The holiday season, from a high school football standpoint, means getting a chance to see several of the state's top Class of 2014 recruits play in various all-star games.
Here is a breakdown of some of the names and games to check out over the next few weeks.
Under Armour All American Game
Thursday January 2 at 3PMCST ESPN-TV
Tropicana Field St. Petersburg Florida
The 7th annual Under Armour All American game will feature Chicago DeLaSalle OT Jamarco Jones (6-foot-4, 300 pounds) who is verbally committed to Ohio State. Also Highland Ill. OL Tanner Farmer (6-foot-4, 301 pounds) is also representing Illinois here. Farmer is verbally committed to Nebraska.
What to watch? Can Jamarco Jones continue his progression on the field after missing most of his 2013 senior season due to an injury? Can Tanner Farmer continue to show well against some of the top recruits across the country?
US Army All American Bowl
Saturday January 4 at 12PMCST NBC-TV
Alamodome San Antonio Texas
The 13th Annual Army All-American Bowl features several of the top recruits from the State of Illinois. The Army game will include Chicago Marist TE Nic Weishar (Notre Dame), Plainfield South LB Clifton Garrett (LSU), Crete-Monee LB Nyles Morgan (undecided) along with Hinsdale Central OC Brian Allen (Michigan State) and Lincoln-Way East OC Nick Allegretti (Illinois).
What to watch? Crete-Monee LB Nyles Morgan will make his college choice known on the live broadcast. Morgan is making his decision between Vanderbilt and Notre Dame. In recent weeks it seems he may be a leaning toward the Fighting Irish.
Tuesday February 7 at 7:30PMCST TV-TBA
Maverick Stadium University of Texas-Arlington
This will mark the third-straight matchup between 19U Team USA versus Team Canada. The Team USA roster features St Rita RB Tommy Mister (uncommitted) along with Montini Catholic LB Nile Sykes (Notre Dame) and DL Dylan Thompson (Ohio State) plus Bolingbrook DB Parrker Westphal (Northwestern).
What to Watch? Will St. Rita RB Tommy Mister be committed to a different school by game time? Mister, who just decommitted from his earlier verbal commitment to Iowa State, has reopened his recruiting process after the Cyclones fired its offensive coordinator and running backs coach after the season and have yet to replace either coaching spot.