Highest-rated Class of 2021 football recruits from Illinois

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August 22, 2021
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Highest-rated Class of 2021 football recruits from Illinois

With National Signing Day behind us and the 2021 college football season fast-approaching, Stacker compiled a list of the highest rated Class of 2021 football recruits from Illinois using 247Sports.

There are a number of players primed to make big impacts right away, including as starters as soon as they arrive. The highest-rated players run the gamut from offense to special teams. Without a doubt, several of the players listed here are sure to be household names by the holidays. Keep reading to discover the highest-rated football recruits from your home state.

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#50: Jackson Wiegold (ILB)

- College: Ball State
- High school: Vernon Hills (Vernon Hills, IL)
- National ranking: #1,888 (3 stars, 0.822 rating)
- Position ranking: #88 (ILB)
- Offers: Ball State, Concordia University, Minnesota State Mankato, Northern Michigan, Western Illinois
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#49: Alec Palella (TE)

- College: Central Michigan
- High school: Bartlett (Bartlett, IL)
- National ranking: #1,887 (3 stars, 0.822 rating)
- Position ranking: #97 (TE)
- Offers: Central Michigan, Ball State, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Missouri State
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#48: Wes Hoeh (OG)

- College: Syracuse
- High school: Glenbard West (Glen Ellyn, IL)
- National ranking: #1,849 (3 stars, 0.8234 rating)
- Position ranking: #92 (OG)
- Offers: Syracuse, Air Force, Appalachian State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan
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#47: Drayton Charlton-Perrin (TE)

- College: Ball State
- High school: Glenbrook North (Northbrook, IL)
- National ranking: #1,786 (3 stars, 0.8261 rating)
- Position ranking: #94 (TE)
- Offers: Ball State, Buffalo, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Fordham
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#46: Willie Jones (S)

- College: Bowling Green
- High school: Phillips Academy (Chicago, IL)
- National ranking: #1,785 (3 stars, 0.8261 rating)
- Position ranking: #152 (S)
- Offers: Bowling Green, Toledo, Ball State, Central Michigan, Kent State
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#45: Zachary Barlev (OG)

- College: Illinois
- High school: Plainfield East (Plainfield, IL)
- National ranking: #1,784 (3 stars, 0.8261 rating)
- Position ranking: #85 (OG)
- Offers: Illinois, Bowling Green, Columbia, Eastern Illinois, Fordham
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#44: Zach Myers (SDE)

- College: Air Force
- High school: Evanston Township (Evanston, IL)
- National ranking: #1,770 (3 stars, 0.8265 rating)
- Position ranking: #104 (SDE)
- Offers: Air Force, Army, Ball State, Columbia, Louisville
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#43: George Gumbs (WR)

- College: Northern Illinois
- High school: Simeon (Chicago, IL)
- National ranking: #1,719 (3 stars, 0.8281 rating)
- Position ranking: #233 (WR)
- Offers: Northern Illinois, Bowling Green, Western Michigan
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#42: Ethan Hampton (PRO)

- College: Northern Illinois
- High school: Aurora Christian Schools (Aurora, IL)
- National ranking: #1,718 (3 stars, 0.8281 rating)
- Position ranking: #61 (PRO)
- Offers: Northern Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan
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#41: Tajheem Lawson (RB)

- College: Northern Illinois
- High school: Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights, IL)
- National ranking: #1,675 (3 stars, 0.8297 rating)
- Position ranking: #101 (RB)
- Offers: Northern Illinois, Ball State, Bowling Green, Miami (OH), Temple
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#40: Jaali Parker (S)

- College: Western Michigan
- High school: Mount Carmel (Chicago, IL)
- National ranking: #1,624 (3 stars, 0.8315 rating)
- Position ranking: #139 (S)
- Offers: Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Eastern Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana State
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#39: Corey Walker (TE)

- College: Western Michigan
- High school: Normal Community (Normal, IL)
- National ranking: #1,618 (3 stars, 0.8315 rating)
- Position ranking: #83 (TE)
- Offers: Western Michigan, Illinois State
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#38: Daine Hanson (SDE)

- College: not committed
- High school: Nazareth Academy (La Grange Park, IL)
- National ranking: #1,612 (3 stars, 0.8315 rating)
- Position ranking: #96 (SDE)
- Offers: Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Indiana, Iowa
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#37: Jaden McGill (ATH)

- College: not committed
- High school: Oak Park and River Forest (Oak Park, IL)
- National ranking: #1,603 (3 stars, 0.8315 rating)
- Position ranking: #127 (ATH)
- Offers: Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan
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#36: Malik Rainey (CB)

- College: Cincinnati
- High school: Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, IL)
- National ranking: #1,592 (3 stars, 0.8322 rating)
- Position ranking: #143 (CB)
- Offers: not available
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#35: Henry Wilson (ATH)

- College: Western Michigan
- High school: St. Rita (Chicago, IL)
- National ranking: #1,565 (3 stars, 0.8335 rating)
- Position ranking: #123 (ATH)
- Offers: Western Michigan, Air Force, Army, Boston College, Eastern Illinois
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#34: Justin Lynch (DUAL)

- College: Temple
- High school: Mount Carmel (Chicago, IL)
- National ranking: #1,514 (3 stars, 0.8356 rating)
- Position ranking: #45 (DUAL)
- Offers: Temple, Bowling Green, Brown, Central Michigan, Kent State
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#33: Matthew Weerts (ILB)

- College: Arizona
- High school: Batavia (Batavia, IL)
- National ranking: #1,513 (3 stars, 0.8356 rating)
- Position ranking: #68 (ILB)
- Offers: Arizona, Air Force, Army, Ball State, Boise State
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#32: Malachi McNeal (ILB)

- College: North Dakota
- High school: Warren Township (Gurnee, IL)
- National ranking: #1,453 (3 stars, 0.8376 rating)
- Position ranking: #66 (ILB)
- Offers: North Dakota, Kent State, Southeast Missouri State, Southern Illinois
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#31: Dante Reynolds (WR)

- College: Boston College
- High school: Kenwood Academy (Chicago, IL)
- National ranking: #1,417 (3 stars, 0.8384 rating)
- Position ranking: #192 (WR)
- Offers: not available
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#30: Will Pauling (WR)

- College: Cincinnati
- High school: Homewood-Flossmoor (Flossmoor, IL)
- National ranking: #1,161 (3 stars, 0.8477 rating)
- Position ranking: #164 (WR)
- Offers: not available
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#29: Lewis Bond (APB)

- College: Boston College
- High school: Kenwood Academy (Chicago, IL)
- National ranking: #1,152 (3 stars, 0.8477 rating)
- Position ranking: #13 (APB)
- Offers: not available
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#28: Otto Hess (OT)

- College: Boston College
- High school: Oswego (Oswego, IL)
- National ranking: #1,119 (3 stars, 0.8485 rating)
- Position ranking: #96 (OT)
- Offers: Boston College, Arizona, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Cincinnati
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#27: Carter Evans (TE)

- College: Eastern Michigan
- High school: Prairie Ridge (Crystal Lake, IL)
- National ranking: #1,063 (3 stars, 0.8518 rating)
- Position ranking: #56 (TE)
- Offers: Eastern Michigan, Akron, Army, Ball State, Bowling Green
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#26: Josh Kreutz (OC)

- College: Illinois
- High school: Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL)
- National ranking: #1,042 (3 stars, 0.8519 rating)
- Position ranking: #14 (OC)
- Offers: Illinois, Ball State, Central Michigan, Memphis, Northern Illinois
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#25: Jackson Carsello (OT)

- College: Northwestern
- High school: Glenbrook North (Northbrook, IL)
- National ranking: #1,035 (3 stars, 0.8519 rating)
- Position ranking: #92 (OT)
- Offers: Northwestern, Arkansas State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Bucknell
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#24: Dino Kaliakmanis (WR)

- College: Minnesota
- High school: Antioch Community (Antioch, IL)
- National ranking: #931 (3 stars, 0.8558 rating)
- Position ranking: #135 (WR)
- Offers: Minnesota, Florida Atlantic, Kansas, Northern Illinois, Toledo
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#23: Willie Shaw (RB)

- College: Toledo
- High school: Brother Rice (Oak Lawn, IL)
- National ranking: #853 (3 stars, 0.8592 rating)
- Position ranking: #47 (RB)
- Offers: Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa
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#22: Trenten Howland (ATH)

- College: Indiana
- High school: Joliet West (Joliet, IL)
- National ranking: #809 (3 stars, 0.8607 rating)
- Position ranking: #56 (ATH)
- Offers: Indiana, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, Minnesota
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#21: Victor Mullen (TE)

- College: Louisville
- High school: Marquette (Ottawa, IL)
- National ranking: #797 (3 stars, 0.8613 rating)
- Position ranking: #40 (TE)
- Offers: Louisville, Appalachian State, Central Michigan, Iowa State, Syracuse
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#20: Jeremiah Pittman (DT)

- College: Iowa
- High school: St. Viator (Arlington Heights, IL)
- National ranking: #675 (3 stars, 0.8668 rating)
- Position ranking: #43 (DT)
- Offers: Iowa, Boston College, Bowling Green, Illinois, Iowa State
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#19: Jameson Geers (TE)

- College: Minnesota
- High school: Providence Catholic (New Lenox, IL)
- National ranking: #635 (3 stars, 0.8688 rating)
- Position ranking: #32 (TE)
- Offers: Minnesota, Ball State, Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois
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#18: Ryan Keeler (SDE)

- College: Rutgers
- High school: Nazareth Academy (Chicago, IL)
- National ranking: #634 (3 stars, 0.8688 rating)
- Position ranking: #39 (SDE)
- Offers: not available
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#17: Pat Coogan (OG)

- College: Notre Dame
- High school: Marist (Chicago, IL)
- National ranking: #608 (3 stars, 0.8701 rating)
- Position ranking: #33 (OG)
- Offers: Notre Dame, Arizona, Boston College, California, Cincinnati
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#16: Justin Walters (S)

- College: Notre Dame
- High school: Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, IL)
- National ranking: #568 (3 stars, 0.8721 rating)
- Position ranking: #45 (S)
- Offers: not available
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#15: Gennings Dunker (OG)

- College: Iowa
- High school: Lena-Winslow (Lena, IL)
- National ranking: #538 (3 stars, 0.8743 rating)
- Position ranking: #30 (OG)
- Offers: Iowa
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#14: Enrique Cruz (OT)

- College: Syracuse
- High school: Willowbrook (Villa Park, IL)
- National ranking: #522 (3 stars, 0.8757 rating)
- Position ranking: #45 (OT)
- Offers: Syracuse, Arizona, Arizona State, Illinois State, Indiana
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#13: Cameron James (OT)

- College: Minnesota
- High school: Simeon (Chicago, IL)
- National ranking: #505 (3 stars, 0.8768 rating)
- Position ranking: #43 (OT)
- Offers: Minnesota, Arizona, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Cincinnati
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#12: Tyler McLaurin (OLB)

- College: Michigan
- High school: Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, IL)
- National ranking: #500 (3 stars, 0.8776 rating)
- Position ranking: #30 (OLB)
- Offers: Michigan, Boston College, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois
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#11: Keontez Lewis (WR)

- College: UCLA
- High school: East St. Louis (East Saint Louis, IL)
- National ranking: #476 (3 stars, 0.8788 rating)
- Position ranking: #74 (WR)
- Offers: not available
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#10: Bryan Sanborn (ILB)

- College: Wisconsin
- High school: Lake Zurich (Lake Zurich, IL)
- National ranking: #472 (3 stars, 0.8789 rating)
- Position ranking: #23 (ILB)
- Offers: Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Eastern Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State
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#9: Justin Johnson (RB)

- College: West Virginia
- High school: Edwardsville (Edwardsville, IL)
- National ranking: #450 (3 stars, 0.8816 rating)
- Position ranking: #23 (RB)
- Offers: West Virginia, Bowling Green, California, Central Michigan, Illinois
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#8: Tyler Macon (DUAL)

- College: Missouri
- High school: East St. Louis (East Saint Louis, IL)
- National ranking: #387 (3 stars, 0.8875 rating)
- Position ranking: #15 (DUAL)
- Offers: Missouri, Central Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa
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#7: Benjamin Perry (S)

- College: Louisville
- High school: Mount Carmel (Chicago, IL)
- National ranking: #359 (4 stars, 0.8906 rating)
- Position ranking: #26 (S)
- Offers: not available
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#6: Sam Jackson (DUAL)

- College: TCU
- High school: Naperville Central (Naperville, IL)
- National ranking: #346 (4 stars, 0.8929 rating)
- Position ranking: #13 (DUAL)
- Offers: not available
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#5: Mar'Keise Irving (RB)

- College: Minnesota
- High school: Hillcrest (Country Club Hills, IL)
- National ranking: #342 (4 stars, 0.8933 rating)
- Position ranking: #17 (RB)
- Offers: Minnesota, Boston College, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Duke
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#4: Dominic Lovett (WR)

- College: Missouri
- High school: East St. Louis (Belleville, IL)
- National ranking: #335 (4 stars, 0.8947 rating)
- Position ranking: #54 (WR)
- Offers: Missouri, Arizona State, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn
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#3: Mac Uihlein (ILB)

- College: Northwestern
- High school: Lake Forest (Lake Forest, IL)
- National ranking: #330 (4 stars, 0.8952 rating)
- Position ranking: #17 (ILB)
- Offers: Northwestern, Iowa, Louisville, Minnesota, Nebraska
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#2: Athan Kaliakmanis (DUAL)

- College: Minnesota
- High school: Antioch Community (Antioch, IL)
- National ranking: #316 (4 stars, 0.8964 rating)
- Position ranking: #12 (DUAL)
- Offers: Minnesota, Boston College, Central Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Iowa
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#1: David Davidkov (OT)

- College: Iowa
- High school: New Trier (Winnetka, IL)
- National ranking: #149 (4 stars, 0.935 rating)
- Position ranking: #17 (OT)
- Offers: not available
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