Nov 2, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Tim Beckman (right) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Illinois 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Illinois Fighting Illini Football Recruiting: Reggie Corbin Commits to the Fighting Illini


On Tuesday, Tim Beckman and company received some much needed good news as 2015 running back Reggie Corbin gave his verbal commitment to the Illinois Fighting Illini.

Illinois was able to gain Corbin’s commitment over Marshall, Old Dominion, Toledo, and Washington State.

It should come as no surprise to most fans that Corbin decided to play for Tim Beckman because 100% of the recruiting experts on the 247Sports Crystal Ball predicted the Washington D.C. native to commit to the Orange & Blue.

When asked about what he most liked about Illinois, the 2015 running back told 247Sports:

“The whole feeling that I got. That and definitely that I have the chance to play early.”

At this point, there’s a pretty good chance that Corbin could see some early playing time for the Fighting Illini.

“I’m very excited. I’m glad I finally got it over with. I think Illinois is the place for me and the perfect fit and I’m glad to be part of Illini nation.” – Reggie Corbin

As last year showed, offensive coordinator Bill Cubit likes to use two running backs in some way as a part of his offensive system.

Josh Ferguson and Donovonn Young are the top two backs for the Illini, but Young will be gone by the time Corbin comes to Champaign.

That opens up a spot for Reggie Corbin to make his mark and possibly get some playing time, but Illinois is currently courting a transfer running back in the name of Ty Issac.

It will be interesting to see what happens to Reggie Corbin if the Fighting Illini can get Issac to come back home to Illinois.

Cubit isn’t the biggest fan of redshirting players if they can help the team in some way. However, if Ferguson and Issac are on the roster, maybe redshirting Corbin wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

The three-star recruit is currently ranked 11th in the state of Washington D.C., 114th among running backs, and 1,351st among 2015 high school recruits by 247Sports.

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