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Deep Dish Football Weekly and Yearly Awards 

College Coaches Recruiting Hot, Warm List



SIU Football-  SIU had great 2018 and seems to getting more out of the Southern Illinois Region than anyone. Coach Hill is a young coach will be on bigger programs watchlists.

Indiana State-  Coach Mallory took over put in a staff that know whats he wants. In a very small amount of time, Indiana State and Coaches have made name for themselves on Illinois recruiting trial.

Minnesota- Fleck scored big with Nubin from St. Charles North, and is one of the better known social media prescences in the Midwest. Also helps when you have OL coach Brian Callahan who has the respect of many Illinois  HS Coaches.


Indiana- Tom Allen hired Coach Hagen, Hagen is one of the best recruiters in the nation so guess what. Allen got quite a haul in the Class of 2018 and will build on that.

NIU-  NEW Head Coach Hammock looks to be take over where Rod Carey left the program off. Hiring a staff known in the Illinois and popular with the Illinois high school coaches.

Iowa State-  Campbell and Cyclone staff continiue to make a key presence in the Chicagoland area. Cyclone red and gold can always be seen early in the spring.

Western Illinois-  Coach Elliot and Staff did a tremendous job this past year and have made a name for themselves around Illinois. Again another young staff that is popular with recruits. 

Iowa-  Iowa Football is Iowa Football... They scout from small schools to big schools in Illinois and leave no stone unturned. Coach Ferentz and staff will always have a grip on the pipeline of Illinois as did Hayden Fry.  Kelvin Bell one of top recruiters is guy you need to look out for.

Northwestern-  Pat Fitzgerald scores top student-athletes in the state every year. 2018 was antoehr prime example of Coach Fitz and staff working his magic. 


Eastern Illinois-  EIU has set Illinois Recruiting Trail ablaze, as soon as Cushing got hired as the new head he was off setting a name for the panther program. Making offers to overlooked Chicagoland recruits and hiring a staff known around the state of Illinois and natives.

South Dakota State U- Jackrabbits got some steals along the fall months, and not to mention made a name for themselves around the camp days.

(MISTAKE MADE IN VIDEO- Mike Love is going to NIU not SDSU)

Purdue- Purdue got a great array of Illinois recruits . Coach Brohm making a name for himself in the Chicagoland area. Scoring big time lineman and linebacker out of the 2019 class.

Valporasio- Valpo's pipeline in the Chicagoland Area will always be a key for them. Coaching Staff that high school coaches know by name does help.

Illinois- Lovie Smith is getting the players that best fit his system and best exemplify the student-athlete

Wisconsin- Another Badgers Alumni stronghold is Chicagoland Area. Will always get 1-3 big time Illinois Players that fit their scheme.


Western Michigan- Coach Lester has his roots in the Chicagoland area, and his name is still popular with high school coaches.


Syracuse- Dino Babers is proving the doubters wrong, and winning his way. Look for Syracuse to still look at its Illinois pipeline.


North Dakota- Strong Presence early in the spring of 18', and coaches that have made their program present on social media


Michigan State- Burton is a guy you want representing your university and his no nonsense attitude is what attracts parents and recruits. What a great hire Chuck Bullough has been as well, DE coach respected by all. Jim Bollman also is a nice presence in Illinois as well with his eye for OL. 


4 Schools That Always Will Be On This List That Arent In Illinois

Drake, Butler, Dayton, Wyoming 



Kansas-  Les Miles will be looking at the Chicagoland pipeline, no doubt about that


Kansas State- Hire Chris Kileman who has recruited the Chicagoland area before 

Central Michigan-  New Head Coach- Old Illinois Pipeline available 

Nebraska-  Coach Frost is a Husker coach through and through... Illinois could play a intriguing part like it has back in the Osbourne days. 



UINDY, UW- Platteville, UW- Lacrosse, St. Ambrose, Carthage, North Central, College of Dupage, Olivet Nazarene, Mckendree, Minnesota State 

Deep Dish Football Game of the Week Players of the Night Fall Season 2021
-Week 1-  Jared Gumila RB Plainfield North 4 TDs
-Week 2- Tom Durdan RB/ATH Ottawa Marquette 4 TDs
-Week 3-  (TIE) Reed-Custer Elliot Cassem 2 TDs & Jace Christian 3 TDS
-Week 4-  NO GOTW
-Week 5- Lincoln Way East Offensive Line
-Week 5- OT GOTW Senior QB Jameson Sheehan Cary-Grove 5 TDs
-Week 6- Barah Abad QB Taft 2 TDS (1 Rushing & 1 Passing ) scoring 2 Point Conversion as well
-Week 7- Johnston City Defense

Deep Dish Football Player Of The Night In IHSA (Illinois)  Football for Fall Season 2021

-Week 1-  Hank Beatty Senior QB Rochester 5 TDs (2 Rushing and 3 Passing)
-Week 2- 
Seth Johnson Senior RB ROWA/Williamsfield 5 TDs 289 YDS Rushing
-Week 3- Aneefy Ford Junior ATH Streator 3 TDs 279 Yards Receiving 
-Week 4- Joshua Franklin Junior QB Crete-Monee 8 TDs (6 Passing and 2 Rushing)
                340 YDs Passing 129 YDs Rushing
-Week 5- Mark Melton Senior RB Oswego 241 yards Rushing 4 TD
-Week 6- Brock Bowlby Sophomore QB Carbondale 6 TDs 12-12 6 TDs 267 Yards
-Week 7- Anthony Birsa, Joshua Jones, Paulie Ragusa, Niko Paolino, Lucas Sartori & Whole Joliet Catholic Offensive Line 656 Yards Rushing
-Week 8- Troyer Carlson Sophomore QB Kaneland 6 TDs
-Week 9- Gavin Day Senior RB Southwestern 6 TDs 254 YDs

Coach Big Pete "Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Coach of the Weekend Award" 2021 Fall IHSA Season

-Week 1- ICCP Head Coach Bill Krefft

-Week 2- Glenbard North Head Ryan Wilkens 

-Week 3- Johnston City Head Coach Todd Thomas

-Week 4- Palatine Head Coach Corey Olson

-Week 5- St. Ignatius Head Coach Matt Miller

-Week 6- Sandburg Head Coach Troy McAllister

-Week 7- DU-PEC Head Coach Tyler Hoffman 

-Week 8- Erie-Prophetstown Head Coach Jesse Abbott

-Week 9- Naperville North Head Coach Sean Drendel 

Deep Dish Football Award Winners 2016-Present


2016 Rich Petroski St.Joseph (Westchester) 
2017 Jason Kradman Maine West
2018    John Walters Glenbard East
2019     Erick Middleton Marian Catholic
2021 (Spring)  Paul Watson Nokomis
2021 (Fall) Gavin Johnston Reed-Custer


2016- TIE Jordan Rowell ICCP RB/DB, Jacob Dixon Carlinville RB, Zach Oles Palatine QB
2017- Rochester QB Nic Baker
2018- St.Teresa Jacardia Wright ATH
2019- East St. Louis QB Tyler Macon
2021 (SPRING)- United Township RB Cayne Smith
2021 (FALL)- Mascoutah QB Chase Hanson