Illinois football has landed several big time recruits over the years. The issue has been stacking them in the same class. Last season Illinois landed two top 200 players with Verdis Brown and Calvin Avery. Recently Illinois landed a verbal commitment from top 100 ATH Marquez Beason from Bishop Dunne high school in texas. Illinois has built pipelines with schools in texas, florida and now its working magic with Trinity Catholic in Missouri.
Illinois hiring its former successful head coach Cory Patterson as Tight Ends coach was a smart move. Not only is he a great young mind in college coaching but hes built personal bonds and relationships from Trinity Catholic. A powerhouse with several high level Division one talent, most notably five star top 30 ATH/QB Isaiah Williams whose especially close with Patterson. Isaiah has made several trips to Champaign on his own time and was planning an official visit next month. Landing Williams would give Illinois two top 100 prospects for the first time in 11 years. They made the Rose Bowl with those two by the way
Isaiah Williams Decision
If you follow social media you have realized Williams will be making his choice tomorrow, having offers from Oklahoma, Michigan, Ohio State and Alabama. The vibe has slowly been building to a commitment to Illinois for many reasons. Lets break down why and what it means for the program
Williams is extremely close with Cory Patterson and has also gotten very close with new OC Rod Smith. They are willing to give him a shot at QB, a position he thrives at. Williams attitude to do whatever necessary to win is key in the situatuon. He would be a phenomenal receiver and is Willing to do what staff asks of him.
Another piece to this equation is recent 4 star top 100 commit Marquez Beason. They have became very close and want to help turn the program together. One point I want to stress on that needs mention, kids want to play for and learn under Lovie Smith. Hes a man of intelligence and respect. He develops young men into mature adults ready to excel in life on and off the field. Adding that with his NFL pedigree is turning into success in recruiting
Orange and Blue Dominos will fall
Not only will having Williams and Beason be huge on the field for Illinois, its who they bring with them. Ive mentioned several times on my periscope once Williams announced things would start to come together. I expect Ira Henry, Bryce Childress and shammond cooper to follow their teammate to Illinois in the coming months. The staff has worked hard in Chicago and Williams decision will set the table for commits in early april. Three star WR fabian Mccray and CB Joseph Thompson from Chicago Phillips really like Illinois and have been in contact with Williams. I expect those two to committ april 6th-8th on official visits.
Two names for the 2019 class to watch are Jahleel Billingsley and Jaquaze Sorrells from Chicago Phillips and Largo Florida. Each top 250 nationally and have offers from top 10 teams nationally. Illinois has put themselves in the thick of things and expect more visits from them as well. Illinois has opened eyes the last few months and brought national attention. Tomorrow Illinois demands it, otherwise the nation wont know what hit it. Illinois football is back and it aint going anywhere.