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    2013 Illinois Football Signees (National Signing Day)
    NamePosHTWTHometownHigh School
    Aaron BaileyQB6-2220Bolingbrook, Ill.Bolingbrook
    Jarrod ClementsDL6-3275Dayton, OhioTrotwood Madison
    James CrawfordDB6-2195Deerfield, Fla.St. Thomas Aquinas
    Caleb DayDB6-1190Hilliard, Ohio.Hilliard Darby
    Bryce DouglasDT6-2330Plainfield, Ill.Plainfield HS
    Jaylen DunlapDB6-1175Glenwood, Ill.Crete-Monee
    Kendrick FosterRB5-9190Peoria, Ill.Richwoods
    Michael HermosilloWR5-10200Ottawa, Ill.Ottawa
    Merrick JacksonDL6-2320Cahokia, Ill.Althoff Catholic
    Paul James IIIDL6-3240Miami, Fla.Norland
    Darwyn KellyDB6-1195Upper Marlboro, Md.H.D. Woodson
    Marchie MurdockWR6-1180Arlington, TexasLegacy
    Dawuane SmootDL6-3230Groveport, Ohio.Groveport Madison
    Dionte TaylorWR6-0170Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.University School
    Tyler WhiteTE6-5245Kalamazoo, Mich.Plainwell HS
     
    2013 Illinois Football Early Enrollees
    NamePosHTWTHometownHigh School
    Dillan CazleyDB5-10175Charleston, Ill.Charleston
    Jesse ChadwellOL6-5260Clarkston, Mich.Clarkston
    Christian DilauroOL6-5270Uniontown, OhioGreen
    Darius MoselyDB5-11185O'Fallon, Ill.O'Fallon Township
    Austin SchmidtOL6-6275Galena, OhioOlentangy
     
    2013 Illinois Football Junior College Signees
    NamePosHTWTHometownHS/JC
    Martize BarrWR6-0190Washington, D.C.Calvin Coolidge/Iowa Western CC
    Abe CajusteDT6-3290Miami, Fla.North Miami Beach HS/Victor Valley College
    Eric FinneySTAR6-1205Corona, Calif.Centennial HS/College of the Canyons (CA)
    Dallas HinkhouseOL6-5275Clive, IowaWest Des Moines Valley/Iowa Western CC
    Zane PettyS6-1190Corning, Calif.Corning HS/American River College
     

    // Signees (National Signing Day)

    Dionte Taylor // WR
    6-0, 170, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. / University HS
    High School Coach: Roger Harriot
    Intended Major: Business
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Jewell White - Assistant Dean, Admissions and Recruiting, College of Business

    High School: Three-star recruit by Rivals and 247 Sports ... Ranked as the No. 103 wide receiver in the nation by 247 Sports ... Helped University High win the Florida 3A state title as a senior with an undefeated 13-0 season ... Team was also named the 2012 MaxPreps Small School National Champion ... Team finished 2012 as top-ranked team in South Florida and No. 2 overall team in Florida ... Earned Associated Press 3A second-team all-state honors ... Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel All-County selection ... Miami Herald All-County pick ... As a senior, had 40 catches for 577 yards (14.43 yards per catch / 72.1 yards per game) and seven touchdowns ... As a junior, had 34 receptions for 530 yards and five touchdowns ... Four-year varsity letterwinner in football ... Also lettered in track in 2012.
    Personal: Born Sept. 29, 1993 ... Parents are Schreaka and John Taylor ... Nickname is "D.J." ... Chose Illinois over Nebraska, Syracuse, Central Florida, Louisville, Cincinnati and Boston College among many others ... Active in his school's art institute ... Favorite athlete is NFL quarterback Michael Vick because "he set a trend that led to a new breed of athletic quarterbacks."

    Merrick Jackson // DL
    6-2, 320, Cahokia, Ill. / Althoff Catholic HS
    High School Coach: Ken Turner
    Intended Major: Undecided
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Carrie Mulvaney - Academic Advisor, Division of General Studies

    High School: Three-star recruit by Rivals, Scout, ESPN and 247 Sports ... Ranked as the No. 18 player in the state of Illinois by ESPN, No. 30 by Scout, No. 21 by 247 Sports and No. 27 by Rivals ... Ranked as the No. 56 defensive tackle in the nation by 247 Sports ... As a senior, led Althoff to a runner-up finish in the IHSA 2A State Finals ... Racked up 87 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, three sacks and two touchdowns, one on a pick-six and the other as a goalline fullback, during senior season ... Named second-team All-State by the Chicago Tribune and first-team All-Metro by the St. Louis Post-Dipatch in 2012 ... Played in the 2012 St. Louis High School All-Star Classic, which pits St. Louis-area players from Illinois and Missouri against each other ...As a junior in 2011, posted 65 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, two sacks and two fumble recoveries ... Lettered three years in football.
    Personal: Born Dec. 6, 1994 ...Mother is Rosie Hall ... Favorite athlete is NFL great Ray Lewis "because he gets me pumped up."

    Jarrod Clements // DL
    6-3, 275, Dayton, Ohio / Trotwood Madison
    High School Coach: Maurice Douglass
    Intended Major: Accounting
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Jewell White - Assistant Dean, Admissions and Recruiting, College of Business

    High School: Three-star recruit by Rivals, Scout, ESPN and 247 Sports ... Ranked the No. 37 defensive end nationally and the No. 31 player in the state of Ohio by Scout ... Ranked as the No. 32 defensive end nationally and as the No. 38 player in Ohio by 247 Sports ... Ranked as the No. 20 player in Ohio by Rivals ... Limited to eight games during senior season due to injury but still totaled 39 tackles, six sacks and 10 tackles for loss on the year ... Helped team to state runner-up finish in 2012 ... Four-year letterman in football and three-year letterwinner in basketball.
    Personal: Born Dec. 3, 1994 ... Nickname is "Chunky" ... Father is Jarrod Clements Sr., and mother is Keisha Freeman ... Cousin, Roy Roundtree, was a receiver at Michigan ... Helped Dayton Dunbar HS to state basketball title ... Favorite athlete is NFL linebacker Ray Lewis "because he's so inspirational and leaves it all on the field." ... Named to his high school academic honor roll as a junior.

    Marchie Murdock // WR
    6-1, 180, Arlington, Texas / Mansfield Legacy HS
    High School Coach: Chris Melson
    Intended Major: Communication
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Jermaine Martinez - Professor, Department of Communication

    High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN and 247 Sports ... As a senior, caught 49 passes for 770 yards and 13 touchdowns and was named team MVP ... As a junior, caught 34 passes for 475 yards and five touchdowns ... As a sophomore, caught 18 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown ... Mansfield Legacy is in District 15-4A in Texas ... First-team All-District as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Named to the Fort Worth Star Telegram Super Team for Dallas-Fort Worth area ... District sophomore player of the year ... Lettered three years in football, three years in basketball and twice in track ... First-team All-District in basketball his final three years in high school.
    Personal: Born Jan. 7, 1995 ... Parents are Marchie Sr., and Cheryl Murdock ... Father played basketball at Arkansas State from 1982-85 and is the head boys basketball coach at Mansfield Legacy H.S. ... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Favorite athlete is NFL great Randy Moss ... Earned the Teacher's Choice Award for the 2010-11 school year ... Following his football career, would like to be a sports reporter ... Says his father most influenced his athletic career "because he pushed me to be great at what I do."

    Darwyn Kelly // DB
    6-1, 195, Upper Marlboro, Md. / H.D. Woodson HS
    High School Coach: Greg Fuller
    Intended Major: Business
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Jewell White - Assistant Dean, Admissions and Recruiting, College of Business

    High School: Three-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN and 247 Sports ... Ranked as the No. 4 player in Washington, D.C. by 247 Sports and the No. 5 player in D.C. by Rivals ... Ranked as the No. 66 safety in the nation by 247 Sports ... Had 72 tackles as a junior and 30 tackles in a shortened senior season at H.D. Woodson High School ... Totaled nine interceptions (five as a junior and four as a senior) his last two seasons ... Earned honorable-mention All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference honors as a junior ... Lettered in track as a sophomore and junior and all four years in football ... Played at Carroll High School of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference as a junior.
    Personal: Born June 10, 1995... Father is Darwin Kelly ... Mother is Chavella Kelly ... Biggest thrill in sports is returning interceptions for touchdowns, of which he had two against Wilson H.S. in 2012 (78 and 95 yards) ... Favorite player is NFL great Ed Reed ... Was on the Academic Honor Roll three years in high school ... Grew up following D.C. native Tavon Wilson's career at Illinois ... Says his father most influenced his athletic career by getting him involved in sports at an early age and encouraging him to do his best ... Is active in his church and has volunteered his time at a local soup kitchen in the D.C. area.

    Paul James III // DE
    6-3, 240, Miami, Fla. / Norland Senior HS
    High School Coach: Daryle Heidelburg
    Intended Major: Business
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Anthony Fontana - Associate Director, Admissions and Enrichment Academy, College of Business

    High School: Four-star recruit by ESPN and three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout ... Ranked No. 200 nationally and No. 41 in the state of Florida by ESPN ... Ranked as the No. 16 defensive end in the nation by 247 Sports and the No. 20 defensive end nationally by Rivals... Ranked as the 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 ... Favorite athlete is NFL great Ray Lewis "because of the way he plays and his successful career." ... Said his family most influenced his athletic career "because they remind me of the struggles I came from."

    Michael Hermosillo // WR
    5-10, 200, Ottawa, Ill. / Ottawa HS
    High School Coach: Trent Swords
    Intended Major: Communication
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Nicole LaVoie - PHD Candidate/Instructor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    High School: Three-star recruit by Scout, ESPN and 247 Sports ... Ranked as the No. 76 athlete in the nation and the No. 28 player in Illinois by 247 Sports ... Played running back in high school ... First-team All-State, first-team All-Big 12 Conference and Big 12 MVP as a senior ... Ottawa Times and LaSalle News-Tribune area player of the year in 2012 ... Chicago Bears Illinois High School Player of the Week the first week of the 2012 season ... Chicago Tribune Honorable Mention All-State ... As a junior, was the Big 12 MVP in football and baseball, first-team All-Big 12 and LaSalle News-Tribune Athlete of the Year ... Second-team All-State baseball player and Ottawa Times baseball player of the year ... Helped Ottawa to the state quarterfinals with 11-1 overall record and Big 12 championship ... Played in the Chicago White Sox Double Duty Classic All-Star Game as a sophomore and junior ... Helped Ottawa to the Big 12 football championship as a sophomore in 2010.
    Personal: Born Jan. 17, 1995... Parents are Krysta and Gilbert Hermosillo ... Uncle is former Major League pitcher Dave Stewart (A's, Dodgers, Phillies, Blue Jays and Rangers) ... Favorite athlete is Lebron James because "He's the best at what he does." ... Member of the National Honor Society while in high school ... Would like to have a career in broadcasting once he is finished playing football ... Says his father is the most influential person for his athletic career as he "pushed me to be great." ... Was on his high school academic honor roll all four years ... Considered a top baseball prospect.

    Kendrick Foster // RB
    5-9, 190, Peoria, Ill. / Richwoods HS
    High School Coach: Roland Brown
    Intended Major: Kinesiology
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Amy O'Neill - Undergraduate Advisor, College of Applied Health Sciences (Kinesiology and Community Health)

    High School: Three-star recruit by Rivals, Scout, ESPN and 247 Sports ... Won four letters in football and track and field while at Richwoods ... Totaled 6,401 yards (No. 5 in career rushing yards in Illinois history) and 78 touchdowns (73 rushing) with an average of 7.8 yards per carry during his high school career ... Had 13 career games with more than 200 yards rushing and 14 career TD runs of 50 yards or longer ... Rushed for at least 100 yards in 33 of 41 career games ... As a senior, rushed 236 times for 1,749 yards and 21 touchdowns ... As a junior in 2011, rushed 333 times for 2,421 yards (No. 10 single-season in Illinois history) and 33 touchdowns ... As a sophomore in 2010, rushed 232 times for 2,004 yards and 22 touchdowns ... As a freshman in 2009, rushed 20 times for 227 yards and two touchdowns ... Earned Champaign News-Gazette all-state honors as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Named All-State by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association as a senior ... Earned Peoria all-area and Mid-State 6 All-Conference honors as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Was Peoria Journal-Star Player of the Year as a junior and senior, the first repeat winner since the inception of the award in 1985 ... Played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl All-Star game, where he served as team captain of his team.
    Personal: Born April 19, 1994...Mother is Mindy Sullivan and father is James Foster ... Former Washington Redskin Charles Mann is a cousin of Kendrick ... Was a volunteer helping children at Friendship House ... Biggest thrill in sports was being selected captain of his football team ... Favorite athlete is NFL running back Adrian Peterson, saying "he inspires to bring the best of out me." ... Nominated for the African American Hall of Fame Museum in Peoria ...Most influential person in his life is his mother and has a goal of taking care of her some day.

    James Crawford // DB
    6-2, 195, Deerfield Beach, Fla. / Saint Thomas Aquinas
    High School Coach: Rocco Casollo
    Intended Major: Business
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Anthony Fontana - Associate Director, Admissions and Enrichment Academy, College of Business

    High School: Three-star recruit by 247 Sports ... Ranked as the No. 58 safety nationally by 247 Sports ... Earned all-state and all-county honors in 2012 ... Grabbed five interceptions and had 65 tackles as a senior while helping St. Thomas Aquinas to a 2012 state championship.
    Personal: Born Dec. 2, 1994... Mother is Molynn Allen and father is James Crawford, Sr. ... Father played football at Virginia Tech ... High school teammate of Illini running back Dami Ayoola ... Favorite athlete is NFL great Charles Woodson ... Earned Presidential Award his freshman year at St. Thomas Aquinas.

    Jaylen Dunlap // DB
    6-1, 175, Glenwood, Ill. / Crete Monee HS
    High School Coach: Jerry Verde
    Intended Major: Sport Management
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Lori Kay Paden - Undergraduate Advisor (Recreation, Sport and Tourism), College of Applied Health Sciences

    High School: Grabbed 10 interceptions during his varsity career ... Earned first-team all-area and first-team all-conference honors as a senior after helping to lead Crete-Monee to Class 6A state championship with 14-0 record in 2012 ... Earned three letters in football ... Academic honor roll as a senior.
    Personal: Born Aug. 28, 1995...Parents are Steven and Dena Dunlap ... Brother, Steven Jr., played football in college at Bowling Green from 2008-11 and is currently director of athletics at Catalyst Maria High School in Chicago ... Uncle, Keith Otis, played football for Northern Illinois from 2007-11 ... Grew up as a big fan of former Illini quarterback Juice Williams ... Favorite athlete is all-time great Deion Sanders because "he was a game-changer and the best to player the cornerback position."

    Bryce Douglas // DL
    6-2, 330, Plainfield, Ill. / Plainfield HS
    High School Coach: John Jackson
    Intended Major: Communication
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Jermaine Martinez - Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    High School: Three-star recruit by Rivals, Scout, ESPN and 247 Sports ... Ranked the No. 17 player in the state of Illinois by Scout ... As a senior, had 58 tackles, 10 quarterback sacks, 22 tackles for loss, one interception and one forced fumble ... Two-time Southwest Prairie Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... Earned all-state honors from the Champaign News-Gazette, American Family Insurance All-State Team, Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 7A and Chicago Tribune.
    Personal: Born Aug. 17, 1995...Parents are Bruce and Madge Douglas ... Father, Bruce, is one of the all-time great Fighting Illini basketball players in school history, with his honored jersey hung at the Assembly Hall and was Big Ten co-MVP in 1984 before playing in the NBA ... Besides his father, favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant ... Interested in broadcasting career after football career is over ... Father was most influential person in his athletic career ... Also an excellent basketball and baseball player ... Biggest thrill in sports is "winning and competing while helping one another push through obstacles and overcome them."

    Aaron Bailey // QB
    6-2, 220, Bolingbrook, Ill. / Bolingbrook HS
    High School Coach: John Ivlow
    Intended Major: Sports Broadcasting
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Jermaine Martinez - Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    High School: Four-star recruit by Rivals, Scout, ESPN and 247 Sports ... Ranked No. 135 nationally, No. 6 in the state of Illinois and the No. 11 quarterback in the nation by Scout ... Ranked No. 150 nationally, No. 4 in Illinois and the No. 9 quarterback Rivals ... Ranked No. 150 nationally and No. 6 in Illinois and the No. five quarterback by 247 Sports ... Special mention All-State by the Chicago Tribune in 2012 ... Missed several games as a senior with an injury ... As a junior, led Bolingbrook to the 2011 Illinois Class 8A state championship ... Rushed for just under 2,000 yards in 2011 to earn all-state honors.
    Personal: Born Nov. 30, 1994... Parents are Oliver and Sharitah Carter ... High school teammate of Illini offensive lineman Robbie Bain ... Favorite athletes are pro quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Tom Brady ... Says his parents were most influential people in his life for all the support they provided ... Grew up a big fan of former Illini quarterback Juice Williams ... Uncle is Trent Jackson, his mother's brother, who played basketball at Wisconsin ... Biological father is former NFL wide receiver Aaron Bailey.

     
    Caleb Day // DB
    6-1, 190, Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Darby HS
    High School Coach: John Santagata
    Intended Major: Undecided
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Anthony Fontana - Associate Director, Admissions and Enrichment Academy, College of Business

    High School: Four-star recruit by Rivals and three-star recruit by Scout, ESPN and 247 Sports ... Ranked No. 218 nationally, No. 12 in the state of Ohio and the No. 10 athlete in the nation by Rivals ... Ranked as the No. 23 athlete in the nation and the No. 25 player in Ohio by 247 Sports ... As a senior, had 45 tackles, five interceptions, 13 PBUs and two fumble recoveries to go along with 60 rushes for 463 yards and nine touchdowns, and 32 catches for 490 yards and six touchdowns ... Earned first-team All-State, first-team All-Metro, All-District and All-Ohio Central Conference honors as a senior ... As a junior, had 23 tackles with six PBUs and two fumble recoveries, plus 39 rushes for 261 yards and four touchdowns and 19 catches for 359 yards and five touchdowns ... All-Ohio Central Conference, All-District and honorable-mention All-State as a junior ... As a sophomore, had 31 tackles, four interceptions, eight PBUs and three fumble recoveries along with 52 rushes for 281 yards and two touchdowns and eight catches for 240 yards and four touchdowns ... Earned three letters in football, three letters in track and two letters in basketball at Darby ... State qualifier in 110 hurdles as a junior ... State qualifier in 300 hurdles as a sophomore ... Helped Darby to OCC championship as a senior.
    Personal: Born Jan. 21, 1995...Parents are Alex and Kristi Day ... Grandfather, Ted Day, played basketball at Central State University ... Involved in "Pals Tutoring" as a mentor to elementary children ... Father was the most influential person in his athletic career ... Lebron James is his favorite athlete ... Would like to be an athletic director following his football career.

    Tyler White // TE
    6-5, 245, Kalamazoo, Mich. / Plainwell HS
    High School Coach: Darren Conklin
    Intended Major: Business or Engineering
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Anthony Fontana - Associate Director, Admissions and Enrichment Academy, College of Business

    High School: Three-star recruit by Scout and 247 Sports ... Ranked as the No. 21 player in Michigan by Scout ... Ranked as the No. 53 tight end in the nation by 247 Sports and the No. 65 tight end in the nation by Scout ... As a senior tight end, had 19 catches for 263 yards and two touchdowns, along with 11 carries for 37 yards ... As a junior, had 36 carries for 287 yards and four touchdowns ... Earned All-Wolverine Conference honors as a senior ... Kalamazoo Gazette All-Area pick and All-Michigan Dream Team selection as a senior ... Named to the All-West Michigan team following his senior season ... Named to the "D Zone" All-Michigan offensive team as one of the top 30 players in the state.
    Personal: Born Jan. 12, 1995... Parents are Brian and Ronda White ... Participates in the North Park Reformed Church youth group ... Father was most influential in his athletic career because "he always told me I was going to be great even when others didn't." ... Named to the National Honor Society while in high school and will graduate in the top 20 of his class.

    Dawuane Smoot // DL
    6-3, 230, Groveport, Ohio / Madison HS
    High School Coach: Tim Brown
    Intended Major: Business
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Jewell White - Assistant Dean, Admissions and Recruiting, College of Business

    High School: Three-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN and 247 Sports ... Ranked as the No. 68 defensive end in the nation by 247 Sports ... Ranked as the No. 54 player in Ohio by Rivals ... As a senior, had 91 tackles, 14 sacks, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery ... As a junior, had 113 tackles, 10 sacks and four PBUs ... As a sophomore, had 56 tackles and six sacks ... Ohio Capital Conference first-team selection as a senior after earning special mention all-conference as a junior ... Was the defensive MVP at Madison as a junior and senior ... All-Metro second-team selection as a senior in 2012 ... Earned three letters in football and three in track during his high school career ... In track, competed at nationals in the shot put, discus and 400 hurdles.
    Personal: Born March 2, 1995... Goes by "D.J." ... Parents are Darrell Sr., and Jamecca Smoot ... Favorite athlete is NFL great Julius Peppers because of his style of play ... Was named to his high school academic honor roll as a senior ... Says his father most influenced his athletic career because "he pushed me to be the best."

    // Early Enrollees

    Dillan Cazley // DB
    5-10, 175, Charleston, Ill. / Charleston HS
    High School Coach: Brian Halsey
    Intended Major: Community Health
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Amy O'Neill - Undergraduate Advisor (Kinesiology and Community Health), College of Applied Health Sciences

    High School: Three-star recruit by Scout, Rivals and ESPN ... Ranked as No. 20 senior in Illinois by Rivals ... First-team All-Apollo Conference as a junior and senior ... Honorable-mention all-state ... First-team academic all-state ... Charleston HS defensive MVP ... Charleston advanced to state semifinals with 11-2 record as a junior and reached the second round as a senior with a 9-2 mark ... Missed four games as a senior with an injury, but still compiled 70 tackles and three interceptions ... As a junior, had 126 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and four kickoffs returned for touchdowns ... As a sophomore, had 30 tackles and one kickoff return for a TD ... Also ran track and won Apollo Conference 100 and 200 meter dashes as a junior ... 4x100m relay team advanced to state meet as a junior.
    Personal: Born Nov. 23, 1994, in Harvey, Fla. ... Mother is Geneva Cazley ... Community service activities include coaching seventh-grade basketball, volunteering with Special Olympics, volunteering at Life Span Center and being active in his church youth group ... Biggest thrill in sports is returning kickoffs for touchdowns ... Favorite athlete is NFL star Chris Johnson ... Named to the National Honor Society during his junior year ... Named to his high school high honor roll as a junior and senior ... Brother, Keithon Hedrich, played football at Eastern Illinois and served as the biggest influence on his athletic career.

    Jesse Chadwell // OL
    6-5, 260, Clarkston, Mich. / Clarkston
    High School Coach: Kurt Richardson
    Intended Major: Business
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Jewell White - Assistant Dean, Admissions and Recruiting, College of Business

    High School: Three-star recruit by Scout, ESPN and 247 Sports ... Ranked as the No. 26 senior in Michigan by 247 Sports ... As a senior, earned second-team all-state honors ... Also first-team All-OAA Conference, first-team All-Metro North and first-team all-suburban teams ... Earned second-team all-conference honors as a junior ... Clarkston won the OAA and district championship in 2012, finishing with 11-1 record ... Team won the OAA title and finished 9-3 as a junior ... Was a three-year starter for Clarkston.
    Personal: Born March 31, 1995 ... Parents are Jamie and Kim Chadwell ... Favorite athlete is NFL star Jake Long ... Named to his high school honor roll all four years in high school ... Says his father had the biggest influence on his sports career, working with him in any way possible ... Would like to enter law enforcement once his football career is completed.

    CHRISTIAN DILAURO // OL
    6-5, 270, Uniontown, Ohio / Green HS
    High School Coach: Ed Cybak
    Intended Major: Accounting
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Anthony Fontana - Associate Director, Admissions and Enrichment Academy, College of Business

    High School: Three-star recruit by Scout, Rivals and ESPN ... First-team All-Suburban League as a junior and second-team as a senior ... Honorable mention All-Northeast Ohio as a senior ... Played tight end and defensive line in high school ... Had 21 receptions for 198 yards and one touchdown as a senior, along with 27 tackles, five tackles for loss, one interception and two PBUs ... Had 19 receptions for 290 yards and one TD with 37 tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss as a junior ... First-team All-Suburban League in track and field as a junior in shot put and discus.
    Personal: Born Nov. 11, 1994 ... Father is Matt Dilauro ... His uncle, Joe Dilauro, and father both played football at Toledo ... Favorite athlete is Chicago Bears star Brian Urlacher ... Earned his high school team's Scholar-Athlete Award as a senior ... Would like to be an accountant following his football career ... Credits his father as the person who most influenced his athletic career because "he was always pushing me to be better."

    DARIUS MOSELY // DB
    5-11, 185, O'Fallon, Ill. / O'Fallon Township HS
    High School Coach: Brandon Joggerst
    Intended Major: Computer Science
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Jewell White - Assistant Dean, Admissions and Recruiting, College of Business

    High School: Four-star recruit by ESPN and three-star by Scout and Rivals ... Ranked as No. 10 senior in Illinois by Rivals ... Ranked No. 37 cornerback in nation by Rivals and No. 34 CB by Scout ... Earned three letters in football, two in basketball and one in track ... Earned first-team all-state honors as a senior ... First-team All-Southwestern Conference in 2011 and 2012, including Co-Player of the Year as a senior ... First-team Metro East All-Area and St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Area honors as a senior ... Named to the Class 7A All-State Academic team as a junior ... Southwestern Conference All-Scholar-Athlete as a junior ... Third-team all-conference as a sophomore ... Helped lead O'Fallon to the state playoffs all three years on varsity, helping his team to a conference co-championship as a junior and a conference title as a sophomore ... Had 1,126 yards receiving (16.3 ypc) and caught 10 touchdowns in 2012 ... Also had 33 tackles, one interception, two punt returns for touchdowns and one kickoff return for TD in 2012 ... Had 630 yards in receptions with five touchdowns, 50 tackles, four interceptions (three returned for touchdowns) and one fumble recovery for a touchdown as a junior ... Had 37 tackles with one interception and two fumble recoveries as a sophomore.
    Personal: Born Sept. 15, 1994 ... Parents are Delano and Deondra Mosely ... Named to the National Honor Society ... Says his biggest thrill in sports is returning punts and interceptions for touchdowns ... Favorite athlete is Robert Griffin III because of his ability as a leader and ability to be so elusive ... Named to the academic honor roll all four years in high school.

    AUSTIN SCHMIDT // OL
    6-6, 275, Galena, Ohio / Olentangy HS
    High School Coach: Ed Terwilliger
    Intended Major: Engineering
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Bruce Litchfield - Professor and Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs, College of Engineering

    High School: Three-star recruit by Scout and ESPN ... Earned first-team All-Ohio Capital Conference, first-team All-District, first-team All-Metro and special mention All-State honors in 2012 ... Named to the Super 25 Team by Olentangy News in Ohio ... Helped Olentangy to second round of state playoffs with 10-2 record in 2012 ... Earned two letters playing football in high school.
    Personal: Born Feb. 8, 1995 ... Parents are Glen and Dawn Schmidt ... Father played football at Towson State ... Brother, Garrett, played football at Dartmouth ... Biggest thrill in sports is the "feeling of game day" ... Julio Jones is his favorite athlete ... Earned Scholar-Athlete Award as a junior and senior ... Says his father and brother, Garrett, played biggest role in his athletic career, as he always wanted to follow in their footsteps.

    // Junior College Signees

    MARTIZE BARR // WR
    6-0, 190, Washington, D.C. / Calvin Coolidge HS / University of New Mexico / Iowa Western Community College
    Remaining Eligibility: Will have 2 years to play 2 starting in 2013
    Junior College Coach: Scott Strohmeier
    High School Coach: Jason Lane
    Intended Major: Communications
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Anthony Fontana - Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions, College of Business

    College/Junior College: Three-star recruit by Rivals ... Ranked the No. 26 junior college wide receiver in the nation by 247 Sports ... Transferred to Iowa Western for the 2012 season after two seasons at the University of New Mexico ... Had 31 receptions for 498 yards (16.1 ypc) and five touchdowns in 2012 ... Helped lead Iowa Western to the NJCAA national championship and a Midwest Football Conference (MFC) title with a perfect 11-0 record ... Played in 10 games at New Mexico in 2011, making eight catches for 79 yards and rushing for 40 yards on six carries on the season ... Also started five games at safety and had 21 tackles, two TFLs and 2 PBUs ... Played in the Lobos' 2010 season-opener at Oregon but suffered a hand injury that forced him to sit out the rest of the year.
    High School: Helped Coolidge compile a 23-12 record over his final three years, including a playoff berth in 2008 ... Had 35 receptions for 563 yards and six TDs as a senior in 2009 ... First-team D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association selection by The Washington Post and named one of the top 60 players in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area (DMV) after making 51 catches for 1,000 yards and nine TDs as a junior in 2008 ... Also scored twice on punt returns in 2008 ... Was a sprinter for the Colts' track team ... Made the honor roll in 2009.
    Beckman on Barr: "Martize brings a lot of game experience to our group of wide receivers. He has played on both sides of the ball at the Division I level and spent this past season in a very explosive offense at Iowa Western. Martize will work extremely hard to help the Fighting Illini in every way possible. He won a national championship this year, and that is the type of guys we want in our program."

    ABE CAJUSTE // DT
    6-3, 290, Miami, Fla. / North Miami Beach HS / Central Connecticut State / Victor Valley College (CA)
    Remaining Eligibility: Will have 2 years to play 2 starting in 2013
    Junior College Coach: Dave Hoover
    High School Coach: Jeff Bertani
    Intended Major: Communications
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Jermaine Martinez - Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    College/Junior College: Three-star recruit by Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports ... Ranked the No. 20 junior college defensive tackle in the country by 247 Sports ... Played in only six games in 2012, totaling 14 tackles and a half-TFL ... Played in eight games in 2011, making 17 tackles and four TFLs ... Redshirted the 2010 season at Central Connecticut State before transferring to Victor Valley ... One of the most sought after defensive tackles nationally.
    High School: Helped North Miami Beach win district championships in 2006 and `07.
    Beckman on Cajuste: "Abe gives us a big body on the defensive line. He will help add depth with the departure of several key seniors from the line. Abe's strength and his get-off were the things that we noticed when we originally watched the film. He plays to the echo of the whistle on every snap."

    ERIC FINNEY // STAR
    6-1, 205, Corona, Calif. / Centennial HS /College of the Canyons (CA)
    Remaining Eligibility: Will have 3 years to play 3 starting in 2013
    Junior College Coach: Garrett Tojague
    High School Coach: Matt Logan
    Intended Major: Kinesiology
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Amy O'Neill - Undergraduate Advisor, College of Applied Health Sciences (Kinesiology and Community Health)
    Junior College: Sat out the 2012 season due to injury ... Played in seven games in 2011, making 19 tackles with one TFL, one interception and one pass break-up.
    High School: Played wide receiver in high school before switching to defense in college.
    Beckman on Finney: "Eric is a big safety that can play the star position for us. He is a big athlete who runs extremely well and will provide depth and competition on the defensive side of the ball, as well as on special teams. Getting Eric here for spring ball was a huge priority for us."
    DALLAS HINKHOUSE // OL
    6-5, 275, Clive, Iowa / West Des Moines Valley HS / Iowa Western Community College
    Remaining Eligibility: Will have 3 years to play 2 starting in 2013
    Junior College Coach: Scott Strohmeier
    High School Coach: Gary Swenson
    Intended Major: Communications
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Annie White - Football Academic Advisor

    Junior College: Three-star recruit by Rivals ... Ranked as the No. 4 junior college offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals (JCgridiorn.com) and No. 18 by 247 Sports ... First-team NJCAA All-American in 2012 after helping Iowa Western to the NJCAA National Championship and a Midwest Football Conference (MFC) title with a perfect 11-0 record ... Helped pave the way for an Iowa Western offensive that led the nation in points per game (62.8) and yards per game (598.4) in 2012 ... Team went 9-2 and averaged 482 yards per game in 2011.
    High School: Two-time CIML Iowa All-Conference selection ... All-Des Moines Team selection as a senior.
    Beckman on Hinkhouse: "We're excited to have Dallas join the program. We graduated two key players on the offensive line that played a lot of football in their careers here. Dallas comes from a great program in Iowa Western where he learned how to work and compete for the last two seasons. He has played in two bowl games and won a national championship, making him exactly the kind of guy we want involved in our program."

    ZANE PETTY // S
    6-1, 190, Corning, Calif. / Corning HS / Colorado State University / American River College (CA)
    Remaining Eligibility: Will have 2 years to play 2 starting in 2013
    Junior College Coach: Jerry Haflich
    High School Coach: John Studer
    Intended Major: Kinesiology
    Illinois Academic Recruiting Assistant: Amy O'Neill - Undergraduate Advisor, College of Applied Health Sciences (Kinesiology and Community Health)

    College/Junior College: Ranked the No. 11 junior college safety in the country by 247 Sports ... Played in 11 games and racked up 90 tackles, seven interceptions - including one pick-six - and one fumble recovery as American River went 8-3 in 2012 ... Was first-team All-Valley Conference in 2012 ... Totaled 50 tackles and four interceptions in 2011 ... Originally went to Colorado State and redshirted the 2010 season before transferring to American River.
    High School: Played on both sides of the ball at Corning HS, leading the team with five interceptions as a senior ... Also returned punts and kicks throughout his high school career.
    Beckman on Petty: "Zane brings a lot of playing experience to a young secondary. He fills a critical need for us with the departure of several key seniors in the defensive backfield. We are excited to see Zane develop into a physical safety in our defense."

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