The Illinois Fighting Illini continue to work hard on their 2015 recruiting class by targeting some of the top talent from across the country. This time, they did so by extending an offer to Florida outside linebacker/defensive back Justin Strnad on Thursday.
Illinois is the thirteenth team and first Big Ten team to offer at the Tarpon Springs, Florida native. So far, Strnad has offers from Air Force, Akron, Ball State, Buffalo, Duke, Elon, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Illinois, James Madison, Marshall, and Wake Forest.
Justin Strnad is the definition of hard hitting player. As a safety, he always goes for the hard hit and will go for the hard hit over the ball when defending the pass.
Strnad is a better defender against the run than the pass in both the linebacker and safety positions. He has the ability to square up his shoulders and make the tackle on a ball carrier in order to limit any extra rushing yards.
Illini fans should be able to see why Tim Beckman would extend an offer towards a defensive player like Justin Strnad.
In 2013, the Fighting Illini were destroyed by opposing Big Ten rushing attacks and gave up a ton of rushing yards in the process. It’s clear that Beckman doesn’t want to make this a habit for his Illini defense. He knows the Illini need to stop the run in order to win more football games.