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Posted On: 02/8/21 10:55 AM

Per usual, this county and it’s players are continuously overlooked.

Don’t get me wrong, players from the LC like Malachi McNealMalachiMcNeal6'0" | LBWarren | 2021IL, The Kaliakmanis brothers, Blake EllingsonBlakeEllingson6'2" | QBLibertyville | 2021IL, and Ryan MannRyanMann6'0" | ATHVernon Hills | 2021IL have gotten the credit they deserved, but this county specifically seems to always have a ton of good players who seem to fly under the radar— so it’s my job to shine some light on the talent inhabiting this area.

So without further ado, here are ten athletes from Lake County you may not know, but should.


Shameer Wilkie | ATH | Highland Park ’22

There are two reasons why I believe we haven’t heard more of Wilkie’s name in the recruiting circuit. 1) Highland Park has some very talented senior skill players who play the same positions as Wilkie, so he hasn’t really had the opportunity to fully showcase what he can do. 2) COVID delayed his junior season. He spent some time on varsity as a sophomore playing WR, DB, and as a kick returner, but by the time he’s a senior, with the upside he possesses, he could very well be one of the top players in Lake County. He has

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