Beckman introduced the 2014 Signing Class at a Monday press confernece.
Feb. 5, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman announced Wednesday the signing of 12 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play football for the Fighting Illini in 2014. The 12 newest Illini join six other newcomers who are already on campus taking classes - four early enrollees and two junior college transfers - in the 18-man 2014 recruiting class.
"The 2014 recruiting class addresses all of our needs in a big way," Beckman said. "Three of the most pressing areas were wide receiver, defensive line and linebacker, and we added quality football players at each position. I thought our coaching staff did an outstanding job of evaluating recruits very early, which allowed us to sign some of our top in-state targets at the positions of need. This is not a big class because of the small group of seniors who just finished their careers, but it is a high quality class."
2014 Illinois Signing Class Facts
18 student-athletes - 13 out of high school and five from junior colleges, 12 skill position players and six linemen
State Breakdown - 5 from Illinois, 4 from Florida, 3 from Ohio, 2 from Pennsylvania and 1 each from California, Kansas, Texas and Wisconsin
10 of the 18 signees are from "Illini Nation" - within a six-hour radius of Champaign-Urbana
139 total state playoff game appearances
Four players from the Chicagoland area (Allegretti, Domer, Hylton and Dudek)
Seven state champions (in nine title game appearances)
One junior college national champion (Allison)
Two signees played in an All-American All-Star Game (Allegretti in U.S. Army Bowl, Watson in Blue-Gray Bowl)
Allegretti is the first U.S. Army All-American Bowl participant to sign with Illinois since Justin Green in 2009
Combined grade-point average of the class is 3.34 and includes two valedictorians (Roberts, Watson)
Eight signees have over a 3.0 GPA, including two perfect 4.0s
The 2014 class includes 13 student-athletes right out of high school and five from junior colleges, 12 skill players and six lineman, and features five players from the state of Illinois, four from Florida, three from Ohio, two from Pennsylvania and one each from California, Kansas, Texas and Wisconsin. The class is ranked 53rd nationally and tied for ninth (out of 14) in the Big Ten by Rivals based on average stars.
The full list of the 2014 signing class. Click a player name for bio and highlights.
|2014 University of Illinois Football Signees (18)|
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown/High School/Last College|
|Nick Allegretti||OL||6-4||300||Frankfort, Ill. / Lincoln-Way East HS|
|Geronimo Allison *||WR||6-3||185||Tampa, Fla. / Spoto HS / Iowa Western CC|
|Chayce Crouch *||QB||6-4||225||Granville, Ohio / Newark Catholic HS|
|Peter Cvijanovic *||OL||6-6||280||Concord Township, Ohio / Benedictine HS / East Coast Prep|
|Matt Domer||RB||5-11||190||Hazel Crest, Ill. / Mount Carmel HS|
|Mike Dudek *||WR||5-11||180||Naperville, Ill. / Neuqua Valley HS|
|Joe Fotu *||DL||6-3||275||San Leandro, Calif. / San Leandro HS / Laney Community College|
|Julian Hylton||DB||6-0||190||Tinley Park, Ill. / Lincoln-Way North HS|
|Chris James||DB||5-11||185||Orange, Texas / West Orange-Stark HS|
|Paul James III *||DL||6-3||240||Miami, Fla. / Norland HS|
|Henry McGrew||LB||6-3||235||Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley HS|
|Tito Odenigbo||DL||6-3||275||Centerville, Ohio / Centerville HS|
|Carroll Phillips||LB||6-3||225||Miami, Fla. / Miami Central HS/Coiah Lincoln CC|
|Austin Roberts||LB||6-2||220||Rice Lake, Wis. / Rice Lake HS|
|Tyrin Stone-Davis||WR||6-3||195||Philadelphia, Pa. / Mastbaum Area VTS / Pierce College (Calif.)|
|Malik Turner||WR||6-3||205||Springfield, Ill. / Sacred Heart-Griffin HS|
|Jihad Ward||DL||6-6||285||Philadelphia, Pa. / Edward Bok Vo-Tech HS / Globe Tech (NY)|
|Tre Watson||LB||6-2||240||Tampa, Fla. / Tampa Catholic HS|