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MEET THE FIRST TEAM

QUARTERBACKS

NAME HIGH SCHOOL HT. WT. YR. 

Jack Baltz Lincoln-Way East 6-5 190 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Illinois State commit completed 63 percent of his passes and had 31 touchdowns for the high-powered Griffins offense.

John Bean Chicago Brother Rice 6-0 190 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Leader of the Class 8A finalists has thrown 18 TD passes and has another 14 on the ground.

Ian Benner Maroa-Forsyth 6-2 175 Jr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Leader of the Class 2A finalists, he has 31 combined touchdowns. A big reason the Trojans are undefeated.

Braden Snyder Monticello 6-0 195 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: So far, has thrown for more than 3,000 yards for first-time Class 3A finalists. Ran for another 478 yards and 13 TDs.

Payton Thorne Naperville Central 6-2 195 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Son of 1989 N-G All-Stater Jeff, he threw for 3,079 yards and 40 touchdowns. Ran for another four scores.

RUNNING BACKS

Tyquan Cox Glenbard West 5-9 170 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: MVP of the West Suburban Conference receiving D-I attention after running for 1,354 yards. Had 31 total TDs on runs, receptions and returns.

Keenan Hailey Joliet Catholic 5-10 185 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Conference offensive player of the year put up big numbers for the Hilltoppers (2,541 yards, 32 TDs), who are playing in Saturday's 5A title game.

Anthony Williams Jr. Bolingbrook 6-0 200 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Michigan State recruit the latest in the long line of standout running backs for the Raiders, including ex-Illini Antoineo Harris.

Jacardia Wright Decatur St. Teresa 6-0 210 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: News-Gazette Player of the Year joins Kendrick Foster as the only three-time All-Staters. Considering offers from the Big Ten, including Iowa.

RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

Bryce Barnes GCMS 6-2 225 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Tight end is a critical part of Mike Allen's Class 2A state finalists. Also a top linebacker for the Falcons.

Jahleel Billingsley Chicago Phillips 6-5 225 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Tight end is the No. 3-ranked prospect in Illinois, according to Rivals.com, and picked Alabama over 20-plus other schools.

Dominic Lovett Belleville West 6-0 175 So.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Put up crazy numbers for the Maroons, catching 24 touchdown passes. Figures to be a top recruiting target the next two seasons.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Nick Broeker Springfield SH-G 6-5 290 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Tackle on his way to Mississippi, picking the school over Ohio State, Michigan State, Kentucky, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and Purdue.

Tyler Elsbury Byron 6-5 290 Jr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Big-time recruit already has offers from Iowa, Purdue, Illinois and others. You will see him in the Class 3A title game.

JJ Guedet Washington 6-7 300 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Standout tackle also a three-year defensive line starter, made a commitment to Minnesota. Had offers from Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State and others.

Trevor Keegan Crystal Lake South 6-6 300 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Rated the state's top prospect by Rivals.com, tackle has offers from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and plenty more. Stay tuned.

Peter Skoronski Maine South 6-4 285 Jr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Early favorite for 2019 POY already has offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma. Coach compares him to former Maine South star Dave Butz.

Anthony Sottosanto Lincoln-Way East 6-3 260 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Versatile blocker played all five positions during his career, breaking school record for pancakes set by current Illini Nick Allegretti.

Addison West Cary-Grove 6-3 280 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Western Michigan recruit is big reason why the Trojans are playing Saturday for the Class 6A state title.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Isaiah Bruce Lena-Winslow 6-1 247 Jr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Did you see all those Illinoisans playing for Iowa on Saturday? Bruce is the next in line, making a commitment to Kirk Ferentz's team.

Keith Randolph Belleville West 6-4 275 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: End, also a member of the powerhouse West basketball team, has more than 30 college offers, including Michigan State, Iowa, Virginia and Illinois.

Denver Warren West Aurora 6-3 300 Jr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Once a Michigan commit, he recently visited the Illinois campus. Has offers from Boston College, Iowa, Iowa State, Penn State, Wisconsin and others.

Luke Weerts Batavia 6-2 235 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Bound for FCS power North Dakota State, he piled up 19 tackles for loss. Also the lead blocker for a productive running attack.

LINEBACKERS

Matt Brenneisen Springfield SH-G 6-2 225 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Repeat All-State choice for coach Ken Leonard led the conference in tackles for three seasons. Will play next season at Southern Illinois.

Jackson Bruscianelli Montini 6-0 210 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Three-year starter, named conference co-defensive MVP, helped the Broncos earn a spot in the Class 5A title game.

Juan DelaCruz Warren 6-3 210 Jr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: End had 23 TFLs, including 14 sacks. Showed his versatility by leading the team in receptions, scoring five times.

Luke Dwyer Lake Zurich 6-3 210 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Smart guy had interest from FBS schools, but picked FCS power North Dakota State after two standout seasons, which featured two defensive TDs.

SECONDARY

Jake Gonzalez Loyola Academy 6-1 195 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Leading tackler for John Holecek's Ramblers, you will see both of the them at Saturday's Class 8A title game.

Sebastian Castro Richards 6-1 191 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Iowa commit, a repeater from 2017, will soon be stalking Big Ten receivers from his safety position.

Riley Lewis Rochester 5-7 150 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Lockdown cornerback, who leads the team in interceptions, started on two state title teams. Also a top receiver, went over 1,000 yards for the season.

Cameron Mitchell Bolingbrook 6-0 190 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Son of a former Northern Illinois receiver, playmaking cornerback will join Big Ten West champion Northwestern next season.

Scott West Montini 6-0 170 Sr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Team leader in interceptions with six does a bit of everything for Class 5A state finalists, working at receiver and is also the team's kicker.

SPECIALIST

Jack Olsen Wheaton Warrenville South 5-10 180 Jr.

Bob Asmussen's comment: Kicker/punter/receiver set a state record with eight field goals in a game. Hearing from Northwestern, Michigan State, Wisconsin and others.

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QUARTERBACKS

NAME SCHOOL YEAR

Kendall Abdur-Rahman Edwardsville Sr.

Daylen Boddie Normal Community Sr.

Carson Camp Normal West Jr.

Darrin Cotton Jr. Chicago Brooks Sr.

Caleb Fisher Washington Sr.

Marquese Garrett Hinsdale South Jr.

Trevor Land Chicago Hope Jr.

Bryson Lee St. Thomas More Sr.

Mike Markett Chicago Marist Sr.

Britton Morris North Boone Sr.

Brandon Odam Taylorville Sr.

Khalil Saunders IC Catholic Sr.

Luke Sluder Tuscola Sr.

Sam Tumilty Willowbrook Jr.

RUNNING BACKS

Jake Bellizzi Maine West Sr.

Harrison Bey-Buie Moline Jr.

Zach Borgert Crystal Lake South Sr.

Jirehl Brock Quincy Sr.

Alek Bundy Monticello Sr.

Sage Davis Mount Zion Jr.

Justin Ellis Lincoln-Way Central Sr.

Nick Fedanzo Montini Sr.

Ty Gavin Niles N.D. Sr.

Mar'Keise Irving Hillcrest So.

Tyshon King McNamara Sr.

Kennedy Kunsch Milford/Cissna Park Sr.

Caleb Lahey BHRA Jr.

Dylan Marshall Routt Sr.

Connor Milton Champaign Central Jr.

Drew Moore Red Hill Sr.

Quentin Pringle Bolingbrook Sr.

Hezekiah Salter West Aurora Sr.

Billy Skaliitzky Chicago Marist Sr.

Colby Smiley Oakwood Jr.

Drake Snodgrass Byron Jr.

Makhi Stanley Argenta-Oreana Sr.

Leon Tanna Homewood-Flossmoor Sr.

Jared Trantina GCMS Sr.

Sam Walter Washington Sr.

Cole Williams Camp Point Central Sr.

Leshon Williams Richards Jr.

Tyler Wilson Fisher Jr.

RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

Kacper Rutkiewicz Hersey Sr.

Cade Eddington Rochester Sr.

Jamal Fomby Jr. Oswego Sr.

Armani Forrest Normal West Sr.

Cole Hernandez Normal West Jr.

Cameron Jones Springfield Sr.

Cade McDonald Naperville Central Sr.

Griffin Moore Bloomington Sr.

Jacob Rana Crystal Lake South Sr.

Jackson Ritter Lincoln-Way East Sr.

Anthony Sambucci Lemont Jr.

Makail Stanley Argenta-Oreana Jr.

Tristen Tewes Pleasant Plains Sr.

Malik Whitehead Hoffman Estates Sr.

Justin Wright Taylorville Sr.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Jarod DePriest Farmington Sr.

George Fanelli Chicago Marist Sr.

Mitchell Heinz Forreston Sr.

Evan Kirts Chicago Brother Rice Sr.

Connor Meils Peoria N.D. Sr.

Lane Ohlemeyer Maroa-Forsyth Sr.

Bradley Olysav Williamsville Sr.

Drew Parrish Lincoln-Way Central Sr.

Patrick Ross Chicago Hope Sr.

Frank Sheehan Chicago Marist Sr.

Danny Skold Wheaton St. Francis Sr.

Chase Tatum Princeton Sr.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Joel Baer Eureka Jr.

Isaiah Coe Homewood-Flossmoor Sr.

Joe Fitzgerald Chicago Brother Rice Sr.

Jonny Halvorsen Maine South Sr.

Deion Harry Crete-Monee Sr.

Jack Hugunin Oswego Jr.

Eli Pannell Fulton Sr.

Dylan Shelton Lincoln-Way East Sr.

Willis Singleton Warren Jr.

Nick Steger Hersey Sr.

Fred Stokes Montini Sr.

LINEBACKERS

Correyonte Boyd Champaign Central Jr.

Tyler Burris Chatham-Glenwood Jr.

Cade Campos Lemont Sr.

Gus Christensen Lincoln-Way East Sr.

Chase Graham Sterling Newman Sr.

Sean Jacobs Buffalo Grove Sr.

Mike Kaufman Richmond-Burton Sr.

Maema Njongmeta Stevenson Sr.

Luke Preston Maine South Sr.

Dan Scianna Lincoln-Way East Sr.

Keegan Smith DeKalb Sr.

Payton Taylor Salt Fork Jr.

SECONDARY

Jordan Gandy DeKalb Sr.

Michael Love Nazareth Academy Sr.

Sam Mahecheck R.I. Alleman Sr.

Tyler Nubin St. Charles North Sr.

Joseph Thompson Chicago Phillips Sr.

Scott Tumilty Willowbrook Sr.

Jeffery Wells Dec. MacArthur Jr.

SPECIALISTS

Dom Dzioban Lincoln-Way East Jr.