Football
Ten 2013 Signees Start Classes at Illinois

 
Tim Beckman
Tim Beckman
 

Jan. 14, 2013

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman announced that 10 members of the 2013 recruiting class started spring semester courses on Monday. Five mid-year high school graduates - defensive backs Dillan Cazley (Charleston, Ill.) and Darius Mosely (O'Fallon, Ill.) and offensive linemen Jesse Chadwell (Clarkston, Mich.), Christian Dilauro (Uniontown, Ohio) and Austin Schmidt (Galena, Ohio) - join five junior college transfers who were announced on Dec. 19.

"All of our early enrollees who started classes today are outstanding players who fill areas of need," Beckman said of the newest Illini. "The fact that five young men graduated high school early in order to get started here speaks volumes for their character as well as the academic support system that we have in place here at the University of Illinois. It shows that they're willing to go above and beyond and will do whatever it takes to succeed at this level."

Cazley, Chadwell, Dilauro, Moseley and Schmidt join junior college transfers wide receiver Martize Barr, defensive tackle Abe Cajuste, star Eric Finney, offensive lineman Dallas Hinkhouse and safety Zane Petty as early enrollees in the class of 2013. Beckman and his staff will complete the 2013 recruiting class on Feb. 6, the first day of the regular football signing period.

"I'm excited about all 10 student-athletes who started their college careers today," Beckman said. "To bring in 10 guys early, that's probably one of the highest numbers in the country. I'm very proud of the coaching staff and our academic staff for the way they recruited these young men and got them to believe in Illinois football and where we're headed. The fact that they're starting classes this week and getting to experience college football this spring will be huge for them as they compete for playing time in 2013."

 

 2013 Illinois Football Early Enrollees
Name  Pos.   Ht.   Wt.  Hometown/High School 
Dillan Cazley DB 5-10 175 Charleston, Ill./Charleston
Jesse Chadwell OL 6-5 260 Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston
Christian Dilauro OL 6-5 270 Uniontown, Ohio/Green
Darius Mosely DB 5-11 185 O'Fallon, Ill./O'Fallon Township
Austin Schmidt OL 6-6 275 Galena, Ohio/Olentangy

 2013 Illinois Football Junior College Signees
Name  Pos.   Ht.   Wt.  Hometown/High School/Last College 
Martize Barr WR 6-0 190 Washington, D.C. / Calvin Coolidge HS / Iowa Western CC
Abe Cajuste DT 6-3 290 Miami, Fla. / North Miami Beach HS / Victor Valley College (CA)
Eric Finney STAR 6-1 205 Corona, Calif. / Centennial HS / College of the Canyons (CA)
Dallas Hinkhouse OL 6-5 275 Clive, Iowa / West Des Moines Valley HS / Iowa Western CC
Zane Petty S 6-1 190 Corning, Calif. / Corning HS / American River College (CA)

 

PROFILES OF THE NEWEST ILLINI:

Dillian Cazley head shot 68x100DILLAN 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 signing day headshot 68x100JESSE 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 signing day head shot 68x100CHRISTIAN 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 signing day head shot 68x100DARIUS 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 signing day head shot 68x100AUSTIN 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.


Martize Barr 2012 JC Signing Day head shot 68x100MARTIZE BARR (pronounced mar-TEZ)
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 2012 JC Signing Day head shot 68x100ABE CAJUSTE (pronounced ka-JUST)
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 2012 JC Signing Day head shot 68x100ERIC 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 2012 JC Signing Day head shot 68x100DALLAS 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 2012 JC Signing Day head shot 68x100ZANE 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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