The Illinois football team was busy offering scholarships to future recruits on Thursday.
One of the most recent offers from the Illini went to Tyler Elsbury. He is a 6-foot-5, 270-pound guard from Byron High School in Byron, Illinois. He is rated as a three-star recruit who is the No. 562 player in the class of 2020 and the No. 21 offensive guard in the nation.
The Illinois offer was the fourth by a DI program. Elsbury also has offers from Purdue, Northern Illinois and Iowa. 247Sports currently has Iowa at 100-percent to land him.
When it comes to the offensive line, Elsbury has a lot to offer. This kid is already 6-foot-5, 270-pounds, and he is only in his junior season. He has the size to play with the big boys already. I can’t imagine what he would be like with the training program at Illinois. This kid could be really special.
Illinois offered Class of 2020 OL Tyler Elsbury today. Minnesota will be in to see him tomorrow & will probably be next to offer https://t.co/LALehxrGcy @ElsburyTyler @IllinoisRivals @CStevensTGR https://t.co/LALehxrGcy
— Blair Sanderson (@BlairRIVALS) September 27, 2018
I also really like Elsbury’s quickness off the line of scrimmage. This kid can get into the defensive lineman early and drive him back to the second level. That is crucial in run blocking. Illinois running backs will have a fun time running behind this kid for four seasons.
If Elsbury picks the Illini, I could see him potentially starting year one. But, I would love if he could redshirt and get even stronger and quicker. This kid has the mold to be All-Big Ten caliber, and I think Illinois would be the place to transform him into that type of player.
I could also see Elsbury flipping over to offensive tackle too. He has good size and he is quick. He is pretty agile as well, and this would help with quick defensive ends. He would be able to get off the line and block a good edge rusher.
Illinois got in early on Elsbury. He would be a great pickup not only for how good he is but for his location as well. Illinois needs to snag these talented in-state recruits. Getting Elsbury would be huge for the football program.