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Edgy Tim's top five Illinois high school quarterbacks for the Class of 2021

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Edgy Tim's top five Illinois high school quarterbacks for the Class of 2021

The upcoming high school football season should have some quality talent under center. Here are my top five quarterbacks within Illinois for the Class of 2021. 

1. J.J. McCarthy - Nazareth Academy, 6-foot-2 195 pounds (Michigan): McCarthy has added more weight and muscle this offseason and is on track to become one of the best quarterbacks to ever hail from the Land of Lincoln.

2. Athan Kaliakmanis - Antioch, 6-foot-4, 195 pounds (Minnesota): Kaliakmanis saw his 2019 junior season cut short to injury. He is a terrific all-around athlete who is primed for a huge senior season.

3. Tyler Macon - East St. Louis, 6-foot-0, 185 pounds (Missouri): Macon was the state's MVP in 2019 as he lead the Flyers to a 14-0 record and a 6A state title. Missouri lands another top-notch name from the Metro East region. 

4. Justin Lynch - Mount Carmel, 6-foot-1, 205 pounds (Temple): It’s very likely that Lynch will remind you of his older brother/head coach Jordan Lynch: a tough, hard-nosed dual-threat quarterback. The sky is the limit for Justin.

5. Ethan Hampton - Aurora Christian, 6-foot-3 185 pounds (NIU): Hampton has been a highly productive player for the Eagles. He has an excellent arm, touch and accuracy while also serving as a threat running the football. 

On The Rise?

Michael Brescia - Hinsdale Central, 6-foot-3 195 pounds: Brescia has the size, look and overall physical tools to develop into a FBS-level signal caller. 

Tommy Rittenhouse - Wheaton St. Francis, 6-foot-0 180 pounds: Rittenhouse is an electric playmaker who was on a serious roll in 2019 before suffering an injury.

Anthony Sayles - Niles Notre Dame, 6-foot-3  200 pounds: Sayles is also a standout in basketball for the Dons. He could play a few different positions in college.

Ty Michael - O'Fallon, 6-foot-2, 175 pounds: Michael gets bigger, stronger and better every time I see him in person.

Reed Braundmeier - Breese Mater Dei, 6-foot-3, 190 pounds: Downstate signalcaller is a big, strong and accurate passer who crushes the all-important eyeball test.

10 Days to Kickoff: Mount Carmel

10 Days to Kickoff: Mount Carmel

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: Mount Carmel

Head coach: Jordan Lynch

How they fared in 2018: 11-2 (4-0 CCL Green Conference). Mount Carmel made the Class 7A state playoff field and defeated T.F. South, Lake Zurich and East St. Louis. They advanced to the semifinal round where they lost St. Charles North.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Calumet New Tech (Indiana) 
Sept. 6 @ Maine South
Sept. 13 vs Montini 
Sept. 20 vs Loyola
Sept. 27 @ Marmion Academy
Oct. 4 @ Marist
Oct. 11 vs De La Salle
Oct. 18 @ St. Viator
Oct. 25 vs Brother Rice

[MORE: 14 Days to Kickoff - Montini] 

Biggest storyline: The new field. So long, Gately Stadium. Hello, Barda-Dowling Stadium at Carey Field. Can the Caravan continue their winning tradition with the first full season on campus at their new facility?

Names to watch this season: OL Jalen Grant (Sr.) and RB/LB Kenenna Odeluga (Jr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Caravan will need to replace several graduated starters on both sides of the football this summer including nine starters on offense. 

EDGY's Early Take: The changes to Mount Carmel football have been extensive. In just a few shorts years, the Caravan went from (1) playing under Hall of Fame head coach Frank Lenti, (2) with all of their home games at Gately Stadium and (3) participating in the historical Chicago Catholic League. Now? Second-year head coach Jordan Lynch will lead the Caravan into the newly-realigned CCL/ESCC Blue conference while playing on true home field turf at Barda-Dowling Stadium at Carey Field. The Caravan will feature several new starters but the talent level will remain very high. The stacked underclassmen group is worth noting. Keep an eye on senior OG Jalen Grant. But also, RB/LB Kenenna Odeluga, QB Justin Lynch and ATH Benjamin Perry --all juniors-- are just a few of the many underclassmen to watch this fall. This team will be a bit inexperienced on, but they also have the makings of a team that will get better each week in 2019.