Just because a recruit took the initiative to sign with the Illinois Fighting Illini and enroll early doesn’t mean Writing Illini ignores him on National Signing Day.
Offensive Lineman Peter Cvijanovic is a bit of a legacy, following in his brother’s footsteps to the University of Illinois, but he’s undoubtedly looking to forge a name for himself just as Simon has done before him. The younger Cvijanovic brings toughness to the table, and in the Big Ten that’s an asset that will serve him well as he continues to grow and mature as a player.
Let’s take a look at his list of accolades following his senior year.
- Rivals, ESPN, 247Sports – 3 Star OL
- Ranked #9 Prep School Player by 247Sports
- 2012 All-Ohio Division III Special Mention and Division III Lake District 1st Team
- Played in Cleveland Browns East-West All Star Game and Cleveland News-Herald All-Star Game
I had a chance to catch up with the 6’6″ 280 pound Cvijanovic and ask him one simple question which he was gracious enough to answer:
RK: What intrigued you / helped you decide Illinois was the right fit for you?
PC: “Part of the reason was for my older brother. Simon attends the college, and he had a big influence on me.”
Furthermore, he went on to list another reason when he said, “Another thing would be coach Ricker. I liked coach only because he was real with me. He really didn’t give me the BS of recruitment.”
Clearly, Cvijanovic isn’t one to mince words, and he came across as a very down to earth guy that just wants to know where he stands. He’s here for the long haul, and I, for one, am happy that he chose Illinois to further himself both academically, and as a football player. With any luck he will go on to become an important part of the offensive line just like his older brother.
If you’d like to see what he looks like on film, please take a few minutes to watch him manhandle would be defenders in this IP video.
Welcome aboard, Peter Cvijanovic! We look forward to watching you grow, and improve, as a player over the next four years in the Illini uniform.
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