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Illinois Fighting Illini Football Recruiting: Drew Richmond, Darrion Daniels, and Five Other Recruits Receive Offers From Illini


With their recruits from the Class of 2014 pretty much in order (barring any Signing Day surprises), the Illinois Fighting Illini have quickly turned their attention to the future by extending offers to seven total recruits from the Class of 2015.

The seven recruits that received an offer from the Illini on Tuesday were OT Drew Richmond, DT Darrion Daniels, WR Shadell Bell, WR Dexter Neal, OT Noah Listermann, WR Isaiah Zuber, and WR A.D. Miller.

It should be very interesting to see what Tim Beckman and the Illini can do in the recruiting game for the 2015 class, but two of the recruits to focus on will be Shadell Bell and Dexter Neal. Bell and Neal are the only recruits among the seven offered by the Illini on Tuesday that have already committed elsewhere.

Despite that fact, Beckman and his staff still extended both receivers an offer. Bell gave his verbal commitment to Clemson back in November 2013, but still shows a little interest in Illinois. For Neal, Illinois seems to be one of five teams that might be able to sway the 2015 receiver away from Steve Spurrier and South Carolina.

The 2015 recruiting class could prove to be the most important class for Tim Beckman at Illinois. He was able to pull in the 9th best class among Big Ten teams in 2013 (his first real Illini class), but it looks like his 2014 recruiting class could be the worst ranked class in the conference.

Nobody expects the Illini to earn the top ranked class in 2015. However, it’d be nice to see them reel in at least one 4-star recruit, and Richmond, Daniels, and Bell fit that mold.

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