OL Zack Petko, Cary-Grove
Sr. 6-1, 214 pounds
Leader of the offensive line that keyed the upset of East St. Louis in the Class 6A state championship game. Also a force at linebacker, finishing with 40 solo tackles, 57 assists, three sacks, nine tackles for a loss, five pass deflections and a blocked punt.
OL Jimmy Liston, Fenwick
Sr., 6-4, 290 pounds
Purdue recruit. Four-year varsity starter, played the most football games in Fenwick history. Lineman of the year in the Chicago Catholic League and Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State selection.
OL Deuce McGuire, Marist
Sr. 6-5, 290 pounds
Northwestern recruit. Three-year starter, named All-Conference and Lineman of the Year in the Chicago Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic Blue Division. Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State selection.
OL Valen Erickson, St. Rita
Sr., 6-6, 315 pounds
Missouri recruit. Three-year starter that helped lead St. Rita to two state championship game appearances. Steady, dominant presence allowed Mustangs to succeed with two sophomore running backs after Kaleb Brown’s injury.
QB Jack Lausch, Brother Rice
Sr., 6-2, 195 pounds
Notre Dame preferred walk-on. Finished the season 164 of 269 passing (61%) for 2,447 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Was a deadly threat on the ground with 142 carries for 1,084 yards and 21 touchdowns. He averaged 7.6 yards per carry. Led Crusaders to a 10-3 season and the Class 7A state semifinals.
RB Jordan Anderson, Joliet Catholic
Sr. 6-3, 230 pounds
Illinois recruit. The area’s most dominant running back. Led Hilltoppers to an undefeated season and the Class 4A state championship. Ran for more than 1,500 yards and 34 touchdowns despite missing some games with an injury. Scored five touchdowns and gained 306 rushing yards in the state title game.
RB Nick Hissong, Cary-Grove
Sr. 6-1, 221 pounds
Rushed for 1,713 yards and 29 touchdowns this season. Led Trojans’ option attack that upset East St. Louis in the Class 6A state championship game. Finished with 32 carries for 224 yards and two touchdowns in the title game.
RB Maurice Edwards, Warren
Sr. 6-1, 221 pounds
Vanderbilt recruit. Scored 22 touchdowns in 11 games and averaged 9.2 yards per carry. Had 1,629 rushing yards and 11 receptions for 68 yards. “Maurice is the best running back I have coached in my time at Warren and we have had some really good ones,” Blue Devils coach Bryan McNulty said.
WR Quentrell Harris, Nazareth
Sr. 6-1, 185 pounds
Game-breaking force for the Roadrunners. Had 53 catches for 865 yards and nine touchdowns in 11 games. Averaged 49 yards per kickoff return with three kickoffs and two punts returned for touchdowns.
WR Max Reese, Fenwick
Sr. 6-3, 215 pounds
Eastern Michigan recruit. Teamed with quarterback Kaden Cobb to help lead the Friars to an 11-2 record and the Class 5A state championship. Finished with 70 receptions for 1,140 yards and 15 total touchdowns.
WR Reggie Fleurima, Naperville Central
Sr. 6-2, 200 pounds
Northwestern recruit. Co-offensive player of the year in the DuPage Valley conference. Four-year varsity player. Drew double teams that allowed Redhawks to run the ball effectively. Had 60 receptions for 849 yards and 10 touchdowns. Also returned two punts for touchdowns and averaged 15.2 yards per return.
ATH Mike Sajenko, Maine South
Sr. 5-11, 197 pounds
Led Maine South to 12-2 season and the Class 8A state championship game. Scored 30 touchdowns, including 15 in the playoffs. Rushed for 1,370 yards on 188 carries this season and had 50 receptions for 507 yards. Finished with 2,107 all-purpose yards.
DL Teddy Gianaris, Maine South
Sr. 6-2, 237 pounds
Led Maine South with nine sacks and 17 tackles for a loss while playing with passion, intelligence and energy. Scored a 1450 on his SAT. Central Suburban League defensive player of the year and two-time All-Conference selection. Deciding between Penn, Princeton, Dartmouth and Cornell.
DL Djabril McNabb, St. Rita
Sr. 6-0, 230 pounds
Led Mustangs defense that shut out three opponents and held eight teams to fewer than 10 points. Had a knack for recovering fumbles and even scored a touchdown on a one-yard run against Providence.
DL Andrew Blackburn-Forst, Lockport
Sr. 6-3, 235 pounds
Anchor of the state’s most impressive unit that dominated multiple opponents on the way to the Class 8A state championship. Finished with 46 solo tackles, 26 tackles for a loss, 14 sacks and 14 quarterback hurries.
DL TJ McMillen, St. Francis
Jr. 6-3, 270 pounds
One of the most dominant two-way linemen in the state. Played almost every snap on both sides of the ball. Drew double and triple teams while finishing with 55 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, two sacks and 12 quarterback hurries. Had 41 pancakes as an offensive linemen. Holds offers from 11 FBS schools.
LB James Kreutz, Loyola
Sr. 6-1, 210 pounds
A disruptive force on defense and Loyola’s top running threat in goal line situations. “He’s probably the best pure football player I’ve ever coached,” Loyola coach John Holecek said. “He’s an animal. He’s all go, all the time. Even in practice.”
LB Jimmy Rolder, Marist
Sr. 6-3, 225 pounds
Michigan recruit. Co-Defensive player of the year in the Chicago Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic Blue Division. Finished with 70 solo tackles and 45 assists. Had 13 tackles for a loss, four sacks and three interceptions. Returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
LB Tyler Jansey, Batavia
Jr., 6-1 215 pounds
Had 66 solo tackles and 22 assists. Finished with five sacks, one interception and 16 tackles for a loss. Two-year starter with more than a dozen offers from FBS colleges. Led defense that shutout three opponents and held five teams to fewer than 10 points.
DB Josh Franklin, Crete-Monee
Jr. 6-0, 187 pounds
Played quarterback, receiver, defensive back and returned kicks for the Warriors. Had one of the most dominant performances in recent memory against Thornwood, a playoff team. He had 469 total yards and accounted for eight touchdowns — 340 passing yards and six touchdown passes, 129 rushing yards and two touchdown runs.
DB Jyaire Hill, Kankakee
Jr. 6-2, 180 pounds
Illinois High School Football Coaches Association First Team All-State selection. Helped lead Kankakee to the Class 5A state championship game. Two-time all-conference pick that scored 16 touchdowns on offense and had 62 tackles and nine interceptions on defense.
DB Jashawn Johnson, Hoffman Estates
Sr. 5-11, 170 pounds
Western Michigan recruit. A force on both sides of the ball. Finished with 54 tackles and four interceptions on defense, scored two defensive touchdowns. As a receiver had 77 catches for 1,432 yards and 20 touchdowns.
P/K Palmer Domschke, Neuqua Valley
Sr. 5-10, 175 pounds
Punted, kicked, played safety and ran the ball for the Wildcats. Converted six field goals and was 38 of 41 on extra points. Averaged 36 yards as a punter and 47 of his 49 kickoffs went for touchbacks. Also scored five rushing touchdowns, including the winner in double-overtime against Naperville Central. Had more than 60 tackles.