Illinois Football: Illini targeting more offensive line help for 2022

New options continue to pop up for the Illinois football team, and one of the latest is an offensive lineman for the west coast.

The Illini already have an impressive haul of offensive linemen coming in from the class of 2022, but the more the merrier when it comes to the hogs up front. Snagging another solid offensive lineman wouldn’t be a bad idea. That is why Sam Yoon is an intriguing recruit.

Yoon is a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive tackle from Loyola High School and resides in Los Angeles, California. He is rated as a three-star recruit and ranked as the No. 61 offensive tackle in the class of 2022. He is also the No. 65 player coming out of the state of California.


On Tuesday, Illinois got into the mix for Yoon, as the Orange and Blue offered him a scholarship. The Illini joined roughly 10 other programs that also see the potential in the California native. In addition to Illinois, some of the other bigger programs include the likes of UCLA, Colorado and Kansas State.

Offensive line building continues for the Illinois football program.

As I mentioned earlier, Illinois has been building their offensive line in the class of 2022. Joey Okla leads the way and is ranked as the No. 820 player in the class. Matt Fries isn’t too far behind, as he is ranked as the No. 999 player for 2022.

Hunter Whitenack, No. 1041, and Clayton Leonard, No. 1387, round out the four offensive linemen who have already committed to Bret Bielema and his coaching staff. The Illini might not be done with those four, though.


Yoon brings a nice big frame to the table at 6-foot-5, 280-pounds. He will get bigger and stronger as he finishes up his senior year this fall. Beyond his size, there isn’t much to pick apart about his game.

The speed Yoon possess is impressive for his size. He can get out on screens well, and he can hit the second level of the defense to help break a running back for a big gain. Honestly, it wouldn’t shock me to see Yoon at guard sometime early on in his career, especially with his speed. He would be tremendous pulling on the offensive line for the Illini.

I love the offer by Illinois. Yoon clearly has a lot of potential on the football field. Don’t be shocked when his recruitment starts blowing up over the next month or so.