Updated State Rankings: Illinois
Kyle Prater
Kyle Prater
Midwest Regional Manager
Posted Aug 12, 2009


There has been a lot of movement in our Illinois state rankings. The state is producing quite a few top prospects, particularly on the lines and at quarterback. Scout.com has updated our list of the state's top prospects, just before the start of the season. Here are our top 70 prospects.

Prater Remains at the Top
Proviso West wide receiver Kyle Prater is still the premier prospect in the state
Back when we first ranked the 2010 class, the Scout.com staff was extremely impressed by Kyle Prater. At the time, he was considered a good prospect, but not necessarily among the nation's elite. We believed in what we saw and made Kyle the nation's top receiver prospect. After a spring and summer has passed, nothing we have seen has changed that. The 6-5, 205-lb Prater has size, good speed and some of the best ball skills of any wide receiver we have seen. There are some great prospects in Illinois this year, but Prater stands out among them all.


Stocks Rising
These five have been moving up the charts

C.J. Fiedorowicz - TE - Johnsburg
We loved him on film, but seeing his size and athleticism in person was a sight to behold.

Bruce Gaston - DT - Chicago St. Rita
Kids with his size and ability to play the run are rare and that has made him a hot commodity.

Taylor Graham - QB - Wheaton North
After an injury kept him out for a few games last year, Graham had a fabulous summer which ended with him committing to Ohio State.

Tommy Rees - QB - Lake Forest
Rees was another quarterback who came onto the radar late, but he impressed at camps and on film.

De'Ron Flood - TE - O'Fallon
Flood's film really impressed us. The Purdue commit can run and is a dangerous threat in the passing game.


Five to Watch

These five could rise up the next rankings
Michael Heitz - OT - Table Grove V.I.T.
Illinois commitment is one we need to study more on film and we will see him in person this year.

Fabbians Ebbelle - OT - Chicago Simeon
Really impressed at our Evanston combine, a good senior season and he should pick up some offers.

Patrick Ivy - QB - Cahokia
Ivy is a good athlete with a live arm. We are making a trip out to Cahokia later this year and a good performance this season should move him up.

Pete Houlihan - CB - New Lenox Providence Catholic
He's one of the hot names in the state right now and one we will monitor this season.

Terrence Terry - WR - Barrington
He was excellent at the Evanston combine. He will play quarterback this year, but his future is at wide receiver.


By the Numbers
Number of In-State players committed to FBS schools:
30
Number of In-State players offered by FBS schools:
57
Highest Ranked player Without an FBS Offer: Fabbians Ebbelle (26)

 



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