Illini add second Texas wide receiver recruit of weekend

Illini add second Texas wide receiver recruit of weekend
July 6, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Vinnie Duber

The stars at night! Are big and bright! Deep in the heart of ... Champaign?

The Illini might be opening up a new recruiting pipeline in the Lone Star State, as Sunday saw the second Texas wide receiver commit to the orange and blue in as many days.

A.D. Miller, a three-star wideout out of Dallas, committed to Illinois on Saturday night. Sunday afternoon, fellow three-star wideout Sam Mays joined him.

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"They showed me the most interest of all of the schools, and I got a sense of family," Mays told Rivals. "It's a place I can call a home away from home."

Mays — the No. 100 prospect in the state of Texas, according to Rivals — is ranked higher than Miller. Unlike Miller, however, Mays didn't have a list of high-profile offers. The Illini were his only offer from a power-conference program. Mays hails from Kinkaid High School in Houston and marks the ninth three-star recruit in the Illini's Class of 2015 and the 12th player overall.

The Illini are having a much better go of things with their Class of 2015 than their Class of 2014. As of Mays' commitment, the Illini had the 37th-ranked recruiting class, per Rivals' rankings.