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Chicago area’s top 50 high school football players for 2019

The players to keep an eye on during the upcoming high school football season.

IC Catholic’s Kyle Franklin (20) gets an open look down field.
IC Catholic’s Kyle Franklin (20) gets an open look down field.
Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times

Name, School, Year, Position, Height, Weight

Dylan Barrett, St. Charles North, Sr., OG, 6-5, 305

Kaleb Brown, St. Rita, So., RB, 5-11, 183

Semaj Brown, Morgan Park, Sr., S, 6-2, 185

Pat Coogan, Marist, Jr., OT, 6-5, 275

David Davidkov, New Trier, Jr., OT, 6-6, 272

Kyle Franklin, IC Catholic, Jr., RB, 5-9, 175

Jameson Geers, Providence, Jr., TE, 6-5, 230

Jalen Grant, Mount Carmel, Sr., OG, 6-3, 297

Marcus Harper II, Homewood-Flossmoor, Sr., OG, 6-4, 290

AJ Henning, Lincoln-Way East, Sr., WR, 5-10, 183

Giacomo Iraci, Brother Rice, Sr., S, 6-2, 175

Mar’Keise Irving, Hillcrest, Jr., RB, 5-10, 175

Sam Jackson, Naperville Central, Jr., QB, 5-11, 170

Naperville Central’s Sam Jackson runs the ball during a practice.
Naperville Central’s Sam Jackson runs the ball during a practice.
Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times

Justin Jefferson, Brother Rice, Sr., DT, 5-10, 232

Ryan Kilburg, Maine South, Sr., S, 6-1, 187

Athan Kaliakmanis, Antioch, Jr., QB, 6-4, 190

Dino Kaliakmanis, Antioch, Jr., WR, 6-2, 188

Ryan Keeler, Nazareth, Jr,, DE, 6-5, 240

Christo Kelly, Loyola, Sr., C, 6-2, 240

JJ McCarthy Nazareth, Jr., QB, 6-2, 180

Jaden McGill, Oak Park, Jr., QB, 6-0, 180

Sean McLaughlin, Lincoln-Way East, Sr., DE, 6-7, 220

Greyson Metz, Glenbard West, Sr., LB, 6-3, 185

Nate Muersch, Montini, Sr., WR, 6-5, 215

Montini’s Nate Muersch (21) catches a pass.
Montini’s Nate Muersch (21) catches a pass.
Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times

Rylie Mills, Lake Forest, Sr., DE, 6-5, 275

Marcellus Moore, Plainfield North, Sr., RB, 5-8, 165

Tyler Morris, Nazareth, So., WR, 5-10, 160

Xander Mueller, Wheaton North, Sr., LB, 6-3, 210

Quadre Nicholson, Evanston, Sr., RB, 6-0, 185

Ronald Pledger, Phillips, Sr., CB, 6-2, 166

Jake Renfro, Providence, Sr., C, 6-3, 300

Trayvon Rudolph, Crete-Monee, Sr., QB, 5-11, 160

Cary-Grove’s Mitchel Dec (62) and Johnny Gagliano (39) bring down Crete-Monee’s Trayvon Rudolph.
Cary-Grove’s Mitchel Dec (62) and Johnny Gagliano (39) bring down Crete-Monee’s Trayvon Rudolph.
Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times

Bryan Sanborn, Lake Zurich, Jr., LB, 6-2, 210

Willie Shaw, Brother Rice, Jr., RB, 5-11, 180

Blake Skol, Cary-Grove, Sr., RB, 5-10, 160

Chau Smith, Simeon, Sr., CB, 5-11, 175

Willis Singleton Jr,, Warren, Sr., DT, 6-1, 301

Peter Skoronski, Maine South, Sr., C, 6-4, 275

Jadon Thompson, Naperville Central, Sr., WR, 6-2, 160

Sam Tumilty, Willowbrook, Sr., QB, 5-8, 156

Mac Uihlein, Lake Forest, Jr., LB, 6-1, 215

Lukas Van Ness, Barrington, Sr., DE, 6-5, 240

Justin Walters, Bolingbrook, Jr., S, 6-2, 170

Denver Warren, Brother Rice, Sr., DT, 6-1, 318

Hunter Welcing, Lake Zurich, Sr., TE, 6-4, 220

Kevo Wesley, Curie, Sr., OT, 6-5, 265

CJ West, Nazareth, Nazareth, Sr., DT, 6-2, 305

Kenyetta Williams, Joliet Catholic, Sr., RB, 5-10, 188

Leshon Williams, Richards, Sr., RB, 5-10, 208

Kendi Young, TF North, Sr., RB, 5-11, 185