High-SchoolIllinois: Stock Watch

Stock is rising for Rhode, Getzelman

October, 5, 2011
10/05/11
4:39
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In this week's edition of Stock Watch, we're looking at Illinois football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have had a huge game, 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.

STOCK WATCH

UP — John Rhode, Montini QB
When Rhode transferred from Marian Catholic to Montini this summer, he no doubt expect to be tossing countless TDs to WR Jordan Westerkamp. But an injured thumb kept the senior QB on the sideline through the first five weeks of the season. He returned this past weekend, starting the second half against St. Francis and throwing for 134 yards and three touchdowns (two to Westerkamp) in a 33-14 win. Expect Rhode to be the starter going forward.

DOWN — Aaron Bailey, Bolingbrook QB
This is cheating, because Bailey can’t really be in the DOWN category after rushing for 222 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s 20-14 loss to Lincoln-Way East. This is more a knock on his timing — both TDs came in the first quarter, and the Bolingbrook offense was unable to scratch out any more points as LWE came all the way back from a 14-point deficit to earn the win. Bailey, a junior, will be fine going forward, but the loss is still tough to swallow.

UP — Jordan Getzelman, Prairie Ridge RB
Prairie Ridge has done nothing but climb the rankings with dominant performances week after week. On Friday, it was a 41-16 thrashing of Crystal Lake South, and Getzelman was right in the middle of it. The junior ran for more than 100 yards and punched in two touchdowns, and he also made a big special teams play by returning a punt 45 yards for a TD. Just like his team’s stock, Getzelman is pointed UP.

Stock is rising for Isaac, Gray

September, 20, 2011
9/20/11
1:30
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In this week's edition of All-State Stock Watch, we're looking at Illinois football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have had a huge game, 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.

STOCK WATCH

UP — Ty Isaac, Joliet Catholic RB
There is no shortage of offensive weapons on the Joliet Catholic roster, but Isaac may be the most explosive. The junior can score from anywhere on the field, as he proved in Week 1 by catching a 75-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds remaining to beat Carmel. On Friday, he scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one punt return) to lead JCA past St. Viator, 63-3. Isaac already has offers from several top college programs, so his stock is waaaaay UP.

DOWN — Thaddeus Armstrong, Wheaton South QB
It’s been a disappointing season for Wheaton South, and instability at the quarterback position has played a bit part in the team’s 1-3 start. In a tight, 17-14 loss to Naperville North on Friday, Armstrong passed for 192 yards and a touchdown, but he also tossed two costly interceptions. If the Tigers are going to turn things around this year, it has to start at QB. For now, it’s a DOWN grade.

UP — Jon Gray, Batavia DB
Batavia has been one of the pleasant surprises of the 2011 season so far, surging out to a 4-0 record. Gray helped preserve the perfect record by intercepting three passes in a win over Bartlett on Friday, running his total to five picks on the season. If Gray keeps making plays like that, there’s no telling how long Batavia can keep the good vibes going. For that, Gray gets an UP grade this week.

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Stock is rising for Gregory, Winkler

September, 14, 2011
9/14/11
3:12
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In this week's edition of All-State Stock Watch, we're looking at All-State football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have had a huge game, 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.

STOCK WATCH

UP — Robert Gregory, Simeon QB
This past weekend, Gregory carried the ball twice and attempted two passes. Doesn't sound like much, but after missing the previous game with an injury, it was extremely positive to see Gregory back in action. The Arkansas-bound senior was eased back into the lineup against Morgan Park, but he still made a big impact. His two carries both went for touchdowns (63 yards total), and he looked comfortable moving at full speed. As Gregory gets back up to speed, he should return to being one of the state's most dangerous offensive threats. His stock is pointing UP.

DOWN —Mitch Stefani, Waubonsie Valley QB
Stefani was in the process of being integrated into the role of starting quarterback this season, and it was going seamlessly through the first two games. Waubonsie Valley was 2-0, and Stefani's play was a big reason for that. But a broken collarbone suffered in a Week 3 loss to Bartlett has Stefani looking at four-to-six weeks of inactivity. For someone with little starting experience, missing half the season with injury is a big blow and could prove too difficult to recover from. Stefani's not to blame for this DOWN grade, but the injury couldn't have come at a worse time.

UP — Blake Winkler, Lincoln-Way East QB
With a full complement of receiving options, Winkler is really hitting his stride as the Griffins' field general. Against Lockport on Friday, he completed 18 of 25 passes for 269 yards, leading Lincoln-Way East to an easy 38-7 victory. He did throw one interception, which was returned for a 103-yard pick-six, but his three TD passes more than outweighed the one mistake. Winkler appears to be getting more comfortable as the season goes on, which is what you want to see before giving out an UP grade.

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Stock is rising for Greer, Weaver

September, 7, 2011
9/07/11
3:35
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In this week's 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 had a huge game, 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.

STOCK WATCH

UP — Brandon Greer, Mount Carmel DB/RB
Greer has easily been one of the most valuable players through the early part of the season. He plays tremendous defense in the secondary, and he's proven to be a sparkplug for a Mount Carmel team that came into the season searching for offense. If he can hold up while pulling double duty all season, Mount Carmel should be a tough out in the postseason.

DOWN —Mike Shield, Lake Zurich RB
I was high on Shield after an impressive performance in Week 1, but there were few positives in Week 2. The entire Lake Zurich offense looked out of sorts in a 10-7 upset loss to Cary-Grove, and the running game was particularly ineffective. Shield only managed to scratch out 12 yards in the loss. The senior should bounce back this weekend, but for now it has to be a DOWN grade.

UP — Malcolm Weaver, Loyola Academy QB
So this may be cheating a bit, since Weaver didn't make the preseason All-State team. But maybe he should have — the senior has made a pretty convincing case through the first two weeks of the season, including last weekend's 41-24 victory over Montini. Weaver passed for 257 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 98 yards and another score. For someone that was somewhat overlooked at the beginning of the season, Weaver has seen his stock go way up.

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Stock rising for Schutt, Greer

August, 31, 2011
8/31/11
3:24
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In this week's edition of All-State Stock Watch, we're looking at All-State football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have performed well in a game, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, or broken his leg. Whatever the case, I chart all the data (in my head) and give you the biggest movers of the week.

STOCK WATCH

UP — Tommy Schutt, Glenbard West DL
Some moron gave Schutt a DOWN grade last week, but the senior responded with one of the most impressive performances of Week 1. He was an absolute beast in a nationally-televised game against Wheaton South, leading Glenbard West to a 21-7 victory. It snapped Wheaton South's 26-game winning streak and made the statement that Hilltoppers (and Schutt especially) are among the best in Illinois. That deserves either an UP grade or an apology ... let's give Schutt an UP.

DOWN — Lamontiez Ivy, East St. Louis QB
Ivy is still one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the state, but it's hard to argue that Week 1 went well for the senior signal caller. He led his East St. Louis team into Georgia to take on North Gwinnett on Saturday, and the Flyers came out on the wrong end of a 41-0 rout. For a team that is expected to have an explosive offense, Ivy couldn't get anything going (11 of 27, 99 yards).

UP — Brandon Greer, Mount Carmel DB/RB
In last year's season opener, the Mount Carmel defense was gashed in a 47-41 loss to Simeon. This time around, Greer led a defensive turnaround that helped Mount Carmel win the rematch, 23-14. Greer, a safety, was instrumental in holding Arkansas-bound Simeon QB Robert Gregory in check (155 passing yards, 2 TDs). Greer also contributed 124 rushing yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

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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.

STOCK WATCH

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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