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Chicagoland Class of 2018 Top 55 Watch List

Chicagoland Class of 2018 Top 55 Watch List

As we wrap up the Class of 2017, let's take a look ahead to next year for potential signees across Chicagoland.

Here's my Class of 2018 Top 55 Watch list:

Samson Evans (QB), Prairie Ridge, 6-foot-1, 185 pounds

Jbore Gibbs (QB), Phillips, 6-foot-3, 195 pounds

Ben Bryant (QB), Lyons Township, 6-foot-3, 190 pounds

Quincy Patterson (QB/ATH), Solorio, 6-foot-4, 220 pounds

Eric Mooney (RB/DB), Huntley, 5-foot-11, 175 pounds

Wyatt Blake (OL), Crystal Lake Central, 6-foot-4, 270 pounds

Jeff Jenkins (OL), Prairie Ridge, 6-foot-3. 250 pounds

Jimmy Wormsley (OL), Jacobs, 6-foot-3, 280 pounds

Bryce Effner (OL), Metea Valley, 6-foot-5, 270 pounds

Charlie Gross (OL), Loyola Academy, 6-foot-5, 270 pounds

Charlie Schmidt (OL), Libertyville, 6-foot-4, 270 pounds

Austin Glazier (OL), Fenwick, 6-foot-6, 280 pounds

Nick Marozas (OL), Brother Rice, 6-foot-4, 250 pounds

Ian Fitzgerald (OL), Lake Zurich, 6-foot-6, 270 pounds

Charles Robinson (TE), Waubonsie Valley, 6-foot-3, 220 pounds

TJ Ivy (TE), Marist, 6-foot-5, 220 pounds

Brian Kaiser (TE), New Trier, 6-foot-7, 210 pounds

Matt Bjorson (TE/WR), Hinsdale Central, 6-foot-4, 225 pounds

Micah Jones (WR), Warren Township, 6-foot-5, 210 pounds

Nick Calcagno (WR), Naperville North, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds

Johnny O'Shea (WR), Palatine, 6-foot-3, 190 pounds

Mike O'Laughlin (WR), Fenwick, 6-foot-4, 200 pounds

Alec Pierce (WR/TE), Glenbard West, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds

Jayshon Jackson (WR), Simeon, 5-foot-10, 160 pounds

Shaneal Greene (WR), Carmel, 6-foot-3, 180 pounds

I'Shawn Stewart (WR), Bolingbrook, 5-foot-11, 160 pounds

[RELATED: 2017 National Signing Day Recruiting Tracker]

Deshaun Mallory (DT), Bolingbrook, 6-foot-3, 265 pounds

Elijah Teague (DL), Marist, 6-foot-2, 295 pounds

Will McCabe (DL), Fremd, 6-foot-4, 272 pounds

Mike DeHaan (DE), Andrew, 6-foot-6, 230 pounds

Isaiah Lee (DT), Nazareth Academy, 6-foot-2, 270 pounds

Devin O'Rourke (DE), Lincoln-Way East, 6-foot-6, 230 pounds

Noah Shannon (DT), Oswego, 6-foot-2, 300 pounds

Mickey Brown (DL), Lyons Township, 6-foot-4, 285 pounds

Gavin McCabe (DL), Marist, 6-foot-3, 255 pounds

Terrance Taylor (DE), Mount Carmel, 6-foot-4, 210 pounds

Jacob Ommen (LB), Prairie Ridge, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds

Matthew Stuckey Jr. (OLB/S), Rich Central, 6-foot-0, 180 pounds

Jack Sanborn (LB), Lake Zurich, 6-foot-2, 210 pounds

Garrett Turner (LB), North Chicago, 6-foot-2, 220 pounds

Delonte Jones (LB), Thornton, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds

Mario Wright (LB), Homewood-Flossmoor, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds

Marquis Burks (LB), Curie, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds

Tyrik Henderson (DB), Glenbard North, 5-foot-11, 165 pounds

Gregory Newman (DB), Glenbard North, 6-foot-1, 175 pounds

Zaire Barnes (DB), Carmel, 6-foot-3, 190 pounds

Derric Lee (DB), Waubonsie Valley, 6-foot-0, 170 pounds

Glavion Mason (DB), Bishop McNamara, 6-foot-2, 185 pounds

Joe Bonds (S/ATH), De La Salle, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds

Justin Hall (DB/ATH), Homewood-Flossmoor, 6-foot-1, 180 pounds

DeShon Gavin (ATH), Providence Catholic, 6-foot-1, 175 pounds

Brandon McPherson (QB/ATH), Marmion Academy, 6-foot-2, 205 pounds

Alek Thomas (RB/ATH), Mount Carmel, 6-foot-1, 185 pounds

Morgan Taylor (QB/ATH), Marist, 6-foot-2, 175 pounds

Clayton Isbell (ATH), St. Charles East, 6-foot-3, 195 pounds

41 Days to Kickoff: Wilmington

41 Days to Kickoff: Wilmington

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Wilmington

Head coach: Jeff Reents

Assistant coaches: Barry Southall, Rob Murphy, Chad Farrell, Robert Bolser, Drew Tyler, Mark Langusch, Mike Bushnell, Andy Peterson and Mike Lenton

How they fared in 2018: 6-4 (2-2 Interstate Eight ‘Small’ Conference). Wilmington made the Class 3A IHSA state football playoff field and lost to Monmouth-Roseville in opening round action. 

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Evergreen Park
Sept. 6 vs. Oak Lawn
Sept. 13 @ Streator
Sept. 20 vs Manteno
Sept. 27 @ Lisle
Oct. 4 vs Herscher
Oct. 11 vs Reed-Custer
Oct. 18 @ Coal City
Oct. 25 vs Peotone

Biggest storyline: The Wildcats have made the playoffs 23 seasons in a row. Can they keep up their winning ways in a new conference (Illinois Central Eight) in 2019?

Names to watch this season: OL Hunter Doherty (Sr.) and RB/LB Jake Rodawold (Sr).

Biggest holes to fill: The Wildcats bring back a ton of experience with 14 returning starters but the overall numbers and depth can always be improved upon this summer. 

EDGY's Early Take: The Wildcats and head coach Jeff Reents had a rare early exit from the state playoffs in 2018. Look for this year’s team to rely on a more experienced lineup on both sides of the football. The new Illinois Central Eight conference home is a very familiar collection of teams that Wilmington has competed with for several years, so expect them to fare just fine here. 

42 Days to Kickoff: Glenbard East

42 Days to Kickoff: Glenbard East

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Glenbard East

Head coach: John Walters 

Assistant coaches: Bob Stone (OC), Tony Bartolotta (OL), Joe Cristina (WR), Brian Fetterolf (RB), Steve Kuchefski (OL), Tiff Hamilton (DL), Jim Walker (DL), Maurice Mason (OLB), Jeff Cherry (DC) and Dennis Lueck (DB)

How they fared in 2018: 10-1 (9-0 Upstate 8 Conference). Glenbard East made the Class 7A IHSA state football playoff field and defeated Prospect. In the second round, they lost to East St. Louis.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Elgin

Sept. 6 vs Bartlett

Sept. 13 @ West Chicago

Sept. 20 @ Fenton

Sept. 27 vs South Elgin

Oct. 4 vs East Aurora

Oct. 11 @ Streamwood

Oct. 18 vs Glenbard South

Oct. 25 vs Larkin

Biggest storyline: Last season was one of the most successful seasons in Glenbard East football history. Can the Rams keep the momentum going this fall?

Names to watch this season: S Jason Torrevillas (Sr.) and WR Deon Cook (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Rams will need to replace 16 graduated starters from last year's roster.

EDGY's Early Take: Glenbard East made the state playoffs in 2018 for just the second time in school history. The Rams will need to reload quite a bit on both sides of the football, yet Walters’ football program has never been in better shape— both from an overall excitement level and community involvement. The 2019 schedule also gives the Rams better than a fighting chance to make a potential state playoff bid this season.