Signing Day is important to every college football program on so many levels. It brings new blood into the program. It furthers the vision that the Head Coach has for the program. It adds renewed hope that things can turn around quickly if the right players decide to sign up and do their part by becoming important components that could one day produce the finely tuned machine that every coach is trying to create.
At Illinois, it’s no different.
The Illinois Fighting Illini football team took a small step forward last season in their second year under Head Coach Tim Beckman, but could bigger things be just around the corner? The young men about to sign on the dotted line on Wednesday certainly hope so, and so does the entire fan base.
The list of verbal commitments that the Illini coaches have secured appears to be firm at this point so we don’t expect any of them to flip to another program on signing day. If, by chance, you haven’t been keeping up, here’s the list so that you know who’s name you should be watching out for as the letters of intent begin rolling in on Wednesday.
Committed But Unsigned
Nick Allegretti – OL, Frankfort, IL (Lincoln Way East) 6’4″ 280 lbs
Peter Cvijanovic – OL, Great Barrington, MA (East Coast Prep) 6’5″ 285 lbs
Chayce Crouch – QB, Newark, OH (Newark Catholic) 6’4″ 215 lbs
Matt Domer – RB, Chicago, IL (Mt. Carmel) 6’0″ 188 lbs
Julian Hylton – ATH, Frankfort, IL (Lincoln Way North) 6’1″ 190 lbs
Mike Dudek – WR, Naperville, IL (Neuqua Valley) 5’11″ 176 lbs
Malik Turner – WR, Springfield, IL (Sacred-Heart Griffin) 6’2″ 205 lbs
Jihad Ward – DT, New York, NY (Globe Tech) 6’7″ 285 lbs
Tito Odenigbo – DE, Centerville, OH (Centerville) 6’3″ 241 lbs
Carroll Phillips – DE, Wesson, MS (Copiah-Lincoln C.C.) 6’4″ 245 lbs
Tre Watson – LB, Tampa, FL (Tampa Catholic) 6’2″ 230 lbs
Henry McGrew – LB, Stilwell, KS (Blue Valley) 6’3″ 237 lbs
Austin Roberts – LB, Rice Lake, WI (Rice Lake) 6’3″ 226
Already Signed LOI
Geronimo Allison – WR, (Iowa Western C.C.) 6’3″ 180 lbs
Tyrin Stone-Davis – WR, (Pierce C.C.) 6’3″ 195 lbs
Tyree Stone-Davis – DB, (Pierce C.C.) 6’3″ 200 lbs
Joe Fotu – DE, (Laney C.C.) 6’3″ 275 lbs
Stay tuned to Writing Illini for signing day releases as the letters of intent begin to roll in this Wednesday.