Illinois and head coach Tim Beckman continued to build more spring-recruiting momentum last Friday evening when the Fighting Illini added a verbal commitment from Jacksonville, Ill., three-star offensive tackle Gabe Megginson (6-foot-5, 290 pounds). Megginson decided on Illinois after landing scholarship offers from 26 other schools.
"They (Illinois coaches) are absolutely the best people I've been around," Megginson said. "I just want my success to be with them. Illinois was absolutely the perfect fit for me."
Megginson joins an impressive in-state recruiting class so far for the Illini. Illinois also has verbal commitments in the Class of 2015 from Champaign Centennial three-star quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald and DeKalb three-star running back Dre Brown.
Grigoletti quick to pick Chippewas
Riverside-Brookfield junior offensive linemen recruit Louis Grigoletti (6-foot-4, 290 pounds) wasted little time in making his college choice. Grigoletti received his first offer from Central Michigan on March 29, and 15 days letter Grigoletti was verbally pledged to the Chippewas.
"I just felt very comfortable with Central Michigan," Grigoletti said. "I didn't know a whole lot about CMU before I went there, but just going out there, seeing the campus, talking to the coaches and seeing how this program does things, I knew I wanted to go to CMU."
Grigoletti is the seventh known verbal pledge to the Central Michigan football recruiting Class of 2015 and the first out-of-state verbal commitment.
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Milan has several D-I offers
Chicago Raby junior defensive tackle Jamal Milan (6-foot-3, 285 pounds) will be the second straight D-I recruit from the Home of the Raiders, joining senior athlete Chris Covington (6-foot-2, 215 pounds), who is signed with Indiana.
Milan has offers so far from Illinois, Illinois State, NIU, Syracuse and Western Michigan.
"It's been pretty exciting so far." Milan said. "I've visited Illinois, NIU and Western Michigan, and all of the visits went great. It just feels amazing to have offers from such great schools."
Dew-Treadway adds Wisconsin offer to list
Bolingbrook junior defensive linemen Micah Dew-Treadway (6-foot-5, 280 pounds) added a recent offer from Wisconsin.
"Wisconsin offered me, and it's a big offer," he said. "They have just an amazing tradition in the Big Ten. I had been talking to my recruiting coach (T.J. Woods) at Wisconsin for awhile so I wasn't completely surprised they offered me, but it's still a great feeling."
Dew-Treadway has yet to visit Madison but hopes to see the school "within the next two to three weeks along with Purdue." Dew-Treadway now has offers so far from Bowling Green, UConn, Indiana, Mississippi State, New Mexico, Purdue and Wisconsin.
Argo's O'Neal impressed with Northern Illinois
Argo junior athlete Corde O'Neal (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) added his latest offer from Northern Illinois after making a spring game visit last Saturday in DeKalb.
"I really liked it at NIU," he said. "They have a good group of coaches, and I also liked the facilities at NIU. The new indoor facility is pretty nice, and they also have good locker rooms and a good weight room. NIU and most schools are recruiting me as a safety. I can play either offense or defense, and if I had my choice I'd play defense. I feel petty comfortable anywhere on the field, but safety seems to be my best spot. Saturday was my first visit to NIU, and I left pretty impressed with them."
O'Neal, who plays wide receiver and safety for head coach Jim Innis and the Argonauts, now has scholarship offers so far from Ball State, NIU and New Mexico.
SEC coach: 'The 2015 group just isn't very good'
So how has the football spring evaluation period, which started on April 15, gone so far? Not great.
"Last year we had coaches from across the country sitting in the lobby almost daily," one area head coach said. "This year I haven't seen one coach yet."
One SEC assistant coach recently told me, "Last year I spent four to five days in Illinois. This year I'll be there maybe two days, and I'll spend at least one of those days looking at 2016 and 2017 kids. The 2015 group just isn't very good, especially compared to the past few classes."