Friday, July 26, 2013

Marist tight end Nic Weishar...

...was named "2013 Mr. Football" from Illinois by MaxPreps.

A good choice, to be sure, but there are so many other athletes that could have been considered. Here's a (tentative) list of a few early games I hope to attend that will feature some of the very best skill position players in the Chicago area.

Aug. 30 Glenbard North (Justin Jackson, RB) @ Batavia

Don't like that choice? There's also:

Cary-Grove (last year's Class 6A runner-up) @ Wheaton North (Clayton Thorson, QB), or
Bolingbrook (Parrker Westphal, DB) @ Hinsdale Central (Ian Bunting, TE)

Aug. 31 Triple-header at Soldier Field!

10:00 a.m.      Mt. Carmel (Matt Domer, RB) vs. St. Patrick
1:00 p.m.        DeLaSalle (Mikale Wilbon, RB) vs. Phillips
7:00 p.m.        St. Rita (Tommy Mister, ATH) vs. Marist (Nic Weishar, TE)

Yes, all three.

Sept. 6 Neuqua Valley (Mikey Dudek, WR) @ Naperville Central (Jake Kolbe, QB)

Great cross-town rivalry!

Sept. 7 Notre Dame (Chris James, RB) @ Bartlett

Sept. 13 Glenbard West @ Downers Grove North (David Edwards, QB), or

Wheaton North (Clayton Thorson, QB) @ Wheaton Warrenville South

Hard to say at this point which will be the better game.

Sept. 20 Benet (Jack Beneventi, QB) @ Crete-Monee

That brings us up to Week Five when I'll be out of town. (And a good chance for you to rob my house.) By that point I should have seen eleven of the state's top skill position players. (It's all subject to change, of course. Remember, above all else I want to see the best game between the best teams.)

So whom have I left out? Well, Andrew running back Jarvion Franklin, Thornton wide receiver Jauan Wesley and Lincoln-Way North wide receiver Julian Hylton, to name a few. I'll have to work them in somehow; there's always October and the playoffs.

But that should get you started for now.

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