Weekend Thoughts

Check out FOXSports/Scout.com thoughts on some of the top prospects that we saw in Illinois this week.

It was a big weekend in Illinois High School football, with the City of Champions classic at East St. Louis and plenty of other top games going on throughout the state.

Friday, FOXSports/Scout.com was at Jacksonville High as they took on Glenwood, in a battle of some of the top senior tight ends in the state. Northwestern offensive lineman commit Blake Hance took on Glenwood tight end Daniel Helm who is committed to Tennessee.

One of the most interesting match-ups I saw all weekend, was Hance playing tight end and Helm going man coverage on him playing a hybrid linebacker/defensive back. Hance had a couple big catches, but Helm was impressive in coverage. For the most part, he contained him and showed that he was one of the most athletic prospects on the field.

Junior Jacksonville offensive lineman Gabe Megginson also looked dominant and I didn't see him lose a match-up the entire night. Megginson has offers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Northern Illinois.

Saturday was a day full of preps football at the East St. Louis City of Champions classic.

Beginning the day was Edwardsville taking on Soldan, in an impressive display of athleticism by the Tigers, winning 49-6 on the day.

Edwardsville was led by senior defensive back/running back Craig James -- who was just as advertised, a solid 5-foot-11, 170 pounds and an impressively athletic prospect. He made plenty of things happen for the Tigers -- recording an interception.

Another prospect that had a good day was freshman defensive end AJ Epenesa, who fell on a fumble in the end zone to score.

The next game in the City of Champions classic was Loyola and O'Fallon. Although Loyola won the contest, there were some impressive performances by some of the Panthers top recruits.

One in particular that had a good showing, senior defensive end Dewayne Hendrix, who put a lot of pressure on Loyola's quarterback throughout the game.

Lastly, Montini came out swinging against the home team -- East St. Louis. After the Flyers scored the first touchdown, a pass to Missouri commit Greg Taylor (who absolutely had the best day of anyone on East St. Louis) the Broncos put up 34 unanswered points.

Ohio State defensive end commit Dylan Thompson looked dominant coming off the edge for Montini, racking up two sacks on the night and several more tackles for loss.

Junior wide receiver Leon Thornton picked up two scores and looked as smooth as ever running routes, and senior linebacker Nile Sykes had a game changing pick in the third quarter. ?Sykes really looked smooth and comfortable as a linebacker, and caused plenty of havoic in the backfield throughout the game.


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