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Height / Weight: 6-4, 300
Hometown: Frankfort, Ill.
At Lincoln-Way East High School
  • 2013 U.S. Army All-American
  • 3-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports
  • Ranked the No. 8 center in the nation by Rivals and Scout, and the No. 11 center in the nation by 247sports
  • Ranked the No. 19 player in Illinois by Scout and No. 20 by Rivals
  • Consensus first-team All-State and Chicago Sun-Times All-Area in 2013 after anchoring an offense that averaged over 30 points per game and reached the class IHSA 7A quarterfinals
  • Had 56 pancake blocks in 2013 and 125 career pancakes
  • IHSFCA and Champaign News-Gazette All-State
  • 3-time All-Southwest Suburban Blue selection
  • Did now allow a sack during his entire junior and senior seasons
  • Four-year letterwinner in wrestling and was a state qualifier as a junior
  • Had a 35-1 wrestling record in 2014 as of Feb. 4.
Personal
  • Full name is Nicholas Allegretti
  • Born April 21, 1996
  • Son of Carl and Tammy Allegretti
  • Has one brother, Joey, who is a student at Illinois
  • Father played football at Butler University and is the Chairman and CEO of Deloitte Tax LLP
  • Two uncles also played football at Butler
  • Honor roll student
  • National Honor Society member
  • Two-time academic All-State
  • Says he loved watching former Illini QB Juice Williams play while growing up
  • Says Lincoln-Way East alum and current Washington Redskins OL Adam Gettis is his favorite athlete.
Height / Weight: 6-3, 185
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
At Iowa Western Community College
  • Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports
  • No. 7 junior college WR by Rivals and No. 73 overall JUCO prospect by Rivals
  • No. 15 JUCO wide receiver and No. 88 overall JUCO player by 247Sports
  • 2013 second-team Junior College All-American and first team All-Midwest Football Conference
  • Led team to an 11-1 record in 2013, including win over No. 5 Butler in Graphic Edge Bowl
  • Led MWC in catches (69), yards (872) and touchdowns (8)
  • Team finished 2013 No. 2 in NJCAA final national poll
  • Helped Iowa Western win 2012 NJCAA National Championship with 11-0 record alongside current Illini Martize Barr and Dallas Hinkhouse
At Spoto High School
  • 26 receptions for 567 yards (21.8 ypc) and four touchdowns as a senior
  • Did not play football as a sophomore or junior
  • Also lettered two years in baseball
Personal
  • Born Jan. 18, 1994
  • Son of Melissa Golver
  • Has one brother
Height / Weight: 6-4, 225
Hometown: Granville, Ohio
At Newark Catholic High School
  • Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports
  • No. 23 QB in the nation by Rivals and No. 27 by 247Sports
  • No. 28 player in Ohio by 247Sports and No. 31 by ScoutingOhio.com
  • All-State in 2012 and 2013
  • Threw for more than 4,700 yards and 40 touchdowns and rushed for over 1,000 yards and 29 touchdowns with a 25-6 career record as a starter
  • Threw for 1,956 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for another 600 yards and 17 TDs while leading Newark Catholic to an 11-2 record as a senior in 2013
  • Led Newark Catholic to runner-up finish at OHSAA Division VI state championship
  • Four-year varsity letterwinner in football, three-year letterwinner in basketball and baseball
  • Batted over .400 and helped team to 2012 state baseball title
  • Averaged 13 points per game and was a three-time all-region selection in basketball
Personal
  • Full name is Troy Edward Crouch
  • Goes by Chayce
  • Born May 15, 1995
  • Son of Troy and Traci Crouch
  • Father played basketball and mother played softball at Shawnee State University
  • Has three brothers
  • Honor roll student
Height / Weight: 6-6, 280
Hometown: Concord Township, Ohio
At East Coast Prep (Massachusetts)
  • Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals and 247Sports
  • No. 9 prep school player in the nation by 247Sports
At Benedictine High School
  • 2012 All-Ohio Division III Special Mention and Division III Lake District first team
  • Played in Cleveland Browns East-West All-Star game and the Cleveland News-Herald All-Star game
Personal
  • Born March 16, 1995
  • Son of Frank and Annemarie Cvijanovic
  • Has three brothers including older brother, Simon, who will be a senior offensive lineman for the Illini in 2014. Simon has made 26 starts during his first three seasons at Illinois
Height / Weight: 5-11, 190
Hometown: Hazel Crest, Ill.
At Mount Carmel High School
  • 3-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports
  • Ranked the No. 24 running back in the nation by Scout
  • Ranked No. 22 in Illinois by Scout and No. 24 by ESPN.com
  • Led Mount Carmel to back-to-back state championships in 2012 and '13
  • First-team IHSFCA All-State, Northwest Indiana Times Offensive Player of the Year and Catholic League Blue Lawless Award Winner (POY) in 2013 after rushing for 1,467 yards and 16 touchdowns on 185 carries (7.8 ypc)
  • Also had seven catches for 170 yards and one TD and a 94-yard kickoff return TD in 2013
  • Rushed for 1,380 yards and 20 TDs on 155 attempts (8.8 ypc) in 2012 to earn second-team All-State honors
  • Helped team to 2011 Prep Bowl Championship
  • Three-year letterwinner in both football and track & field.
Personal
  • Full name is Matthew Domer
  • Born September 22, 1995
  • Son of Michael Sr., and Deadre Domer
  • Has two brothers and three sisters
  • Says his favorite athlete is Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton because he was the best running back to ever play
  • Lists Juice Williams as his Fighting Illini hero growing up.
Height / Weight: 5-11, 180
Hometown: Naperville, Ill.
At Neuqua Valley High School
  • Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports
  • No. 23 player in Illinois by ESPN.com
  • 2,361 yards of total offense (196.8 ypg) and 23 touchdowns in 2013
  • First-team All-State honors from the IHSFCA, Chicago Tribune and Champaign News-Gazette
  • Caught 69 passes for 1,384 yards (20.1 ypc) and 19 TDs, rushed 30 times for 260 yards (8.7 ypc) and three TDs, and returned 21 kickoffs for 692 yards (33.0 ypr) and two TDs in 2013
  • Had 1,345 total yards - including 894 receiving yards - and 16 TDs as a junior in 2012
  • Five kick return TDs in high school career (four kick return, one punt return)
  • Career record-holder for receptions, receiving yards and TDs at Neuqua Valley
  • Also ran track at Neuqua Valley
Personal
  • Born Aug. 21, 1995
  • Son of Rick and Lynn Dudek
  • Has one brother, Danny, who plays football at University of Dayton
Height / Weight: 6-3, 275
Hometown: San Leandro, Calif.
At Laney Community College
  • Three-star recruit by 247Sports
  • No. 11 junior college defensive end in the nation and No. 54 player in California by 247Sports
  • Had 23 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in 2013
At San Leandro High School
  • Had 34 tackles, 6.0 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, one interception and one blocked field goal in 2010
Personal
  • Full name is Siosifa Fotu
  • Goes by Joe
  • Born April 29, 1994, in the Kingdom of Tonga
  • Son of Will and Toa Mafi
  • Has three brothers and one sister
  • Wants to be a fire fighter
  • Also played basketball and club rugby in high school
Height / Weight: 6-0, 190
Hometown: Tinley Park, Ill.
At Lincoln-Way North High School
  • 3-star recruit by Rivals and ESPN.com
  • Ranked the No. 28 player in Illinois by ESPN.com and No. 31 by Rivals
  • Was a dominating running back in high school but is projected by most as a DB in college
  • Rushed for 2,522 yards and 32 touchdowns on 349 carries (7.2 ypc) in 2013 to earn first-team IHSFCA All-State, Chicago Sun-Times All-Area and All-Southwest Suburban Red honors
  • Also added 16 tackles and an interception on defense while leading team to the IHSA class 6A quarterfinals in 2013
  • Rushed for 1,186 yards and 20 TDs on 155 carries (7.7 ypc) in 2012
  • Scored 342 career points
  • Four-year letterwinner in football, basketball and track & field
  • 2013 IHSA class 3A state runner-up in the 100m dash (10.79).
Personal
  • Full name is Julian A. Hylton
  • Born Dec. 29, 1995
  • Son of Richard and Karla Harris Hylton
  • Has one sister.
Height / Weight: 5-11, 185
Hometown: Orange, Texas
At West Orange-Stark High School
  • Beaumont Enterprise 2013 Super Gold First Team, calling him "One of the best man cover corners in southeast Texas."
  • First-team All-District 21 3A honoree in 2013 after leading team to 11-2 record
  • Had 58 tackles, three interceptions, one sack and returned on fumble for a touchdown on defense, while rushing for 685 yards and eight touchdowns on 108 carries (6.3 ypc) and catching 17 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns in 2013
  • Played in only two games in 2012 due to injury
  • Played at Ozen High School in Beaumont, Texas, in 2011
  • Three-year football letterwinner and four year track & field letterwinner
  • State qualifier in 4x100m relay and 4x200m relay in 2012.
Personal
  • Full name is Christopher Q. James, Jr.
  • Born Oct. 13, 1995
  • Son of Chris and Felica James
  • Has two brothers and five sisters
  • Honor roll student
  • Lists Deion Sanders as his favorite athlete because he's "a beast at corner".
Height / Weight: 6-3, 240
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
At Norland Senior High School
  • Initially signed with Illinois in February 2013 and started training camp in August 2013, but had to delay enrollment until January 2014
  • Four-star recruit by ESPN and three-star by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports
  • No. 200 nationally and No. 41 in the state of Florida by ESPN in 2013
  • No. 16 defensive end in the nation by 247 Sports and the No. 20 defensive end nationally by Rivals
  • No. 60 player in the state of Florida by 247 Sports
  • All-Dade County pick by Miami Herald
  • No. 3 recruit from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties by Miami Herald
  • Florida 5A second-team All-State selection
  • Helped lead the Vikings to the 2012 Florida 5A state championship
Personal
  • Born Aug. 4, 1994
  • Mother is Niquita Wooden and father is Paul V. James Jr.
  • Uncle, Prentice James, played football at Hofstra
  • Said his family most influenced his athletic career "because they remind me of the struggles I came from."
Height / Weight: 6-3, 235
Hometown: Overland Park, Kan.
At Blue Valley High School
  • 3-star recruit by ESPN.com
  • Ranked the No. 30 inside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com
  • Ranked the No. 8 player in Kansas by ESPN.com and No. 15 by 247sports
  • Led team to back-to-back Kansas 5A state titles in 2012 and '13
  • Consensus first-team All-State and first-team All-Eastern Kansas League
  • Had 159 tackles, 83 solos, 3.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and two touchdowns in 2013
  • Tallied 109 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles and eight touchdowns in 2012
  • Also lettered in basketball and track & field.
Personal
  • Full name is George Henry McGrew
  • Goes by Henry
  • Born Jan. 6, 1996
  • Son of George and Kathleen McGrew
  • Has one brother and one sister
  • Says his favorite athletes are Tim Tebow, because of his faith and work eithic, and Ray Lewis, because he's relentless.
Height / Weight: 6-3, 275
Hometown: Centerville, Ohio
At Centerville High School
  • 3-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports
  • Ranked the No. 69 defensive end in the nation by ESPN.com
  • Ranked the No. 39 player in Ohio by ESPN.com
  • Had 63 tackles and 11.5 sacks in 2013 while leading team to an 8-3 record
  • Honorable mention All-State and first-team All-District in 2013
  • Had 43 tackles and nine sacks in 2012
  • Two-time first-team Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC)
  • Three-year letterwinner in track and field
  • Helped track team to runner-up finish at the 2011 OHSAA Division I state championships.
Personal
  • Full name is Otitodilinna Odenigbo
  • Goes by Tito
  • Born July 13, 1996
  • Son of Thomas and Linda Odinigbo
  • Father graduated from the University of Illinois College of Engineering
  • Has two older brothers
  • Brother, Ifeadi, plays defensive end for Northwestern University
  • Attends same high school as A.J. Hawk and Mike Nugent of the NFL, ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit and former Illini OL Jake Feldmeyer
  • Says his high school track coach most influenced his athletic career because he kept him on track academically and was a mentor
  • Says he grew up a fan of the Fighting Illini and former QB Juice Williams.
Height / Weight: 6-3, 225
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
At Copiah Lincoln Community College
  • 3-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals and 247Sports
  • Ranked the No. 12 junior college outside linebacker by ESPN.com and No. 13 by 247sports
  • Played in eight games in 2013 totaling 50 tackles, eight TFLs, four sacks, three pass break-ups, one interception that was returned for a touchdown and one fumble recovery.
At Miami Central High School
  • A high school senior in 2011, he originally signed with Cincinnati when current Illini defensive coordinator Tim Banks was the DC for the Bearcats
  • Helped lead Miami Central to 2010 Florida Class 6A state championship with a 14-1 record
  • Had three tackles and a sack in the championship game.
Personal
  • Born Sept. 2, 1992
  • Son of Carroll Phillips and Ta-Taneisha Brown
  • Has three brothers and one sister
  • Says his favorite athlete is Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker and Miami native Sean Spence.
Height / Weight: 6-2, 220
Hometown: Rice Lake, Wis.
At Rice Lake High School
  • 3-star recruit by ESPN.com
  • Ranked the No. 33 inside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com
  • Ranked the No. 9 player in Wisconsin by ESPN.com, No. 11 by Scout and No. 13 by 247sports
  • Suffered a torn ACL in the third game of his 2013 season
  • Had 152 tackles, 97 solos, seven forced fumbles, two pass break-ups, one interception and one fumble recovery that he returned 62 yards for a touchdown in 10 games as a junior in 2012
  • First-team All-State, All-Northwestern Wisconsin and All-Big Rivers Conference in 2012 as a linebacker, second-team all-conference as a tight end in 2012
  • Three-year letterwinner in both football and wrestling
  • All-American USA Wrestler after finishing third at USA Wrestling nationals and finishing third at the state championship at 220 lbs. as junior
  • Wrestling state qualifier at 195 lbs. as a sophomore.
Personal
  • Born March 28, 1996
  • Son of Kevin and Denise Roberts
  • Has two brothers and one sister
  • Lists Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson as his favorite athlete because he overcomes adversity and still competes at the highest level
  • 4.0 GPA Award and Blue Award for high GPA
  • Says he grew up with Dick Butkus as his Fighting Illini hero
  • Active in FCCCA, Student Council, National Honor Society and Warriors for Christ Youth Group.
Height / Weight: 6-3, 195
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
At Pierce College (Calif.)
  • Four-star recruit by 247sports and three-star by ESPN.com, Rivals and Scout
  • Ranked the No. 25 junior college player in the nation, No. 5 in the state of California and the No. 3 wide receiver by 247Sports
  • Ranked the No. 56 player in the nation in the 247Sports composite JUCO rankings
  • Played nine games in 2012, racking up 437 receiving yards and five touchdowns
  • Redshirted the 2013 season, meaning he’ll have three years of eligibility remaining at Illinois
  • Helped Pierce to a 2012 Patriotic Bowl Championship over Mt. San Jacinto College.
At Mastbaum Area Vocational Technical School
  • Broke Mastbaum receiving records with 31 receptions for 769 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior in 2011 to earn All-City honors
  • Also added three interceptions on defense.
Personal
  • Born July 25, 1993
  • Son of Astor Davis and Tracee Burnett
  • Has five brothers and three sisters
  • Twin brother, Tyree, also played at Pierce College.
Height / Weight: 6-2, 205
Hometown: Springfield, Ill.
At Sacred Heart-Griffin High School
  • 3-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals and Scout... Ranked the No. 32 player in the state of Illinois by Rivals, No. 38 by ESPN.com and No. 41 by Scout
  • Had 69 receptions for 1,378 yards (19.9 ypc) and 22 touchdowns while leading Sacred Heart-Griffin to the IHSA class 5A state championship with a perfect 14-0 record
  • First-team IHSFCA All-State and Central State Eight Conference Player of the Year in 2013
  • First-team All-Central State Eight in 2011 and 2012
  • Four year letterwinner in football and basketball.
Personal
  • Born Jan. 30, 1996
  • Son of Edward Turner and Margaret Paulin
  • Has two brothers and three sisters
  • Springfield Urban League Scholar
  • Says his mom most influenced his athletic career because "she showed me how hard you have to work to get something you want."
Height / Weight: 6-6, 285
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
At Globe Institute of Technology (NY)
  • 4-star recruit by Scout and 247Sports
  • 3-star recruit by Rivals and ESPN.com
  • Ranked the No. 6 junior college player in the nation by 247sports, No. 23 by Scout and No. 35 by ESPN.com
  • Ranked the No. 2 junior college defensive tackle by 247sports, No. 7 by Scout and No. 9 by ESPN.com
  • Played in seven games in 2013, racking up 26 tackles, three TFLs and two sacks
  • Had 55 tackles and eight sacks in 2012.
At Edward Bok Vo-Tech High School
  • Also played wide receiver in high school
  • Played in Philadelphia Eagles Public vs. Non-Public City All-Star game at Lincoln Financial Field in spring 2012
  • First-team All-City in 2011 and second-team All-City in 2010.
Personal
  • Born March 11, 1994
  • Son of Kareema Ward
  • Has two brothers and two sisters
  • Says his favorite athlete is NFL star Julius Peppers
  • Lists his high school coaches as the biggest influences on his athletic career.
Height / Weight: 6-2, 240
Hometown: Tampa. Fla.
At Tampa Catholic High School
  • 3-star recruit by ESPN.com and Scout
  • Had 164 tackles, 96 solos, 11.5 TFLs, 8.5 sacks, 46 QB hurries, six passes defended, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one interception in 2013 to earn first-team Class 3A All-State Elite honors by FloridaHSFootball.com and second-team all-state honors by the Orlando Sentinel and Tampa Bay Times
  • Also had 11 receptions for 192 yards in 2013
  • Helped lead team to 3A state semifinals and to a district title in 2013
  • Named Defensive MVP of the 2014 Blue-Gray All-America Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa
  • Totaled 161 tackles, 25.0 TFLs, 16.5 sacks, six fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles, two blocked punts and one interception in 2012
  • Named all-state and all-county by the Tampa Bay Times.
Personal
  • Born July 5, 1996
  • Son of Tim and Christa Watson
  • Has one brother and one sister
  • Father played football at Howard University and had a five-year NFL career, playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles from 1993-97
  • Uncle, Cedric Watson, played football at Marshall Univesity
  • Honor roll member all four years
  • Active in Health Occupation Students of America, National Honor Society, Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society and National Beta Club in high school National Honor Society
  • Lists NBA basketball player Blake Griffin as his favorite athlete because "he is the most physically dominant player and puts on a show for the fans."
2014 Signing Class
NameTime
Tyrin Stone-Davis | WR11:08 am
Jihad Ward | DL10:40 am
Chris James | DB10:21 am
Matt Domer | RB10:10 am
Malik Turner | WR9:03 am
Carroll Phillips | LB8:20 am
Julian Hylton | DB8:10 am
Henry McGrew | LB7:54 am
Austin Roberts | LB7:26 am
Tito Odenigbo | DL7:19 am
Nick Allegretti | OL7:10 am
Tre Watson | LB6:01 am
Geronimo Allison | WRDec
Chayce Crouch | QBDec
Peter Cvijanovic | OLDec
Mike Dudek | WRDec
Joe Fotu | DLDec
Paul James III | DLDec
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