Two more days remain in the 2018 NFL Draft — and there is a good chance that several local players will have their names announced in Dallas by the time the weekend is up. Here a few products from the state of Illinois to pay attention to over the remaining days of the draft.
OT Jamarco Jones (De La Salle/Ohio State)
Jones, a four-star ranked offensive tackle recruit, was also ranked as the seventh-best offensive tackle in the nation from the Class of 2014, according to Rivals.com. Jones had over 25 scholarship offers while being an All State lineman for the Meteors. He gave Ohio State his verbal commitment in the summer of 2013. Jones made two official visits including a late official visit to Michigan State but signed his letter of intent with the Buckeyes.
C-G Brian Allen (Hinsdale Central/Michigan State)
Allen, who was a four-star ranked center recruit, joined his older brother Jack Allen at Michigan State and gave the Spartans his verbal commitment in April 2013. Allen, as a true freshman, wound up playing on the same line as Jack. He was an early lean towards Michigan State in his recruiting process despite landing 15 scholarship offers.
TE Troy Fumagalli (Waubonsie Valley/Wisconsin)
Fumagalli, a three-star ranked tight end in the Class of 2013, wound up heading to Wisconsin as a preferred walk-on. He passed up 11 scholarship offers from multiple Mid-American Conference and FCS schools. Fumagalli, who wound up on a full scholarship in his junior year at Wisconsin, also looked hard at North Carolina State before making his college choice.
RB Justin Jackson (Glenbard North/Northwestern)
Jackson, who was a four-star ranked running back in the Class of 2014, gave Northwestern his early verbal commitment in May 2013. Jackson, who was nicknamed Superman while being a three-year, All-State running back and defensive back at Glenbard North, was an early lean to Northwestern. Jackson did take a handful of unofficial visits to Vanderbilt, Iowa and Illinois before committing to the Wildcats.
WR Simmie Cobbs Jr. (Oak Park-River Forest/Indiana)
Cobbs Jr. was a three-star ranked athlete in the Class of 2014. He gave Indiana a verbal commitment in February 2014 a few days after making an official visit. Cobbs Jr., who also drew recruiting attention as a tight end, originally gave Purdue his verbal commitment. However, the Boilermakers offered and recruited Cobbs Jr. as a tight end while Indiana insisted that Cobbs Jr. would play wide receiver for the Hoosiers. Cobbs Jr. made official visits to both Purdue and Indiana and Cobbs Jr. flipped his Purdue pledge to Indiana and signed to play in Bloomington.
Here are some other notable potential draftees to keep an eye on this weekend:
OL Kyle Bosch (Wheaton St. Francis/West Virginia)
DE Demetrius Cooper (Julian/Michigan State)
LB Chris Covington (Al Raby/Indiana)
K Tyler Davis (St. Charles North/Penn State)
LB Garret Dooley (Rochester/Wisconsin)
CB Jayden Dunlap (Crete-Monee/Illinois)
RB Jarvion (Franklin Andrew/WMU)
RB Ty Isaac (Joliet Catholic/Michigan)
DB Michael Joseph (Oswego/University of Dubuque)
DT Tyler Lancaster (Plainfield East/Northwestern)
TE Nathan Marcus (Glenbard West/Vanderbilt)
LB Nyles Morgan (Crete-Monee/Notre Dame)
DB Cole Reyes (Schaumburg/North Dakota)
DT Steven Richardson (Mount Carmel/Minnesota)
WR Trent Sherfield (Danville/Vanderbilt)
QB Chris Streveler (Marian Central Catholic/South Dakota)
LB Brett Taylor (Macomb/Western Illinois)
WR Malik Turner (Sacred Heart-Griffin/Illinois)
OL Logan Tuley-Tillman (Peoria Manual/UTEP)