Chicago area’s top 50 football players for the 2018 season

Phillips receiver Fabian McCray, an Illinois recruit, turns the corner in practice. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.
Phillips receiver Fabian McCray, an Illinois recruit, turns the corner in practice. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

The Chicago Sun-Times preps team is busy previewing the upcoming football season. A big part of that is the annual pre-season Super 25 rankings. In addition to analyzing the teams themselves, we’re ranking the top players at several key positions. Now we are sharing our list of the Top 50 players for the 2018 season.

Here’s a look at the overall top 50 football players in the Chicago area, regardless of position:

1. Trevor Keegan, Crystal Lake South, Sr., OL (6-6, 310)
2. Fabian McCray, Phillips, Sr., WR/DB (6-2, 180)
3. Tyler Nubin, St. Charles North, Sr., WR/DB (6-2, 185)
4. Jahleel Billingsley, Phillips, Sr., WR (6-5, 227)
5. AJ Henning, Lincoln-Way, East, Jr., RB (5-10, 180)
6. Peter Skoronski, Maine South, Jr., OL (6-4, 270)
7. Michael Jansey Jr., Batavia, St., LB, (6-2, 210)
8. Michael Love, Nazareth, Sr., WR/RB/DB (5-9, 170)
9. Nick Fedanzo, Montini, Sr., RB (6-1, 205)
10. Addison West, Cary-Grove, Sr., OL (6-3, 275)
11. Romel Goston, Raby, Sr., DB (6-1, 175)
12. Payton Thorne, Naperville Central, Sr., QB (6-2, 200)
13. Ty Gavin, Notre Dame, Sr., RB (5-11, 175)
14. Alante Brown, Simeon, Sr., QB (5-11, 170)
15. Sebastian Castro, Richards, Sr., QB/DB (6-1, 200)
16. Rory Boos, Loyola, Sr., WR (6-1, 175)

Loyola's Rory Boos (19) catches a pass for a touchdown. Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times.

Loyola’s Rory Boos (19) catches a pass for a touchdown. Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times.

17. Jadon Thompson, Marist, Jr., WR (6-2, 160)
18. Duke Olges, New Trier, Sr., LB (6-5, 260)
19. Khali Saunders, IC Prep, Sr., LB/WR (6-4, 220)
20. Messiah Travis, Solorio, Sr., ATH (5-10, 175)
21. Denver Warren, West Aurora, Jr., DL (6-3, 300)
22. Rylie Mills, Lake Forest, Jr., DL (6-5, 265)
22. Carson Ochsenhirt, New Trier, Sr., QB (5-10, 175)
23. Luke Skokna, Hinsdale Central, Sr., RB (5-9, 175)
24. Devin Blakley, Nazareth, Sr., RB (5-10, 180)
25. Anthony Williams Jr., Bolingbrook, Sr., RB (6-1, 220)
26. Cameron Mitchell, Bolingbrook, Sr., DB (5-10, 175)
27. Wynston Russell, Homewood-Flossmoor, Sr., DB (5-10, 160)
28. Dylan Barrett, St. Charles East, Jr., OL (6-5, 285)
29. Matt Judd, Lincoln-Way East, Sr., WR (6-2, 200)
30. Mike McNicholas, Montini, Sr., OL (6-4, 310)
31. Jeremiah Webb, Urban-Prep Bronzville, Sr., RB (5-10, 180)
32. Keenan Hailey, Joliet Catholic, Sr., RB (5-10, 180)
33. Kyle Davis, Mount Carmel, Sr., RB (6-1, 210)
34. Charles Coleman, Oswego, Sr., RB (6-2, 200)
35. Marshawn Foster, Raby, Sr., WR (6-4, 175)

Raby's Marshawn Foster in practice. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

Raby’s Marshawn Foster in practice. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

36. Jack Moses, Lake Zurich, Jr., WR (5-10, 175)
37. Nate Mahoney, Lincoln-Way West, Sr., OL (6-3, 260)
38. Maurion Scott, Homewood-Flossmoor, Sr., WR (6-5, 190)
39. Jackson Bruscianelli, Montini, Sr., LB (6-1, 220)
40. Armoni Dixon, Loyola, Sr, LB (6-3, 225)
41. Mike Markett, Marist, Sr., QB (6-0, 180)
42. Luke Weerts, Batavia, Sr., LB (6-2, 230)
43. Leshon Williams, Richards, Jr., RB (5-10, 195)
44. Austin Martineau, Grayslake North, Sr., QB (6-3, 185)
45. Kenyetta Williams, Joliet Catholic, Jr., RB (5-10, 180)

Loyola's Trevor Cabanban picks up yardage against New Trier. Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times.

Loyola’s Trevor Cabanban picks up yardage against New Trier. Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times.

46. Trevor Cabanban, Loyola, Jr., RB (5-9, 165)
47. Quadre Nicholson, Evanston, Jr., RB (6-0,185)
48. Gavin Mottl, St. Rita, Sr., PK (5-10, 170)
49. Maema Njongmeta, Stevenson, Sr., LB (6-1, 210)
50. Steven Hawthorne, De La Salle, Sr., DE (6-4, 220)

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2 comments

  • Slick Rick

    Keep a close watch on young Brandon Smith, the 5’11” 195 lb Jr. running back at Proviso West. Ranked the number 1 back in pop warner after a national title 2 years ago, he finally has hit his stride. You will see few high school backs with his combination of power and speed. He could be in this top 50 group.

  • Jon Cowett

    Not very impressed with Beth’s knowledge.If a guy goes to a Big Ten school,then he’s rated higher.What a joke this list is.

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