This was a particularly strong year for talent in Illinois. With two five-stars and several other major BCS prospects, including a slew of offensive linemen, this was a state many college coaches made it in to.
Treadwell did everything he had to do this year to establish himself as an elite prospect. He went to The Opening, where he competed against the nation's top defensive backs, and was one of the top receivers at the event. Then, most importantly, he did it on the field as a senior, leading his team to a state title, still posting great numbers despite being the focus of opposing defensive coordinators' game plans. He has size, ball skills and ability after the catch, all of which should help him make a quick impact at Mississippi.
2 | Ty Isaac | RB | Joliet Catholic Academy
Committed to USC
Isaac had a lot to battle this year. He had to fight injury as well as a growing sentiment that he did not play great competition in high school. Maybe those folks forgot about what he did as a junior, or his six touchdowns in the state title game against a good Montini team. He has good size, speed, and a smooth running style that has him compared with some of the USC greats that he now inherits the mantle from. He's also a great receiver out of the backfield, another asset he will bring to SoCal.
3 | Kyle Bosch | OT | Wheaton St. Francis
Committed to Michigan
Michigan, under Brady Hoke, has wanted to get back to more of a traditional Wolverine offense with the way they run the ball and the type of linemen they recruit. Bosch fits that perfectly. Is he the tallest or fastest lineman? No, but put a guy in front of him and that guy's ending up on the ground. He's a tough, rugged kid with the demeanor you want in a lineman. He's a technician as well who could play right tackle or either guard spot in college.
At nearly 6'7, 300-lbs, Pocic will enter college with the ideal size to immediately compete. He's a good athlete given that size, and is comfortable in pass pro as well as in the run game. Once he adds a little more weight and strength, he's going to be a real force. He had offers from top schools around the Midwest, including Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan and Illinois, where his brother plays, so it was a major grab for the Tigers to come North and bring him back to the Bayou.
Guys like Bosch and Pocic were known about as sophomores even, but it took McGovern a little bit longer to get on the radar. Once things took off though, they really took off as offers came in from most of the Big Ten and a few SEC schools. Once we saw him in person, it was easy to see why, as he matched what we had seen on film. A kid with a frame that would be easy to add weight to, along with the footwork and natural strength to excel at the position. He can play tackle, but looking at the Irish class, he may play guard too and is capable of either.
As big as the players ahead of him on this list are, no single commitment in this class may be as important as Bailey's. He's the face of this class for the Illini. A star since his freshman season, he has the speed, athleticism and arm strength to fit their system. He proved this year that he was a passer too, not just a runner.
Speaking of fitting the system, Alviti's intelligence, accuracy and mobility make him the ideal guy to run the Northwestern offense. He has three years of experience in a college style system, so he should be well prepared.
8 | Josh Augusta | DT | Peoria Central
Committed to Missouri
In a particulary strong year in Peoria, colleges found their way to Central for the athletic, long armed Augusta. He has great upside, and is growing into a tackle, where his quickness will be tough for Tiger opponents to contend with.
Tuley-Tillman racked up a huge offer list before committing to Michigan. He has the height, long arms and natural athleticism schools look for. He's gotten himself in better shape, and is an early enrollee, where the coaches will immediately appreciate his work ethic.
This is one of the more underappreciated guys in the state. He's a vicious hitter who plays the game with speed and reckless abandon. He's not huge, but definitely makes up for it with his other skills and he's just the type of guy who has been successful at Wisconsin.
11 | Danny Friend | TE | Morris
Committed to Indiana
As a tight end, Friend has good ball skills. When we saw him block and even play lineman at summer camps, he looked like a potential future NFL offensive lineman. At either position, expect him to help the Hoosiers win some games.
Speed is the name of the game with Mosely, who made plays at corner, receiver, and as a return man. That speed may get him on the field right away from Illinois too, as there is an immediate opportunity in Champaign.
13 | Jalen Banks | S | Harvey Thornton
Committed to Vanderbilt
Banks chose the Commodores over several Midwestern offers, and has a chance to be a big pickup for Vandy. He is a smart, instinctive football player with good ball skills. He has played corner before, but likely will project to safety.
A tough, strong, Midwestern lineman who also wrestles on his way to Iowa? You don't say? Goebel fits the mold for the Hawkeyes, and has all of the qualities to be a future starter, likely at Guard, in Iowa City.
Lancaster went from underdog to one of the top players at the NIKE Camp and The Opening. He may be a center or defensive tackle in college, but he proved he was up for the challenge against top competition.
Cooper is a pure pass rusher. He has the explosion, agility and technique to wreak havoc on quarterbacks. He still has weight to add, but his pass rush ability could get him early time as a situational guy.
17 | Bryce Douglas | DT | Plainfield Central
Committed to Illinois
Douglas slid under the radar a little bit, but earned a scholarship at Illini summer camp and, as a legacy prospect, took it. He's a strong, wide bodied guy who can take up blockers and is tough to move.
Quick, athletic lineman who has played some inside and some outside. May be able to add weight and be a five-tech. Still deciding between Iowa, Oklahoma State, Michigan State and others.
19 | Jack Keeler | OT | Barrington
Committed to Wisconsin
Keeler is a little different in that, he may go from guard to tackle in college. He played inside last year at Barrington, but at 6'7, maybe play outside in college. He bends well for a taller guy and has good technique and intelligence.
Jackson is likely headed the JUCO route, but is planning to end up in Champaign. He's a 320-lb kid with good strength and quickness off the ball.
21 | Jordan Watson | DE | Chicago Hales Franciscan
Committed to San Diego State
Watson fell under the radar some as a senior, but picked up late offers before committing to the Aztecs. 6'5 with length, he had 18 sacks as a senior and may prove to be a real steal for SDSU.
22 | Matt Harris | WR | Lyons Twp
Committed to Northwestern
Harris blew up over the summer, running well at camps and showing the ability to play both corner and receiver. With his pure speed, I think he will best fit as a slot receiver for the Wildcats.
23 | Troy Fumagalli | TE | Waubonsie Valley
Committed to Wisconsin (GS)
A good all around player with nice hands and receiving skills, Fumagalli is on a greyshirt at Wisconsin. The way the Badgers use their tight ends, don't rule out him being a weapon for them down the line.
24 | Derrick Willies | WR | Rock Island
Committed to Iowa
Iowa uncovered this sleeper with a 6'3, 190-lb frame and outstanding results in track. For a bigger guy, he can run with it after the catch and his size will make him a tough matchup as well.
It took a little longer, but Daniels finally picked up a BCS offer and took it. He's an athletic 6'5, 250-lber who's going to add weight and play inside. The Boilers have done well with DTs in Chicago (ie: Bruce Gaston and Kawann Short). Daniels is next.
Hermosillo is a perfect fit for the Illini offense. He would be for almost any offense though, because he can do so many things. He's elusive and is a great receiver out of the backfield. Generally under appreciated, we think he'll be a good one for U of I.
Moore is an athletic line prospect who picked up some late offers here. He still has to add weight and strength, but has good feet and quickness.
29 | Corey Davis | WR | Wheaton-Warrenville
Committed to Western Michigan
Got slept on, but similar to his brother Titus, we think he'll make teams pay for that. 6'3 with great ball skills, he can provide mismatches, and he may be the guy on this list that surprises people most down the line.
30 | Blake King | OG | Minooka
Committed to Northwestern
King is still growing at 6'5, 270-lbs. A high school tackle, he's likely to move inside to guard, but gives the Wildcats some versatility as he could play either spot.