Stock is rising for Isaac, Gray

In this week's edition of All-State Stock Watch, we're looking at Illinois football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. 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 — Ty Isaac, Joliet Catholic RB

There is no shortage of offensive weapons on the Joliet Catholic roster, but Isaac may be the most explosive. The junior can score from anywhere on the field, as he proved in Week 1 by catching a 75-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds remaining to beat Carmel. On Friday, he scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one punt return) to lead JCA past St. Viator, 63-3. Isaac already has offers from several top college programs, so his stock is waaaaay UP.

DOWN — Thaddeus Armstrong, Wheaton South QB

It’s been a disappointing season for Wheaton South, and instability at the quarterback position has played a bit part in the team’s 1-3 start. In a tight, 17-14 loss to Naperville North on Friday, Armstrong passed for 192 yards and a touchdown, but he also tossed two costly interceptions. If the Tigers are going to turn things around this year, it has to start at QB. For now, it’s a DOWN grade.

UP — Jon Gray, Batavia DB

Batavia has been one of the pleasant surprises of the 2011 season so far, surging out to a 4-0 record. Gray helped preserve the perfect record by intercepting three passes in a win over Bartlett on Friday, running his total to five picks on the season. If Gray keeps making plays like that, there’s no telling how long Batavia can keep the good vibes going. For that, Gray gets an UP grade this week.

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