In this week's edition of All-State Stock Watch (aka the first edition of All-State Stock Watch), we're looking at All-State football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the summer. A player could have performed well at a camp, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, or broken a leg. Whatever the case, I chart all the data (in my head) and give you the biggest movers of the week.
UP — Robert Gregory, Simeon QB
When you throw 28 touchdown passes and just three interceptions as a junior, then all reports over the summer say you're improving as a passer, your stock rises in my book. Gregory is a dual threat (more than 900 rushing yards, 16 TDs last year), but it's his big-play ability from inside the pocket that could vault Simeon to a state title this fall. Gregory, a 6-foot-4, 190-pounder, has scholarship offers from Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Arkansas.
DOWN — Tommy Schutt, Glenbard West DL
This may be a bit of a stretch, as Schutt made the ESPNHS All-State first team and seems poised for another great season. But he didn't have the best summer, as two of his top college choices pulled the rug out from under him at the last minute. Earlier this month, Schutt was minutes away from committing to Notre Dame when the Irish pulled their offer after receiving a commitment from another defensive lineman. And Michigan was also in the running, but the Wolverines also pulled their offer on the same day. Schutt still ended up going with one of his top choices, as he committed to Penn State. But that kind of stress can't be good for the body, hence the speculative "DOWN" grade.
UP — Jason Robertson, Lincoln-Way East
Robertson didn't put up spectacular numbers last year (23 catches, 615 receiving yards, nine touchdowns), but that could change in a hurry. The 5-foot-11 speedster will be catching passes from senior QB Blake Winkler for the second straight year, and that chemistry should lead to a lot of big plays. During the offseason, Robertson impressed at the Nike SPARQ Combine in Chicago and committed to Illinois.
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