Illinois Fighting Illini Football Recruiting: Signing Day 2014 Names to Know


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.


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