University of Illinois recruits Merrick Jackson from Althoff and Darius Mosely from O'Fallon highlight the list of metro-east players who made the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State Football Teams announced Friday.
Jackson and Althoff teammate Erik Furmanek both made the Class 2A all-state team, while Mosely was the lone metro-east player on the Class 8A squad.
Furmanek, a Division I prospect at middle linebacker, leads the Althoff defense with 146 tackles and four interceptions. Jackson has 67 tackles, three sacks and an interception and the pair will lead the Crusaders (9-3) into the Class 2A semifinals on Saturday at home against Camp Point Central-Southeastern.
Belleville West linebacker Pierre Gee-Tucker (80 tackles, seven sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries) was the lone area player on the 7A all-state team.
Mosely, who will play defensive back at Illinois, caught 69 passes for 1,096 yards and 10 TDs for the Panthers. He also had 33 tackles and an interception on defense.
Jerseyville quarterback Mitch Kimble made it in 5A, while the Class 4A all-state team included Waterloo tight end-linebacker Clayton Bourgeois, Columbia running back Charles Farris and Marquette running back-defensive back Michael Ford.
Kimble, a Northern Illinois University recruit, threw for 1,427 yards and 10 touchdowns while running for 957 yards and 15 TDs.
Bourgeois had a team-leading 122 tackles, three sacks and four fumbles recovered for Waterloo, also making 15 catches for 242 yards and two TDs as a tight end.
Farris was Columbia's top offensive weapon, running for 1,522 yards and 23 TDs.
Greenville running back Cameron Walter made the 3A all-state team.
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