Football: All-star games bring out the best in Southland standouts
The high school All-America games are in the books for the senior class, and the Chicago area had six representatives in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio and the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando, Fla.
Five Chicago athletes were in the Army game, including Marist three-star tight end Nic Weishar, a Notre Dame recruit.
“Just being able to spend time with all these guys was my favorite part of the week,” said Weishar, the SouthtownStar 2013 Football Player of the Year. “And building relationships with the guys that are going to all these different schools, and just being around and being able to compete with them. It has been a lot of fun and has been an honor to be here.”
Weishar played on the East team with Lincoln Way-East offensive lineman Nick Allegretti and Hinsdale Central offensive lineman Brian Allen. Allegretti and Allen split time at first-team center for the East team throughout the week.
“It’s pretty cool representing Illinois down here,’’ Allegretti said. ‘‘I am proud to be here and hear how people are excited to watch me.’’
It wasn’t only football for the All-Americans. They also got the opportunity to do some community service. For Allegretti, that was the part of the trip he will remember most because his brother beat leukemia several years ago.
“I had been looking forward to visiting the whole time,’’ Allegretti said. ‘‘It was the most memorable experience down here. It is something that I wanted to do and give back to all the people that helped out my brother and all the people that have had an illness.”
Crete-Monee five-star linebacker Nyles Morgan and Plainfield South five-star linebacker Clifton Garrett were on the West team, which won Saturday’s game 28-6.
The lone Chicago representative in the Under Armour game was De La Salle four-star offensive lineman Jamarco Jones.
Juniors to watch
There were also standout performances at the combines associated with the games by Providence junior wide receiver Miles Boykin, Grayslake North junior running back/defensive back Titus Booker, Young junior lineman Bryce Murray, Niles West junior quarterback Tommy Galanopoulos and Hales junior defensive back Patrick Nelson.