Five Days of List-Mas: IL's A-List


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Whether you're putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you're making that special list for Santa, there's nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we're bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: Illinois A-List

What is an A-Lister? In Hollywood, it's the George Clooney and Julia Roberts crowd. In the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are A-Listers. In the NBA, it’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. The A-List is the best of the best. So which athletes can be considered A-Listers in Illinois this year? That’s where today’s list comes in. Regardless of sport, here’s our list of the top five A-List athletes in the state.

Aaron Bailey, Junior

Bolingbrook, Football

Credentials: Quarterbacked Bolingbrook to state championship; ran for 1,983 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Ty Isaac, Junior

Joliet Catholic, Football

Credentials: Ran for 2,629 yards and scored 49 touchdowns; led Joliet Catholic to state title game.

Ryan Koziol, Senior

Providence, Baseball

Credentials: The most controversial selection to this list, Koziol may not play a single inning this year after being ruled ineligible following his transfer from Brother Rice to Providence. He has committed to Arizona.

Jabari Parker, Junior

Simeon, Basketball

Credentials: No. 1 in the ESPNU 60; leads the No. 1 team in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Jordan Westerkamp, Senior

Montini, Football

Credentials: State's all-time leader in receptions (269), receiving yards (4,355) and touchdowns (66).

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Tomorrow: The top underclassman football players from Illinois.

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