Pre-Signing Day overview: Illinois recruiting class

Pre-Signing Day overview: Illinois recruiting class
January 28, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Edgy Tim

Rivals.com current team recruiting ranking? 63

In state commitments?

Nick Allegretti, Lincoln-Way East - Three-star ranked interior offensive linemen who had a standout senior season for the Griffins and head coach Rob Zvonar. Also had a very strong US Army Bowl week.

Matt Domer, Mount Carmel - Three-star ranked and back-to-back state champion. Domer was a consensus All-State player and is easily one of the best in-state gets for the Illini.

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Mike Dudek, Neuqua Valley - Three-star ranked slot receiver was one of the most productive players in Illinois over his career at Neuqua Valley. Has terrific speed and quickness. Can be a game-breaker type.

Julian Hylton, Lincoln-Way North - Three-star ranked athlete recruit was brought in to play defensive back for Illinois. Was a standout running back for the Phoenix and head coach George Czart at North.

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Malik Turner, Sacred Heart-Griffin - Three-star ranked receiver missed much of his junior year due to injuries. Turner is an athletic and big receiver who also posted a great 2013 season for the Class 5A state champion Cyclones.

Highest ranked recruit according to Rivals.com? Allegretti is a three-star ranked recruit according to Rivals.com and is also the 8th best offensive center recruit in the nation per Rivals.com positional rankings.

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A name to watch? Turner struggled with injuries during his junior season at Sacred Heart Griffin, and that kept him a bit under the recruiting radar. When healthy, Turner has all of the tools to become a major target for the Illini. Turner is also a big body with speed and off the charts athletic abilities.

Thoughts on the Illinois class? The Fighting Illini have done a solid job in state with this group, yet Illinois is still in search of landing that one or two major headline name/top level in-state recruits. While I feel no one will ever be able to completely lock up this state when it comes to football recruiting, if the Fighting Illini could land say five out of the Top 20 each recruiting class? That would no question be an accomplishment in many eyes.