The 2019 class isn’t anywhere close to being complete, however that’s not stopping the Illini staff from looking ahead to the 2020 class which also has plenty of talented prospects. Yesterday the Illini offered Lorando Johnson Jr a 6″1 175 lb. cornerback from Lancaster, Texas. Lorando is ranked as a 4 Star prospect in the 2020 class. Along with this he is ranked as the 12th best overall player in Texas, the 11th best cornerback in the nation, and the 102nd overall player in the 2020 class.
Recently, Lorando did cut his list down to 4 schools in his recruitment. These programs were Baylor, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, and TCU. Then the Illinois offer happened and he seems quite ecstatic about it. I took sometime to speak to him about what the Illini offer means and how it might affect his top list.
AS: What have you learned or what can you take away from your recruiting process so far? What has been the best part of your recruitment so far?
Lorando Johnson Jr: Just be patient through the process and work hard. Knowing that I have multiple chances to play at the next level.
AS: What makes you stand out from the rest of the DB’s across the country, and what do you think you need to improve on your game the most?
Lorando Johnson Jr: I’m super physical and I have great feet. I want to improve my tackling.
AS: Does Illinois have a chance to break into your top 4 or 5 schools? If so, what do you like about Illinois?
Lorando Johnson Jr: I like that I have a chance at early playing time and playing with my guy Quez (Marquez Beason) over at Illinois.
AS: Have you spoken to anyone on the Illini staff? How’s your relationship with them?
Lorando Johnson Jr: I have spoken with Coach Stoker and we’re tighter than a shoe double tied.
AS: Are you planning on visiting Champaign?
Lorando Johnson Jr: I’m going to try but it’s tough because of the distance.
Lorando Johnson Jr is the type of player who can be a fantastic pairing with Marquez Beason in the future. Both have incredible speed and Lorando has a bit more size than Marquez. All in all they would make a pretty strong secondary.
I think the Illini are not only in a good shape for Lorando but in a great shape for him. He loves the idea of playing with Marquez and the idea of playing his freshman year. Now this could mean anything but Lorando was offered yesterday by the Illini and today his top list of 4 schools was deleted. I think it is fair to say that the Illini should be in the mix for his recruitment.