aurora Christian Sr.

Mike Imperiale Addison Trail Sr.

Nathan Knuffman Central/Southeastern Sr.

Michael McElrath Peoria Richwoods Jr.

William McNamara Chicago St. Rita Sr.

Kyle Negangard Unity Sr.

Ryan O'Keeffe Rock Island Alleman Sr.

Mike Partyka Bartlett Sr.

Jake Petrovic Minooka Sr.

Alejandro Rivera Sterling Sr.

Brent Spack Normal Community Sr.

Derrik Starrett Alton Marquette Sr.

Travis Windsor North Fulton Sr.

Kemper Younkin Springfield SH-G Sr.


Quai Chandler Lake Forest Academy Sr.

Charles Elmore Chicago St. Rita Sr.

Joey Giovannelli Chatham Glenwood Sr.

Clayton Glasper Peoria Richwoods Sr.

Brandon Greer Chicago Mount Carmel Sr.

Jared Jackson Evergreen Park Sr.

Johnathon Maebane Normal West Sr.

Darius Mosely O'Fallon Jr.

Jacob Razo Kaneland Sr.

Wesley Sanders Glenbard South Sr.

Troy Sheppard Providence Sr.

Jim Solberg Normal University Sr.


Ron Coluzzi Naperville North Sr.

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howdydoody wrote on November 25, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Another year, another complete snub of southern Illinois football players by the NG.  And no, the metro east does not count as southern Illinois. 3 players from the SIRR conference and that's it.  All of them honorable mention.  Pretty much the same deal as last year.  Not saying the players that made it aren't deserving but might want to take a broader view once in a great while.