2017 Watch List: Top 45 Illinois Boys (2018/2019)

With the spring season right around the corner, college coaches are beginning to ramp up their 2017 recruiting efforts in Illinois. They’re focusing on sophomores (2019) and juniors (2018).

Our Top 45 Illinois Boys Watch List features four players from Naperville North. But only three of them played for the high school program in 2016. After starring for the Huskies in 2015 as a freshman, Josh Penn skipped the three-month fall campaign.

Here is the complete 2017 Illinois Boys Watch List, featuring the top sophomores and juniors throughout Illinois: Naperville North’s Josh Penn, Mattoon’s Jacob Ghere, DeKalb’s Angel Martinez, Riverton’s Tyler Moushon, Warren’s Martin Fuentes, Libertyville’s Evan Rasmussen, Neuqua Valley’s Billy Heniades, Normal West’s McCade Brown, Bradley’s Nick Markanich, Springfield’s Kelby Phillips, Naperville North’s Tommy Welch, Lyons’ Matt Vear, Mattoon’s Alex Lensink, Cornerstone Christian’s Richard Phiri, Pleasant Plains’ Connor Novy, Normal’s Josef Halcomb, Urbana’s Bennett Anderson, Naperville North’s Ethan Harvey, Lane’s Marcin Kieta, Normal’s Nathan Clay, Benet’s Franklin Rutkowski, Young’s Josue Espinoza, Althoff’s Jim Manken, Naperville North’s Colin Iverson, Williamsville’s Levi Slater, St. Charles North’s Peter Willis, Barrington’s Klaus Pallan, Morton’s Baltazar Duran, Sacred Heart Griffin’s Jett Gay, Jacobs’ Noah Melick, Glenbrook North’s Sahil Modi, Kelly’s Aldo Vazquez, Richards’ Mike Ortega, Foreman’s Joel Diaz, St. Ignatius’ AJ Capitanini, Bradley’s Anthony Markanich, Bradley’s Efrain Davila, St. Edward’s A.J. Franklin, Bloom’s Anthony Aldape (pictured), Waukegan’s Noe Hernandez, Loyola’s David Gripman, Columbia’s Sam Spivey, Crystal Lake South’s Nikolas Getzinger and Danville’s Caleb Griffin and Rockford East’s Miguel Ramirez. #PrepSoccerReport