The Illinois football coaching staff have been doing a fine job at landing good quality recruits lately.
Lovie Smith and the Illini coaching staff have been on fire the past couple of weeks. Thursday afternoon, Illinois landed graduate transfer defensive back TreSean Smith. This was a huge get for the coaching staff as Smith is the second player to commit on Thursday.
Smith took to Twitter to announce his commitment to the Orange and Blue. He is a graduate transfer from Louisville with two years of eligibility remaining. Since he is a graduate transfer, he will be able to play right away. That is huge for Illinois because they will need depth at defensive back in the near future
Smith is a 6-foot-1, 210-pound safety. He was a three-star recruit coming out of LaSalle High School in Ohio back in 2017. During his high school days, he was ranked as the No. 605 player in the class of 2017 and the No. 44 safety in the nation. He ended up picking the Cardinals as his first college destination.
— TreSean Smith (@Tre11Smith) May 14, 2020
While at Louisville, Smith put up 34 tackles and 2 interceptions as a freshman. As Sophomore, he totaled 36 tackles and 1 pass deflection. During his junior season, he didn’t record any stats as he was suspended indefinitely. The suspension isn’t a worry to me because good players learn from their mistakes.
All in all, I think Smith will fit in fine on this team. Illinois lost Stanley Green after he graduated this past season. So, it is evident that the Illini have an opening at the other safety position next to Sydney Brown. Smith can fill that opening as he brings good size and skills at the safety position.