Illini Add Defensive Back to Class of 2010

Illini head coach Ron Zook stands with his newest signee, Fritz Rock (left).
Illini head coach Ron Zook stands with his newest signee, Fritz Rock (left).

July 30, 2010

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois head football coach Ron Zook announced the addition of defensive back Fritz Rock (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) to the 2010 recruiting class Friday. Rock is a 6-0, 200-pound player who helped lead Wayzata to a Minnesota Class 5A state championship in 2008, his senior year. Rock was named the MVP of the state championship game that year. He was rated a three-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout, and was rated the No. 7 prospect in the Minnesota Postseason Top 10 in January 2009.

"We are extremely excited to add Fritz to our team at this late date," Illinois head coach Ron Zook said. "He is an exceptional athlete who has shown great work ethic to get his academics in order, and he has experience competing at the highest level of high school football in Minnesota."

Rock posted a 4.57 forty-yard dash and a 32-inch vertical leap at the 2008 U.S. Army Junior Combine, and starred on both sides of the ball in the 2008 Minnesota Class 5A state title game. In that contest, he caught six passes for 48 yards and a touchdown, ran twice for 17 yards, threw a 14-yard touchdown pass and recorded eight tackles on defense. Rock will be eligible to play in the fall of 2010.