The Illinois Fighting Illini football team secured a verbal commitment from highly coveted, 4 star, 2015 offensive lineman Gabe Megginson following an unofficial visit to campus today.
Proud to say that I am committed to The University of Illinois!! I can’t wait to continue my education, and football career at Illinois!
— Gabe Megginson (@GabeMegginson72) April 26, 2014
The Illini beat out offers from a healthy list of suitors from around the nation’s best conferences such as Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana, Penn State, and Purdue from the Big Ten, as well as Missouri, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Arkansas from the SEC. If that’s not enough, Megginson also had offers on the table from Virginia Tech, Miami (Fla.), Oregon State, and Louisville amongst others.
If you’d like to take a look at what the Illini are getting with this high level commit, check out his junior year highlights here.
There is no way around it. This is a very big commitment for the Illini because everything starts with the offensive line. If you put an offensive line on the field that can control the game then you are in a much better position to win every game.
Players like Megginson are integral to building success, and identifying and securing a commitment from a player that’s as talented, and coveted, as he is, is the obvious goal for the program year in and year out. What makes it even more important is that he is an in-state top ten talent that did not get away to a program outside of state lines.
It seems that the “Our State. Our Team.” motto is finally fully taking root with this 2015 class.
Welcome aboard Gabe Megginson! We look forward to seeing your game develop in the Orange and Blue for years to come.