One of Illinois' top recruits won't be suiting up for Tim Beckman & Co. this fall.
Running back Matt Domer, out of Mount Carmel High School, was denied admission to the university.
#illini spokesperson confirms RB Matt Domer was denied admission and is not enrolled in classes. Leaves little depth at RB.— Jeremy Werner (@WernerESPNCU) June 17, 2014
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Domer was one of the Illini's highest-ranked recruits in the Class of 2014, ranked three stars by Rivals. He was one of the top 30 recruits in the state.
It appears that Domer will attend community college and try to enroll again in the spring.
As @IllinoisRivals has reported, Domer will attend classes at Parkland this fall with hopes of enrolling at Illinois this spring.— Jeremy Werner (@WernerESPNCU) June 17, 2014
It was thought that Domer could make a quick impact for the Illini. Illinois returns upper classmen Josh Ferguson and Donnovon Young at running back but no others with a rushing attempt in an NCAA game.
Domer picked the Illini over several other schools. According to Rivals, Indiana, Boston College, Cincinnati, Kansas, Northern Illinois, Syracuse and Western Michigan all offered.
Here's what Domer told our Edgy Tim on National Signing Day about why he picked the Illini:
"Everything about it went in my favor," Domer said. "It was close to home. I wanted my family to be able to come out to all my games and support as much as they could. Coach Beckman, he preached often about keeping the talent in state, and if we build an in-state team with the in-state talent, he said if I made this commitment, it would definitely bring in help and a lot of other eyes to our program and just try to turn things around. So I was willing to take that responsibility and step up to the plate."