Illinois Camp News And Notes

Plenty of high school football talent came out to Champaign Friday for the 7-on-7 tournament and the Big Man Camp, check out the latest news and notes inside.

Perhaps the biggest news of the day was the newest offer out to Illinois legacy Bryce Douglas, whose father, Bruce Douglas, played basketball for the Illini.

Douglas was offered a scholarship during Friday's Big Man Instructional Camp -- and accepted it on the spot.

"It's great, and I'm accepting it no matter what," Douglas told InsideIllini's Jack Lyman. "It's a great opportunity. My dad went here, my mom went here. I hope to keep the legacy going by having my kids come here. I'm excited."

But Douglas didn't quite overshadow the top-notch play of several teams in pool play.

With fifteen different 7-on-7 games going on at any one time all around campus, there were plenty of standouts, below are just a few.

AWP All-Stars team play was highlighted by it's defensive play, namely by Tvvel Jemison out of Bishop Luers High in Fort Wayne, Ind., cornerback Nick Reese, and Concordia linebacker Michael Hicks. Reese came away with two big picks in the first game, and later confirmed that his goal for the tournament was reading the quarterback's eyes better. I'd say mission accomplished.

AWP had two guest players, Chicago area 2014 prospects linebacker Nile Sykes and receiver Ian Bunting. Both proved to fit in well with the team -- Sykes batting down several passes, and Bunting catching just about everything thrown at him.

Both Sykes and Bunting eventually took a tour of the campus and facilities.

Another standout on the day was 2014 quarterback Grant Sherman of Kenton High (Ohio). Sherman is a prospect that hasn't had a lot of playing time under center, he spent last year backing up Maty Mauk -- but this year he seems primed for a breakout year. His throwing motion was a bit unconventional, but every throw he made was on target -- right on target.

Highly recruited receiver and defensive back Matt Harris says a decision is coming this summer, but just picked up offers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern and several others. Harris made some big plays on both sides of the ball Friday, including a big fourth down stop as he batted down a pass against Wheaton North.

Wheaton North and O'Fallon Christian (Mo.) are also worth noting -- both went undefeated in pool play. Wheaton North behind the play of 2014 quarterback Clayton Thorson, and O'Fallon Christian's standout 2014 receiver Deantrell Prince.

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