In this week's edition of All-State Stock Watch, we're looking at All-State football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the summer. A player could have had a huge game, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, or broken a leg. Whatever the case, I chart all the data (in my head) and give you the biggest movers of the week.
UP — Brandon Greer, Mount Carmel DB/RB
Greer has easily been one of the most valuable players through the early part of the season. He plays tremendous defense in the secondary, and he's proven to be a sparkplug for a Mount Carmel team that came into the season searching for offense. If he can hold up while pulling double duty all season, Mount Carmel should be a tough out in the postseason.
DOWN —Mike Shield, Lake Zurich RB
I was high on Shield after an impressive performance in Week 1, but there were few positives in Week 2. The entire Lake Zurich offense looked out of sorts in a 10-7 upset loss to Cary-Grove, and the running game was particularly ineffective. Shield only managed to scratch out 12 yards in the loss. The senior should bounce back this weekend, but for now it has to be a DOWN grade.
UP — Malcolm Weaver, Loyola Academy QB
So this may be cheating a bit, since Weaver didn't make the preseason All-State team. But maybe he should have — the senior has made a pretty convincing case through the first two weeks of the season, including last weekend's 41-24 victory over Montini. Weaver passed for 257 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 98 yards and another score. For someone that was somewhat overlooked at the beginning of the season, Weaver has seen his stock go way up.
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