Illinois football kept the positive recruiting momentum going on Monday afternoon.
Coming into the week, the Illini had a total of 12 commitments and were ranked inside the top 40 nationally for 2023. If Illinois can land the class of 2023 inside the top 50 in the nation, that would give the program back-to-back top 50 recruiting classes. This feat hasn’t happened since the class of 2008 and 2009.
Illinois would move one step closer to achieving the goal of having another top 50 class on Monday when Teremun Lott decided to end his recruitment and commit to the Orange and Blue. This announcement comes on the heals of Lott taking an official visit this past weekend.
Lott is a 6-foot, 170-pound athlete from Inlet Grove Community High School and resides in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is rated as a three-star recruit and ranked as the No. 133 athlete in the class of 2023. He is also the No. 180 player coming out of Florida.
Illinois football is recruiting well in the state of Florida for the class of 2023.
Having a player like Lott on the Illinois football team is great for the program. He is a two-way player at the high school level, and this experience will help him become a great wide receiver at Illinois.
I love the fact Lott played safety with Inlet Grove. This experience in the secondary will help make him a better player at wide receiver because he will know the tendencies of a defensive back. This will help Lott in his route running and ability to break away from the defender.
Bret Bielema and the Illinois coaching staff have stuck to their word and are recruiting in-state kids harder than I have seen in years. But they are also focusing their efforts on the state of Florida.
Lott is the most recent Florida recruit to pledge to the Illini. The month of June has been filled with Florida commitments. Offensive tackle Rico Jackson, edge rusher Calvin Smith, and safety Jaheim Clarke also committed to Illinois this month and are from the sunshine state.
This pipeline to Florida will hopefully continue to get stronger. Florida is a fertile ground of talented recruits, and I want Illinois to get a piece of it.