High school football: The area’s top 50 players

The best high school football players in the area for the 2022-23 season.

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Crete-Monee’s Joshua Franklin (7) runs the ball against St. Ignatius.

Crete-Monee’s Joshua Franklin (7) runs the ball against St. Ignatius.

Kirsten Stickney/For the Sun-Times

The area’s top 50 players, listed in alphabetical order.

Player, School, Year, Position, Height, Weight

Brooks Bahr, Loyola, Sr., DL, 6-6, 280

Austin Barrett, St. Charles East, Sr., OL, 6-7, 275

Christian Betancur, Marian Central, Jr., TE, 6-5, 240

Lynel Billups-Williams, Crete-Monee, Sr., WR, 5-11, 160

Anthony Birsa, Joliet Catholic, Sr., OL, 6-4, 285

Frank Covey IV, Prospect, Sr., WR, 6-2, 185

Kiwaun Davis, Kenwood, Sr., DB, 6-3, 165

Jailen Duffie, Warren, Sr., DB, 6-1, 170

Darrion Dupree, Mount Carmel, Jr., RB, 5-10, 177

Malik Elzy, Simeon, Sr., WR, 6-3, 195

Pat Farrell, St. Rita, Sr., DL, 6-5, 235

Joshua Franklin, Crete-Monee, Sr., QB, 5-10, 175

Aidan Gray, Naperville North, Sr., QB, 6-3, 185

Nathan Greetham, Prairie Ridge, Sr., RB, 5-8, 175

Tysean Griffin, Morgan Park, Jr., RB, 5-11 165

Brandon Hansen, Mundelein, Jr., OL, 6-6, 290

Jyaire Hill, Kankakee, Sr., DB, 6-1, 170

Jamel Howard, Marist, Sr., DL, 6-2, 320

Tyler Jansey, Batavia, Sr., LB, 6-1, 225

Michael Jimmar, Plainfield East, Sr., OL, 6-5, 280

Tre Jones, Oswego East, Sr., QB, 6-2, 175

Andrew Laurich, Yorkville, Sr., DL, 6-5, 250

Marquise Lightfoot, Kenwood, Jr., DL, 6-5, 215

Christian McKinney, Homewood-Flossmoor, Sr., LB, 6-1, 222

TJ McMillen, St. Francis, Sr., OL, 6-3, 270

Ethan Middleton, St. Rita, Jr., RB, 5-11, 180

John Nestor, Marist, Sr., DB, 6-1, 190

KJ Parker, IC Catholic, Jr., WR/DB, 6-0, 175

Tony Phillips, Kankakee, Jr., RB, 5-6, 170

Roderick Pierce III, Brother Rice, Sr., DL, 6-3, 265

Vinny Rugai, St. Ignatius, Sr., RB, 5-11, 190

Jack Sadowsky, Batavia, Sr., LB, 6-2, 215

Justin Scott, St. Ignatius, Jr., DL, 6-5, 315

Jake Stearney, Loyola, Sr., QB, 6-3, 180

Grant Stec, Jacobs, Jr., TE, 6-6, 220

I’Marion Stewart, Bolingbrook, Jr., WR, 6-1, 180

Christopher Terek, Glenbard West, Sr., OL, 6-6, 295

Kyle Thomas, Marian Catholic, Sr., QB, 6-3, 150

K’Vion Thunderbird, Kenwood, Sr., LB, 6-1, 205

Kahlil Tate, Kenwood, Sr., DB, 6-1, 185

Justin Taylor, Nazareth, Sr., WR, 6-1, 185

Eddie Tuerk, Lyons, Jr., DL, 6-4, 255

Asher Tomaszewski, Mount Carmel, Sr., DL, 6-4, 275

Deakon Tonielli, Oswego, Sr., TE, 6-5, 215

Trenton VanBoening, Libertyville, Sr., OL, 6-6, 295

Pierce Walsh, Benet, Sr., TE, 6-4, 212

Damon Walters, Bolingbrook, Sr., DB, 6-1, 175

Jacob Welch, Johnsburg, Sr., OL, 6-6, 290

Cam Williams, Glenbard South, Jr., WR, 6-2, 185

Luke Williams, Naperville North, Jr., WR, 6-0, 175

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