Prospects In Champaign: 5A-8A

Prospects In Champaign: 5A-8A

The Illinois High School football state championships are upon us, beginning Friday and FOXSports NEXT breaks down some of the prospects to watch in Champaign.

It's the final week of the football season in Illinois and there are plenty of top prospects that will compete for the state title during the holiday weekend.

FOXSports NEXT highlights exactly which prospects to watch for on Friday right here.

5A Lombard (Montini) (11-2) vs. Morris (12-1)

Montini is looking to take four state titles in a row Saturday morning. They advanced with a last second effort over Joliet Catholic, thanks to solid defensive play. Some of the top prospects on the defense are senior defensive end Freddy Beaugard who has recently received offers from Western Michigan, Eastern Illinois, North Dakota. Montini also looks to junior defensive lineman Dylan Thompson and senior offensive lineman Tate Briggs who just picked up offers from North Dakota and Coastal Carolina. Standing in their way, is Morris High who is led by Indiana commit and tight end/defensive end Danny Friend. Friend teams up with wide receiver Anthonee Monsoon and Central Michigan linebacker commit Jeffery Perry.

6A Cary (C.-Grove) (13-0) vs. Crete (C.-Monee) (13-0)

The 6A championship is a battle of unbeaten teams, looking to cap of their historic seasons with a state title. Cary Grove has bested nearly every one of its opponents on the way to the state title bout by a large margin, the exception being in the quarterfinals -- beating Crystal Lake 7-0. On the other hand, Lemont High gave Crete-Monee all they could handle in the semifinals, where the Warriors won 28-27, and didn't take the lead until late in the fourth quarter. Crete-Monee is loaded with top prospects, perhaps led by 2013 wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. Treadwell is the top uncommitted prospect in the midwest and lists Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Michigan State at the top of his lists. Crete-Monee also features junior linebacker Nyles Morgan, who recently picked up offers from Wisconsin and Ohio State. As well as senior wide receiver Lance Lenior who is hearing from several division one programs as well as senior defensive back Jaylen Dunlap. Should be a matchup to tune into Saturday at 1:00 PM.

7A Glen Ellyn (Glenbard West) (13-0) vs. Frankfort (Lincoln-Way East) (13-0)

Plenty of top prospects will be on display during the 7A state final game Saturday at 4:00 PM. Both teams are undefeated and coming into the state championship game and are playing with tons of momentum. Lincoln-Way East quickly got up on, and eventually bested Benet Academy 37-13 in the semifinal round. Their explosive offense, led by senior quarterback and Northern Illinois commit Tommy Fuessell, senior wide receiver Justin Corbett, and junior offensive lineman Nicky Allegretti has been nearly impossible to stop. Allegretti has offers from Illinois and Cincinatti and is drawing a lot of attention. Glenbard West's offense is equally as explosive, led by Vanderbilt tight end commit Nathan Marcus, 2013 offensive lineman Eric Shute, and junior running back Scottie Andrews. The Hitters signature win came during the quarterfinals, when they topped Wheaton North 3-0 in a defensive struggle. Glenbard West's defense has been playing very well during the playoffs -- and they are led by defensive lineman Ruben Dunbar (Missouri, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Illinois) and junior defensive back Hayden Carlson who just picked up an offer from Toledo.

8A Carol Stream (Glenbard North) (12-1) vs. Chicago (Mt. Carmel) (12-1)

The battle for the 8A crown is between heavyweight programs. Glenbard North, a four seed, path has been a tough one to get to the state title game. Beating one seeded Maine South 29-23 in the quarterfinals, then topping powerhouse Loyola Academy in the semifinals 27-24. They have looked to junior running back Justin Jackson all season for a spark on offense, and colleges have taken notice of the talented back. Jackson has offers from Indiana, Illinois, Boston College, Northwestern, Toledo and Purdue. Glenbard North is also led by Michigan 2013 wrestling commit and quarterback Brian Murphy. Mount Carmel has become one of the dynasty programs in the state, and continues to live up to the hype. Two players to keep an eye on are junior defensive lineman Enoch Smith Jr., and offensive lineman Nathan Oquendo. Recommended Stories

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