The Illinois football team added a player to the family on Sunday who will be a huge piece for this team moving forward.
It was first announced and confirmed by Jeremy Werner of 247Sports that Phifer Griffin had committed to the University of Illinois. This is big news for the program. Not only did we land another player for the class of 2020, but he also plays a position of need.
Griffin is a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle from Union Academy in Monroe, North Carolina. He is rated as a three-star recruit who is the No. 787 player in the class of 2020 and the No. 68 offensive tackle in the nation. He is also the No. 25 player in the state of North Carolina.
The recruiting attention was starting to build for Griffin. This kid had roughly 11 scholarship offers with some of the bigger programs being West Virginia and East Carolina, in addition to the Illini offer. Snagging him will help this class and the team tremendously moving forward.
Illinois now has four commitments for the class of 2020. They are all at different positions of need as well. I could make an argument that wide receiver (Jadon Thompson), running back (Reggie Love), offensive tackle (Griffin) and defensive tackle (Quinton McCoy) were all the biggest needs on the team for 2020.
The Illini now have three players in the top 1000 for the class of 2020. This is a solid class talent wise, but the depth isn’t there. That is why we are dead last in the Big Ten and No. 99 in the nation. Once more players start signing up, that number should crawl closer to the top 50.
I am here to tell you the addition of Griffin is big for this program. Some people might not think so, but having depth on the offensive line is important. In the next few years, we are going to lose some big pieces. Griffin will help replace those talented blockers.