Twenty-four high school football players from the state of Illinois are on the watch list for the Sports Illustrated All-American team for 2020, SI.com announced today.
The list includes six highly recruited offensive line prospects: OT Pat Coogan (6-5, 275, Chicago/Marist); OG Gennings Dunker (6-4, 265 Lena/Lena-Winslow); OT Cameron James (6-8, 280, Chicago/Simeon); OT Otto Hess (6-6, 293, Oswego); OT David Davidkov (6-6, 295, Winnetka/New Trier); and OC Josh Kreutz (6-2, 260, Wilmette/Loyola Academy), the son of former Chicago Bears center Olin Kreutz, a six-time Pro Bowler.
Coogan is verbally committed to Notre Dame; Dunker and Davidkov to Iowa; James to Minnesota; and Hess to Boston College.
In all, 1,000 players from across the nation have been selected to the watch list. Video highlights, scouting analyses and a list of each player’s college verbal commitment and/or top college contenders can be found on their bio pages, broken down by state, at SIAllAmerican.com.
The Illinois honorees are:
- Athan Kaliakmanis - 6-3 / 188 / QB from Antioch, Ill.
- Dino Kaliakmanis - 6-2 / 185 / WR from Antioch, Ill.
- Jeremiah Pittman - 6-2 / 255 / DT from Arlington Heights, Ill.
- Dominic Lovett - 5-10 / 175 / WR from Belleville, Ill.
- Justin Walters - 6-2 / 185 / S from Bolingbrook, Ill.
- Tyler McLaurin - 6-2 / 210 / OLB from Bolingbrook, Ill.
- Cameron James - 6-8 / 280 / OT from Chicago, Ill.
- Pat Coogan - 6-5 / 275 / OT from Chicago, Ill.
- Mar'Keise Irving - 5-10 / 175 / RB Country Club Hills, Ill.
- Keontez Lewis - 6-2 / 180 / WR from East Saint Louis, Ill.
- Tyler Macon - 6-0 / 180 / QB from East Saint Louis, Ill.
- Justin Johnson - 5-11 / 190 / RB from Edwardsville, Ill.
- Trenten Howland - 6-2 / 220 / RB from Joliet, Ill.
- Landon Morris - 6-5 / 210 / TE from La Grange Park, Ill.
- Ryan Keeler - 6-5 / 240 / DE from La Grange Park, Ill.
- Mac Uihlein - 6-1 / 215 / ILB from Lake Forest, Ill.
- Bryan Sanborn - 6-2 / 210 / ILB from Lake Zurich, Ill.
- Gennings Dunker - 6-4 / 265 / OT from Lena, Ill.
- Sam Jackson - 5-11 / 170 / QB from Naperville, Ill.
- Jameson Geers - 6-4 / 240 / TE from New Lenox, Ill.
- Willie Shaw - 5-11 / 180 / RB from Oak Lawn, Ill.
- Otto Hess - 6-6 / 293 / OT from Oswego, Ill.
- Josh Kreutz - 6-2 / 260 / OC from Wilmette, Ill.
- David Davidkov - 6-6 / 295 / OT from Winnetka, Ill.
For a breakdown of which of the 1,000 SIAA nominees have verbally committed to or are considering the region’s three Power 5 schools as their college choice, head to:
The evaluation process will continue throughout the season “until the list of 1,000 contenders coalesces around just 25 young men who can say proudly they are the best of the best -- they are Sports Illustrated All-Americans,” said SI Director of Football Recruiting John Garcia Jr.
Sports Illustrated will narrow the SIAA candidates to 250 in October, 99 in November and then announce a first-team of 25, second-team of 25 and an honorable mention group in December. The first-team selections will be invited to the SI Sportsperson of the Year banquet.
Over the coming weeks, SI will unveil its preseason top 10 for each of 14 position groups (kicking off with quarterbacks this week). SI will unveil its initial preseason top 99 ranking, the SI99, on August 24.