One of the hottest prospects in the state these last few weeks has been Crete-Monee's Anthony Standifer. A long, athletic 6'1 cornerback, he has picked up offer after offer of late. This was my first time seeing him in person, and it's easy to see why he has those offers. In addition to his size, he has legitimate speed and athleticism. He's not a 4.3 guy, but he can run with just about anyone, and his ball skills are top notch. He has some technical work to do still, but his anticipation and awareness is good. He did a good job of recognizing and jumping routes.
He is not the only prospect at Crete though. Sophomore receivers Laquon Treadwell and Lance Lenoir are impressive. Treadwell is physically impressive at 6'3, 190-lb, and can go up high to get the ball. He is still improving his route running, but he has all the physical tools to be a top recruit in his own right.
We had not heard of Lenoir until today, but he will turn some heads. He's not the physical marvel Treadwell is at 5'10, 175-lbs, but he was one of the quickest, most explosive players at the event and showed excellent hands. Not to be outdone by younger teammates, junior receiver Brandon Sykes, a transfer from Kankakee, also had a great day. He's quick, creates good separation and made some tough grabs.
Some other skill guys that impressed included sophomore defensive back Dillan Cazley from Charleston High did very well. He's a nicely built young guy who really took to the coaching and got better as the day went on and came away with a couple nice breakups and interceptions. He's one to watch for the future.
West Leyden's Nelson Lugo is a linebacker by trade, but he has been making the transition to playing safety at the next level and did a nice job in man to man coverage yesterday. The same goes for linebacker Brandt Pfeifer, who did well in 1-1s.
Jack Lynn, who is beginning to add offers, also had a nice day. Watching him run and catch passes, I like his athleticism and how that will translate to defense. He has a great frame and he's a good athlete for that size.
On the offensive line, sophomore Ethan Pocic is definitely going to be a top prospect. He has two offers, and his size, punch, technique, and strength were on display in 1-1s. He is going to be a very good one. Fellow sophomore Nick Severs, a relatively unknown prospect, did well. He just has to get bigger, as he is around 230-235 right now. Barrington's Mason Darrow, is another sophomore with a nice frame. He still has to get stronger, but his technique keeps improving and he has the length you like to see.
In the senior class, Conant's Paul Perschon keeps making strides. Since starting at Core 6, I've seen his technique get better and better. He's a mountain of a man at 6'6, 310-lbs, and he's now adding technique and flexibility and it is showing. He has a couple offers, and I think more could come this summer if he keeps showing well.
On the defensive line, Hubbard's duo of Mikhail Dubose and Mario Jones made it tough on these offensive linemen. Both play with great motor and intensity. They both also have good sets of pass rush moves. Jones, an interior guy, is going to be more of a three-tech, a disruptor. Dubose is an end, but could also potentially move inside because he's a bigger bodied kid. Both have FBS offers and both should be able to add more this summer.