Junior to Watch: Walter Mendenhall
School: Niles (Ill.) West
Position: Running back
Size and speed: Mendenhall is 6-foot-0 and 195 pounds. He has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.5 seconds.
Statistics: Mendenhall rushed for 1250 yards and scored 17 times during his junior season.
Favorite Schools: Northwestern, Illinois, Purdue, Colorado, and Northern Illinois are among the schools on Mendenhall's list.
Skinny: Mendenhall, an all-conference and all-area selection his junior season, is one of the top backs in the state of Illinois.
"Nebraska and Penn State came to my school," Mendenhall said. "Northwestern, Illinois, Boston College, Kansas, Purdue, a lot of schools have came."
"Northwestern, Illinois, Purdue, Colorado, and Northern Illinois all offered me a scholarship."
"As of right now I'm looking at all of them. I'll probably get my favorites sometime this summer."