Mount Carmel junior defensive end/outside linebacker Terrance Taylor (6-foot-4, 204 pounds) was simply one of the most impressive overall performers at the EDGYTIM Underclassmen Showcase, powered by EFT Football Academy.
Taylor, who worked out as a linebacker at the showcase, also plays defensive end for Hall of Fame head coach Frank Lenti's Caravan. Taylor, who has two early verbal scholarship offers from Central Michigan and Toledo, has the look, tools, overall physical upside and potential to become a highly sought after recruit in the Class of 2018.
Take a few minutes to meet Taylor in the video above.
2017-18 record: 26-5, 8-1 Public League Red-South/Central
Postseason results: Lost to Whitney Young in Class 4A sectional finals.
Players to watch: Senior guard DeJuan Gordon is a Kansas State commit who emerged as a top-150 national prospect with his strong play this summer. Another senior guard, Ramean Hinton, is also a talented perimeter threat with plenty of experience. And keep an eye out for Fenwick transfer Damari Nixon as the Condors have historically done well with transfer guards.
Why they're in the power rankings: Curie will have some question marks on the interior, but they're absolutely stacked at guard. Gordon is a legit Player of the Year candidate while he has plenty of help around him. The Condors have been one of the Public League's best programs over the past decade and this season should be no different.
Did you know? Curie has captured four consecutive regional titles in Class 4A.
2017-18 record: 22-7, 7-3 SouthWest Suburban Blue
Postseason results: Lost to West Aurora in Class 4A sectional finals.
Players to watch: A Division I backcourt of seniors Tyler Cochran (Northern Illinois) and Joseph Yesufu (Drake) has Bolingbrook in the top ten once again as they should be a lethal combination. Senior big man Kameron Leonard is a quality big man who is committed to Lewis University. Junior guard Darius Burford has received praise from college coaches for his play this fall.
Why they're in the power rankings: Bolingbrook's Division I backcourt remains as dangerous as any team in the area as Cochran and Yesufu can both take over a game. With more than just that duo capable of putting up production, the Raiders look like a very legitimate contender this season.
Did you know? Bolingbrook head coach Rob Brost spent part of the offseason as a court coach for USA Basketball. Brost helped during June's U17 World Cup Team Training Camp as well as October's Junior National Team Minicamp.