Over the next week or two you will be able to find a ton of top players to watch, top prospects and the like here and at various other sources.
Today, here are five Chicagoland area players to watch for during the upcoming 2013 season, who could make a major impact in 2013 and improve their overall recruiting stock with a strong senior season.
QB Drew David Kaneland (6-foot-0, 170 pounds)- In 2013, David will enter his third season on varsity starting as the Knights starting quarterback. David suffered a season ending arm injury which severely limited his throwing ability and in turn slowed down a very dangerous spread passing offense. David is back and healthy this season and the Knights have a real chance to be a state title contender in Class 5A with a healthy Drew David under center. David, who has been drawing various recruiting looks from the FCS level has a chance to put up some wild passing and rushing numbers this fall.
RB Michael Ivlow Joliet Catholic (5-foot-9, 190 pounds)- Ivlow, the son of Bolingbrook head coach John Ivlow was the Hilltoppers 5-foot-9, 217 pounds starting fullback in 2012. This past off season Ivlow transformed himself from a fullback to a speedy wing back, dropping almost 30 pounds while adding more speed. Ivlow is set to be the Hilltoppers main ball carrier in an offense that lives to run the football. Ivlow, who earlier this summer gave NAIA St. Francis in Joliet his early verbal commitment will no doubt keep the Fighting Saints fighting to keep Ivlow under wraps and away from several colleges this coming fall and winter.
QB Chris Covington Chicago Raby (6-foot-2, 215 pounds)- Covington will play quarterback again this season for Raiders and while Covington is a very solid quarterback, his future lies at the college level as an athlete type and most likely as a safety or linebacker. Covington has an early offer from Bowling Green, yet this is a Big Ten caliber prospect who passes every possible eyeball test instantly. Hopefully the Big Ten and others will take another look at Covington this fall. Covington is also the top Class of 2014 in the Chicago Public League.
RB James Butler Wheaton St. Francis (5-foot-9, 195 pounds)- Butler, who was a standout running back as a sophomore for Bartlett in 2011 transferred to St. Francis for his junior year and because of IHSA rules, had to sit out the entire 2012 season. Butler has been very active this off season on the camp/combine circuit and has reported offers from Temple, Colgate, Eastern Illinois, James Madison and Nevada. There's no question Butler has been slowed in his recruiting because of a lack of junior season tape and has the tools to play at a high D-1 level. If Butler has a big season expect more offers to follow.
QB Jack Donegan Marist (6-foot-1, 190 pounds)- Donegan didn't play as a junior for the Redhawks but will get his shot at running the high octane Redhawks offense in 2013. Donegan has looked great this spring and summer and will have every opportunity to put up big passing numbers in 2013. Also having Notre Dame verbal commit WR Nic Weishar (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) along with 5-foot-11, 178 pound junior WR Flynn Nagel (Illinois/Indiana offers) as target to throw to all season doesn't hurt.