Football: Class of 2013 may be one for the agesMaine South's Matt Alviti carries the ball for a touchdown during a varsity football game against Glenbrook South in Park Ridge on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 9, 2012 10:10AM
Illinois’ football recruiting class that all others are judged by was the 1986 group that produced 141 Division I scholarship players.
Next year’s seniors may not match that group, but they do bear watching, CBS College Sports analyst Tom Lemming says.
‘‘There’s a lot of guys getting offers already,” said Lemming, who saw many of the state’s top underclassmen at a national combine held in conjunction with the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Jan. 2 in Phoenix. “It looks like it’s going to be a special class.”
It starts with some exceptional skill players, including Joliet Catholic junior running back Ty Isaac, the reigning Sun-Times Player of the Year. That group also includes quarterbacks Aaron Bailey of Class 8A champ Bolingbrook and Matt Alviti, who helped Maine South win the 8A title in 2010, along with Marist sophomore receiver Nic Weishar. There also was a bumper crop of linemen, including juniors Ethan Pocic of Lemont and Brandon Stanfel of Libertyville.