Greater Chicago All-Area Football

Updated: August 25, 2008, 5:37 PM ET
ESPNRISE.com

Here's a preseason look at the players to watch in the greater Chicago area:

OFFENSE
[POSITION] NAME SCHOOL HT/WT YEAR
[QB] Jon Budmayr Marian Central 6-0/200 Senior
[QB] Darren Jones Thornton 6-3/195 Senior
QB] Evan Watkins Glenbard North 6-6/230 Senior
[RB] Dominique Bell Morgan Park 6-1/190 Senior
[RB] Mike Trumpy Wheaton North 6-0/200 Senior
[WR] Jamal Gray Thornton 6-3/190 Senior
[TE] Jack Baucus Carmel Catholic 6-6/233 Senior
[OL] Leon Hill Leo Catholic 6-4/320 Senior
[OL] Mike Schofield Sandburg 6-7/275 Senior
[OL] Patrick Ward Providence Catholic 6-7/285 Senior
[OL] Chris Watt Glenbard West 6-3/280 Senior

DEFENSE
POSITION/NAME SCHOOL HT/WT YEAR
[DL] Mike Buchanan Homewood-Flossmoor 6-6/225 Senior
[DL] Lendell Buckner Leo Catholic 6-3/340 Senior
[DL] Craig Drummond Morgan Park 6-5/265 Senior
[DL] Anthony Wells North Chicago 6-2/229 Senior
[LB] Dimitrius Carr Mount Carmel 6-1/200 Senior
[LB] Jake Juriga St. Charles North 6-3/205 Senior
[LB] Darius Moffett Hubbard 6-3/225 Senior
[LB] Alex Smith Barrington 6-3/225 Senior
[DB] Corey Cooper Proviso East 6-2/195 Junior
[DB] Alex McNulty Bolingbrook 5-10/175 Senior
[DB] Nick Ratajczak Joliet Catholic 5-9/165 Senior

OTHER TOP PLAYERS
NAME SCHOOL POSITION YEAR
Mike Adams Aurora Central QB Sr.
Jacob Arnold Plainfield RB Sr.
Austin Baker Driscoll WR Sr.
Anthony Blackburn Proviso East DL Sr.
John Brewer Lake Zurich DE Sr.
Sean Cascarano Glenbrook South OL Sr.
Scott Covert Lake Forest DL Sr.
Pat Dansdill W.W. South LB Sr.
Greg Fuller Thornton RB Sr.
Charlie Goro Maine South QB Sr.
Gus Handler Barrington OL Sr.
Marty Hopkins St. Rita LBR Sr.
Tyler Hudetz Joliet Catholic RB Sr.
Jordan Lynch Mount Carmel QB Sr.
Josh Mander Joliet Catholic LB Sr.
Sam Ojuri Barrington RB Sr.
Cody O'Neill Marian Central OL Sr.
Shaun Pratl Richards TE Sr.
Jordan Roberts Aurora Christian QB Sr.
Darwin Rogers Leo Catholic QB Sr.
Matt Rossi Palatine QB Sr.
Corby Ryan Maine South LB Sr.
Triviyon Seay Hubbard WR Sr.
Rahil Shermohamed W.W. South DL Sr.
Jake Stockman Joliet Catholic LB Jr.
Kyle Zelinsky Bartlett LB Sr.
Mark Zielinski New Trier OL Sr.
Dan Zotto Andrew DL Sr.

PRIME-TIME PLAYERS

EVAN WATKINS
The Northwestern-bound Watkins led the Panthers to the 4A title game last year by throwing for 1,820 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also ran for 305 yards and nine TDs.

MIKE TRUMPY
Another Northwestern commit, Trumpy is a classic north-south runner who gets to the next level quickly. As a junior last year, he ran for 1,664 yards and 19 touchdowns.

ANTHONY WELLS
Wells has the speed and quickness to explode around tackles and collapse the pocket. As a junior, he collected eight sacks. Expect him to reach double digits this season.

COREY COOPER
With prototypical size and legitimate 4.4 speed, Cooper is a true shutdown corner. He also plays receiver and caught four touchdowns last year. Cooper has verballed to Illinois.

COACH'S TAKE

AN AREA COACH ON JON BUDMAYR:
"He's the kind of kid that can beat you in the last minutes of the game because he can move the team with his arm. He's a pure passer. I think getting pressure is the only way to defend him. If you give him time, he'll pick you apart."