Illinois Football: Illini QB commit wins Class 7A Mr. Football in Mississippi

Illinois football has a pretty special quarterback coming in from the class of 2024.

The Illini have built out a solid 2024 class thus far. We have 17 commitments and rank No. 49 in the nation. While this class continues to build and we land more players over the coming months, it is always nice to step back and look at the great talent we have already pledged.

One of the special commits for the class of 2024 is Trey Petty. A 6-foot, 200-pound quarterback out of Starkville High School in Mississippi, Petty picked the Illini over teams like Mississippi State and Ole Miss back in April.

Petty is currently rated as a three-star recruit and ranked as the No. 807 player in the class of 2024. His talents will help him move up the Illinois depth chart early on in his career, and his hard work is already paying off at the high school level.

On Thursday afternoon, multiple media outlets in the state of Mississippi broke the news about who won the 2023 MHSAA Mr. Football Award for each class in the state. In the best class with the toughest competition, Class 7A, the player to take home the state of Mississippi Mr. Football was none other than Petty.

Trey Petty is bringing some impressive talent and now hardware to the Illinois football program

Winning the honor of a state’s Mr. Football is a pretty big deal. On top of that, Petty was able to win the award in the toughest class in the state.

Petty had a pretty good 2023 campaign for Starkville. He led his team to a 7-3 record overall, and they now enter the playoffs on Friday night against a 3-7 Southaven Chargers program. This should be another chance for Petty to ball out.

As for numbers, Petty was a dynamic dual-threat quarterback for the Yellowjackets. He threw for 1,766 yards, 16 touchdowns, and four interceptions. On the ground, he was electric with 728 yards and seven touchdowns.

Illinois is now getting this dynamic quarterback who could push for starting snaps early on in his career. The fact the Illini coaching staff was able to go down to the state of Mississippi and land the Class 7A Mr. Football is impressive. I can’t wait to see what he can do in Champaign.