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Thirty-three individuals have been chosen as first-teamers for our 2022 all-state football team, and another 100 athletes are special-mention selections.


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Blainey Dowling

Senior quarterback, Chicago Mt. Carmel

6-foot-2, 200 pounds

Uncommitted Dowling has thrown for 2,712 yards and 37 touchdowns, helping Caravan to Class 7A state final.

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Ty Lott

Senior quarterback, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin

6-foot-2, 190 pounds

Repeat all-state first-teamer has tossed 36 scoring passes on 2,537 yards, added eight rushing TDs for 4A finalist.

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Keeton Reiss

Senior quarterback, Rochester

6-foot-1, 260 pounds

Being offered as college fullback, he threw for 2,623 yards and 27 touchdowns, rushed for 525 yards and 19 TDs.

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Payton Salomon

Senior quarterback, Lemont

6-foot, 175 pounds

Salomon completed 75 percent of his throws for 2,617 yards and 38 TDs, helping Lemont crack the 6A semis.

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Jake Stearney

Senior quarterback, Loyola Academy

6-foot-3, 185 pounds

Colgate commit boasts 2,149 passing yards and 34 touchdown passes ahead of Class 8A state championship.

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Tyler Vasey

Senior quarterback, Prairie Ridge

6-foot, 180 pounds

Player of the Year erupted for IHSA single-season rushing yards record (3,776), has 52 run TDs before 6A state final.

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Kaiden Miller

Senior running back, Grayslake Central

6-foot-3, 215 pounds

Holds nine different Rams records after generating 2,681 all-purpose yards this year, leading to 27 total touchdowns.

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Blake Regenold

Senior running back, Tri-Valley

6-foot-2, 195 pounds

Has rushed nearly 300 times for Class 2A state finalist, amassing 2,368 yards and 32 TDs. Also sports 63 tackles.

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Malachi Washington

Senior running back, Peoria

5-foot-11, 205 pounds

Averaging more than 200 rushing yards per game, including nearly 400 plus five TDs in a Class 5A semifinal win.

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Frank Covey

Senior tight end, Prospect

6-foot-2, 185 pounds

Future Northwestern athlete racked up 69 catches for 1,374 yards and 25 touchdowns for the nine-win Knights.

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KJ Parker

Junior wide receiver, IC Catholic

5-foot-11, 170 pounds

Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin have offered athlete with 33 catches for 996 yards, 15 TDs entering Class 3A state final.

Quenton Rogers

Senior wide receiver, Mahomet-Seymour

6-foot-2, 195 pounds

Snared 59 passes for 1,141 yards and 18 TDs, rushed for nine TDs — two in a 5A quarterfinal — for 11-win Bulldogs.

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Anthony Birsa

Senior offensive lineman, Joliet Catholic

6-foot-5, 270 pounds

Northwestern commit helped Hilltoppers average nearly 40 points per game as part of an eight-win campaign.

Cannon Leonard

Senior offensive lineman, Iroquois West

6-foot-9, 265 pounds

Iowa pledge follows in older brother Clayton’s footsteps as an all-stater, aided Raiders in averaging 33.8 points.

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TJ McMillen

Senior offensive lineman, Wheaton St. Francis

6-foot-3, 275 pounds

Illinois commit generated 108 pancake blocks on offense, 68 tackles on defense in 11 games for 4A semifinalist.

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Miles McVay

Senior offensive lineman, East St. Louis

6-foot-6, 358 pounds

Will prepare to play at Alabama after Class 6A state final, which Flyers enter averaging 45.5 points per contest.

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Chris Terek

Senior offensive lineman, Glenbard West

6-foot-5, 310 pounds

Wisconsin will welcome Terek after he played role in Hilltoppers averaging 34.4 points en route to 8A semifinals.



Kaden Feagin

Senior all-purpose player, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond

6-foot-3, 235 pounds

Future Illini rushed for 1,637 yards, threw for 695 yards and had 36 total touchdowns. Also made 82 tackles.

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Andrew Laurich

Senior defensive lineman, Yorkville

6-foot-5, 265 pounds

Will head to Colorado State after harassing opponents to tune of 28 tackles for loss, eight sacks for 10-win team.

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Marquise Lightfoot

Junior defensive lineman, Chicago Kenwood

6-foot-5, 215 pounds

Holds six Big Ten offers and provided Broncos 122 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, nine sacks, 18 QB hurries this year.

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Roderick Pierce

Senior defensive lineman, Brother Rice

6-foot-3, 290 pounds

Wisconsin commit disrupted opposing offenses, recording 21 tackles for loss, 3 1/2 sacks and 14 QB hurries

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Will Seibert

Senior defensive lineman, Jacobs

6-foot-3, 255 pounds

Johns Hopkins pledge piled up 16 tackles for loss, 12 sacks while founding a non-profit sports equipment group.

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Justin Scott

Junior defensive lineman, Chicago St. Ignatius

6-foot-5, 310 pounds

Carries offers from Alabama, Notre Dame and numerous Big Ten schools, helped Wolfpack to Class 6A semifinals.

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Christian Bentancur

Junior linebacker, Marian Central

6-foot-5, 235 pounds

Boasts 32 Power Five offers; had seven sacks and one pick-six on defense, 54 receptions for 1,058 yards on offense.

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Cole Dutkovich

Senior linebacker, Naperville Neuqua Valley

6-2 210

Naperville Sun’s Player of the Year contributed 121 tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles for eight-win team.

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Tyler Jansey

Senior linebacker, Batavia

6-foot-1, 215 pounds

Entering 7A state final, Wisconsin commit has notched 120 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, nine offensive touchdowns.

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Danny Pasko

Senior linebacker, Lyons

6-foot-1, 205 pounds

Lions’ first quarterfinals berth since 2012 came on back of Pasko’s 72 tackles, 15 sacks. Added five rushing TDs.

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Jake Scianna

Senior linebacker, Lincoln-Way East

6-foot, 225 pounds

Has played season on a torn ACL, yet possesses 87 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks before 8A state final.

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Tyler Erkman

Senior defensive back, Lake Zurich

6-foot-1, 185 pounds

North Dakota commit’s skill set includes picking off five passes on defense, catching nine TD passes on offense.

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John Nestor

Senior defensive back, Marist

6-foot-1, 185 pounds

Eventual Iowa athlete logged four interceptions along with 52 tackles, five tackles for loss for a 7A semifinalist.

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Drew Surges

Senior defensive back, St. Charles North

6-foot-2, 185 pounds

Did it all for 7A quarterfinalist, making 96 tackles with six tackles for loss, rushing for 12 TDs, catching six TD passes.

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Justin Taylor

Senior defensive back, Nazareth Academy

6-foot-1, 185 pounds

Wisconsin commit helped Roadrunners recover from 2-4 start to make 5A state final, scored twice in quarterfinals.

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Conor Talty

Senior kicker, Chicago St. Rita

6-foot-1, 195 pounds

Alabama pledge went 36 of 36 on PATs, 17 of 19 on field goals with a long of 51 yards for Class 7A semifinalist.




Teegan Davis Princeton 6-2 170 Sr.

Matthew Hagy Vandalia 5-10 165 Sr.

Kohen Hoots Jacksonville Routt 6-0 180 Sr.

Bradyn Little Quincy 5-11 185 So.

Max Lynch Pana 6-0 170 Sr.

Dennis Mandala IC Catholic 5-10 165 Jr.

Eli Meier Sycamore 6-0 175 Sr.

Alesio Milivojevic Wheaton St. Francis 6-2 200 Jr.

Keeton Reiss Rochester 6-1 260 Sr.

Jake Seman Williamsville 5-11 170 Sr.

Blayne Sisson Mt. Carmel 6-1 175 Jr.

Matt Vezza York 5-11 180 Sr.

Brad Vierneisel Prospect 6-1 185 Sr.



Devon Clemons Murphysboro 5-8 185 Sr.

Kaden Farrell Ridgeview/Lexington 5-10 199 Sr.

Drew Fehr Prairie Central 6-2 190 Sr.

Garrett Gensler Rochelle 6-1 200 Sr.

Michael Hackman BHRA 5-9 165 Sr.

Johnny Kobler Forreston 6-3 240 Sr.

James Kwiecinski Lincoln-Way East 5-11 180 Sr.

Gunar Lobdell Lena-Winslow 6-0 184 Sr.

Lleyton Miller Decatur Lutheran 5-9 165 Jr.

Mac Resetich Spring Valley Hall 6-1 210 Sr.

Evan Rivera Mt. Vernon 5-10 200 Sr.

Steven Siegel Richmond-Burton 6-0 210 Sr.

Brian Stanton Plainfield South 5-10 190 Sr.

Breyahn Townsend Bremen 5-10 185 Sr.

Kanye Tyler Pekin 6-0 180 Sr.



Lynel Billups-Williams Crete-Monee 5-11 170 Sr.

Dash Dorsey St. Francis 5-11 175 Sr.

Malik Elzy Simeon 6-3 198 Sr.

Declan Forde Loyola Academy 6-2 175 Sr.

Carson Grove Hersey 6-0 175 Jr.

JT Jeter Macomb 6-2 170 Jr.

Allen Middleton Mascoutah 5-11 180 Sr.

Madixx Morris Sacred Heart-Griffin 6-0 187 Sr.

Michael Prokos Crystal Lake South 6-0 180 Jr.

Jalen Smith O’Fallon 6-4 190 Sr.

Garrett Taylor Salt Fork 6-6 255 Sr.

Deakon Tonielli Oswego 6-6 215 Sr.

Brayden Trimble Mt. Zion 6-0 160 So.

Cam Williams Glenbard South 6-2 185 Jr.



Austin Barrett St. Charles East 6-7 285 Sr.

Jacek Blaszynski Lemont 6-3 285 Sr.

Anthony Cunningham Belleville East 6-4 305 Sr.

Alex Hamrick Chatham Glenwood 6-0 250 Sr.

Justin Hemmersbach Morris 6-3 265 Sr.

Charles Jagusah Alleman 6-6 308 Sr.

Josh Janowski Lincoln-Way East 6-2 275 Jr.

Zach Michaels Plainfield North 6-2 270 Sr.

Paris Patterson East St. Louis 6-6 345 Sr.

Chris Peura Seneca 6-2 230 Jr.

Cooper Starks Virden North Mac 6-5 320 Sr.

Jacob Welch Johnsburg 6-6 295 Sr.



Ethan Aghakhan Stevenson 6-3 245 Jr.

Brooks Bahr Loyola Academy 6-6 270 Sr.

Ben Bielawski Downers Grove North 6-1 225 Sr.

Jake Davies Yorkville 6-7 250 Sr.

Henry Engel Lena-Winslow 6-3 260 Sr.

Iose Epenesa Edwardsville 6-4 245 So.

Christopher Farrell Lisle 6-6 280 Sr.

Reese Finch Rockridge 5-10 160 Sr.

Jaylun Nelson Triad 6-2 330 Sr.

Mack O’Halloran Downers Grove South 6-4 240 Sr.

Eddie Turek Lyons 6-4 265 Jr.

Kyus Root Unity 5-9 180 Sr.

Asher Tomaszewski Chicago Mt. Carmel 6-4 275 Sr.

Emmet Wolf Maine South 6-3 233 Sr.



Matt Brummer St. Teresa 6-1 192 Sr.

Bryan Dieker Mendon Unity 6-1 185 Sr.

Dominic Dixon East St. Louis 6-0 180 Jr.

Isaac Genenbacher Camp Point Central 6-3 200 Sr.

Zyire Griffin Urban Prep/Bronzeville 6-1 245 Jr.

Brandon Harvey Centennial 6-0 210 Sr.

Brennan Houser Mahomet-Seymour 6-1 205 Sr.

Matt Kingsbury Chicago St. Rita 6-3 230 Sr.

Brock Leenerman Normal West 6-1 185 Sr.

DeShaun Manning Huntley 6-0 175 Sr.

Aiden Riser Maroa-Forsyth 6-0 190 Sr.

Logan Rooney Plainfield North 6-2 215 Sr.

Jack Sadowsky Batavia 6-2 230 Sr.

Matthew Senteney Annawan/Wethersfield 6-0 185 Sr.

Jackson Stratton Quincy Notre Dame 6-1 200 Sr.

Noah Taylor Lemont 6-1 195 Sr.

K’Vion Thunderbird Kenwood 6-1 205 Sr.

Michael Tringali South Elgin 6-2 215 Sr.

Cory West Sacred Heart-Griffin 6-1 195 Sr.



Leontre Bradford East St. Louis 6-2 190 Jr.

Kaiden Droste West Central 5-8 165 Sr.

Jailen Duffie Gurnee Warren 6-0 160 Sr.

Brody Engel Genoa-Kingston 5-9 160 Sr.

Jyaire Hill Kankakee 6-1 170 Sr.

Colin James Wilmington 5-8 160 Sr.

AJ Mulcahy Durand-Pecatonica 6-3 205 Sr.

Chase Newman Morrison 6-3 170 Jr.

Owen Relander Mercer County 6-3 185 Sr.

Bryce Revermann Breese Central 6-0 145 Sr.



Ian Davis Carbondale 5-10 170 Sr.

Declan Duley El Paso-Gridley 6-2 200 Sr.

Danny Vukovic Lake Zurich 6-1 200 Sr.

Colin Likas is the preps coordinator at The News-Gazette. He can be reached at, or on Twitter at @clikasNG.

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Colin Likas covers Illinois football and high school sports at The News-Gazette. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@clikasNG).

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