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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Five Days of List-Mas: IL's underclass football players

By By Mike Grimala

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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had a great run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in Illinois next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.

5. LaQuon Treadwell (JR), Crete-Monee, WR
Credentials: Big, physical playmaker caught 75 passes for 1,391 yards and 18 touchdowns this year

4. Ethan Pocic (JR), Lemont, OL
Credentials: At 6-foot-7, 285 pounds, Pocic is dominant in the running game and pass protection

3. Matt Alviti (JR), Maine South, QB
Credentials: Passed for 2,210 yards and 29 touchdowns and also ran for 12 scores

2. Aaron Bailey (JR), Bolingbrook, QB
Credentials: Led Bolingbrook to a state championship, running for

1. Ty Isaac (JR), Joliet Catholic, RB
Credentials: Ran for 2,629 yards and 48 touchdowns on the year, including a title game-record 515 yards in the Class 5A championship contest

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The POWERADE Illinois Weekly Basketball Rankings.

Did I miss someone who should be on the list? Hit me on Twitter (@ESPNHSGrimala) and let me know about it.