2012: Illinois' Newest 3-Stars

Midwest Regional Manager
Posted Nov 18, 2010

Scout.com's updated junior rankings included a handful of Illinois kids who went up to three-stars. We also throw in two emerging prospects who are due to be bumped up as well.

Faith Ekakitie | DE | Lake Forest Academy
Here's a 6'3, 270-lb kid who was athletic enough to play middle linebacker a year ago and shows good get off. He has only played football for two years, so he's raw, but the upside is there. He already has an Illinois offer.

Robert Gregory | QB | Chicago Simeon
The triggerman behind the Wolverines' explosive offense is 6'3 and runs a 4.49. He's the ideal new-age spread quarterback with the ability to beat you with his arm and feet. He can throw the ball over 65 yards and runs by defenders in the open field with ease.

Wes Lunt | QB | Rochester
They always seem to turn out great quarterbacks, including Wes' older brother Will. The younger Lunt really impressed us with his pure passing ability over the summer and he carried that over into this season where he has them deep into the playoffs.

Nick Mangieri | OLB | Dunlap
A stand out at both linebacker and tight end, Mangieri has a great frame and athleticism to go with it. I think he could play on either side of the ball at the next level, but we currently project him best as a SAM linebacker.

Jordan Westerkamp | WR | Montini
6'2, 185-lbs and physical. Westerkamp goes up and gets the ball and makes tough grabs look easy. He's reliable and shows excellent feel for the position. He does all the little things well and that is not surprising considering he comes from a football family.

Malin Jones | RB | Joliet Catholic Academy
This Northwestern commit is a big back, a long strider who can break big runs. He has great physical tools and upside. He still needs to fill out a bit because he's so tall, but we're looking forward to seeing what he'll do next year when he has to carry more of the load as well.

We just received film of St. Joseph's DT Jaleel Johnson (6-3, 290) and Providence Catholic OT Ryan Ward (6-6, 270) and feel they are worthy of mention. They did not make it into this rankings update, but both should be nationally ranked guys in the near future.

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DE Faith Ekakitie (profile)
QB Robert Gregory (profile)
RB Malin Jones (profile)
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