It's early December and one thing has become quite a staple -- the Tom Lemming/NCSA all-area banquet.
Plenty of awards were handed out and some of Chicagoland's top talent was represented.
First, Michigan head coach Brady Hoke took the podium to deliver an inspirational speech to the athletes on hand, including such words of wisdom as why he coaches in the first place.
"I have a chance to help mold young men," Hoke simply said.
And also how to set yourself apart, and become a championship team.
"Championship people and teams go through life being respectful, accountable and trusting those they are with," Hoke said.
Shortly after, the coach of the year was awarded to Jerry Verde, after leading Crete-Monee to a perfect 14-0 record and the 6A State Title.
And finally, the Johnny Lattner athlete of the year award went to Laquon Treadwell -- who remains uncommitted but is seemingly drawing closer to a school of his choice. The award was presented by Lattner himself.
It wasn't just Crete-Monee that was honored though, plenty of up and coming talent took the stage Wednesday night.
Listed below are all the athletes that were recognized.
Aaron Bailey, QB Bolingbrook High (Illinois commit)
Ty Isaac, RB Joliet Catholic (USC Commit)
Laquon Treadwell, WR Crete-Monee (Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Florida, Michigan)
Matthew Alviti, QB Maine South (Northwestern commit)
Chris Streveler, QB Marian Central Catholic (Minnesota commit)
Reggie Spearman, LB Simeon (Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and more)
Chris Covington, Al Raby High
Daniel Kubiuk, Barrington High
Parrker Westphal, Bolingbrook High (Offers from Michigan, Northwestern, Illinois, and more_
Nyles Morgan, Crete-Monee High (New offers from Indiana, Florida, Michigan)
Omari Stringer, Crete-Monee High
Mikale Wilbon, De La Salle
Jacquet McClendon III, Evergreen Park Community High
Justin Jackson, Glenbard North (New offers from Iowa and Vanderbilt)
Eric Shute, Glenbard West
Haydent Lekacz, Glenbard West
Denzel Ward, Hales Franciscan
Romel Hill, Richards
Tacari Carpenter, Richards
Tommy Mister, Richards
Devin Pitts, Homewood-Flossmoor
J.B. Butler, Joilet Catholic
Jalen Hansel, Joliet Catholic
Theodore Hopkins, Leo High
Nick Allegretti, Lincoln-Way East High
Nic Weishar, Marist High
Dylan Thompson, Montini Catholic
Enoch Smith Jr., Mount Carmel
Matt Domer, Mount Carmel
Will Colmery, Nazareth Academy
Mike Dudek, Neuqua Valley High
Chris James, Notre Dame College Prep
Shane Evans, Prairie Ridge High School
Logan Plantz, Providence
Denzel Tolliver, Proviso West
Darnell Cockrell, Simeon
Brannon Barry, St. Charles East
Chase Gianacakos, St. Charles North
Eddie Randle, St. Rita
Julian Crum, St. Rita
Lamar Dawson, St. Rita
Taylor Johnson, Wheaton Academy
Clayton Thorson, Wheaton North
Jowahn Brown, Thornton Township
Jack Beneventi, Benet Academy
Christian Bolhuis, Chicago Christian
Dre Brown, DeKalb High
Raequan Williams, Gordon Tech College Prep
Hasan Muhammed-Rogers, Richards
Bobby McMillen, Naperville Central
Jack Shutack, Nazareth Academy
Lloyd Yates, Oak Park River Forest
Miles Boykin, Providence
Cameron Green, Stevenson
Willie Bourbon, Stevenson
Nicholas Dillon, Stevenson
Tuf Borland, Bolingbrook High
Jacob Kubin, Lake Zurich
Keevan Agee, Simeon
Justin Berry, St. Francis
Quayvon Skanes, Wendell Phillips Academy
Immanuel Woodberry, Evanston