Head coach Jim Heffernan announced the signing of Kentucky high school star Caleb Ervin to a national letter of intent.
Nov. 17, 2010
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois head coach Jim Heffernan announced Wednesday the signing of Caleb Ervin (Morganfield, Ky./Union County H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period. Ervin, a two-time Kentucky state champion, will join the Fighting Illini in the fall of 2011. He is projected to wrestle at 149 or 157 pounds.
"Caleb is a great fit for our program," Heffernan said. "He is a very motivated young man with high goals and the desire to be successful at the highest level. He is from a very strong wrestling family and has great support from home. Caleb represents the type of person we want to have in the Illinois wrestling program."
Ervin has dominated the Kentucky wrestling scene for most of his high school career and also has become nationally regarded, earning the No. 8 ranking in Amateur Wrestling News' preseason high school rankings at 145 pounds. In addition, he is Intermat's No. 86 national recruit. Ervin went 56-0 last year in earning the 2010 Kentucky High School Athletic Association title at 140 pounds, scoring bonus points in all five of his bouts at the state tournament with a major decision, two technical falls and two pins. Ervin also won the 2009 KHSAA title at 130 pounds and finished second at 130 pounds in 2008, helping Union County win a Kentucky state team title.
The Union County High School star is unbeaten since his freshman year, including a 62-0 campaign in 2009, for a 118-match unbeaten streak since placing second in the state tournament as a freshman. Ervin also won the National High School Coaches Association sophomore national championship in 2009, earning the award for most falls in the least amount of time with four falls in 11:06 along the way. Ervin is a member of the National Honor Society at UCHS and plans to major in engineering at Illinois.