Updated Illinois 2015 Rankings

Scout's preseason prospect rankings for the state of Illinois.

1. Terry Beckner, DE, East St. Louis
Was one of the very best at The Opening. Now 290-pounds and could move inside and be a force at that size. If he's that dominant on a consistent basis as a senior, he could easily move up the national ladder.

2. Gabe Megginson, OT, Jacksonville
Athletic tackle is light on his feet and moves easily around the field. Still has to get stronger, but has good upside and was a monster get for Tim Beckman and Illinois.

3. Miles Boykin, WR, Providence Catholic
Big bodied receiver really seemed to turn it up this offseason and play with more confidence along with using his size better. Committed to Notre Dame where the Irish have had good luck with big receivers.

4. Natereace Strong, RB, East St. Louis
Already built like a college running back, Strong has top notch talent, but the Missouri commit must prove he can stay healthy.

5. Dre Brown, RB, Dekalb
Highly productive all purpose back who kicked it up a notch as a junior and has gotten bigger, stronger and faster. He will enroll early at Illinois.

6. Flynn Nagel, WR, Lemont
Great route-runner with quickness and hands who has transferred to Lemont for his senior season. He committed to Duke over the summer.

7. Leon Thornton, WR, Lombard Montini
Talent is not a question. Has quick feet and the athletic tools to create separation and can always make plays after the catch, which makes him a good fit at Indiana.

8. Jack Hockaday, LB, Maroa-Forsyth
High school quarterback and safety may not be a big kid physically, but very smart, competitive and makes a ton of plays. Should have a good career at Iowa.

9. Micah Dew-Treadway, DE, Bolingbrook
Impressed at the NFTC with his athleticism. Is likely to slide inside at Notre Dame and could be a force there as he continues to add weight and strength.

10. David Edwards, TE, Downers Grove North
Wisconsin commit is a massive high school quarterback who will have to transition to a new position. Could even grow into an offensive lineman based on his big frame.

11. Trevor Ruhland, OG, Cary-Grove
Notre Dame commit is a throwback, a rugged mauler who plays with good leverage and technique.

12. Titus Booker, CB, Grayslake North
He's one that could continue to move up the list. The Indiana commit has length and speed.

13. Raequan Williams, DE, Chicago DePaul
Big kid with athleticism. Has just barely scractched the surface of what he could be too.

14. Spencer Tears, WR, Oak Lawn Richards
Good athlete who makes plays after the catch. Still must get stronger.

15. Cameron Green, WR, Lincolnshire Stevenson
Big, physical target who has very reliable hands. Committed to Northwestern.

16. Tommy Vitale, LB, Wheaton Warrenville South
Has gotten a lot bigger over this offseason and should take his game up to another level this season. Committed to Northwestern.

17. Quinn Oseland, OT, Sacred Heart Griffin
Massive tackle prospect is a good fit at Minnesota. Strong, works hard, and has upside.

18. Billy Bahl, QB, Marian Central Catholic
Good sized kid with a good arm who we think was a steal for Miami (Ohio).

19. Jack Beneventi, QB, Oak Park Fenwick
Iowa commit is tall and had two good years at Benet before transferring this year. Must keep filling out and getting stronger.

20. Jamal Milan, DT, Chicago Raby
Impressive athlete for being 255 pounds and could be a disruptive force in college.

21. Jimmy Fitzgerald, QB, Champaign Centennial
An Illinois commit who we felt improved greatly through his junior year and into this offseason. Mobile kid who can throw on the move.

22. Antonio Shenault, CB, Lake Park
Fleet-footed cover man who makes up for lack of big size with quickness and recovery speed. Uncommitted currently.

23. Bobby McMillen, LB, Naperville Central
Iowa State commit is a tough throwback who plays with passion and has a nose for the ball.

24. Wes Annan, DT, Lake Forest Academy
Big 6-foot-5, 300-pound kid who could make a big move upward this year. Had a big offseason adding offers.

25. Patrick Nelson, S, Chicago Hales Franciscan
Illinois commit is a good sized kid who can play strong safety or play in the box at times.

THREE-YEAR REWIND
2013
1 Laquon Treadwell Ole Miss SEC Freshman of the Year and on his way to being a top pro prospect.
2 Ty Isaac USC Flashed ability at USC before transferring to Michigan.
3 Kyle Bosch Michigan Started a couple games for the Wolverines and is in the mix for the job this year.
4 Ethan Pocic LSU Drew strong reviews last season and is pushing for a job in camp this year.
5 Colin McGovern Notre Dame Currently on the Irish's second team but making some noise during camp.
 
2012
1 Jordan Diamond Auburn Has struggled with injuries but is now healthy and looking to compete.
2 Tommy Schutt Ohio State Injuries slowed him as a sophomore but has been in the rotation his first two seasons.
3 Dan Voltz Wisconsin Started six games for the Badgers last yar and will be the man this year.
4 Faith Ekakitie Iowa Only saw action in three games last season as a RS-Frosh.
5 Jordan Westerkamp Nebraska Caught 20 passes as a RS-Frosh last year and is working with the 1's this year.
 
2011
1 Jordan Walsh Iowa Started every game for the Hawkeyes in 2013.
2 Rodney Coe Iowa Went JUCO, then to Iowa State where he became a starter but was dismissed from the team.
3 Evan Spencer Ohio State Started 12 games as a junior an caught 22 passes and 3 TDs.
4 DaVaris Daniels Notre Dame Caught passes for 745 yards and 7 TDs as a soph. Served academic suspension as junior and is now back with team.
5 Brian Bobek Ohio State Transferred to Minnesota and dealt with a serious viral infection but is in the mix this year.


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