Flavin is still slender and will need a year or so in the Illini weight program to gain the strength and weight necessary for Big 10 play. But few linemen possess his qualities as a lineman. He is considered a major addition for the program.
Flavin was highly recruited and made a concerted effort to visit all the schools showing an interest in him. His decision was finalized after visiting the Illini last weekend and realizing all the benefits of playing in his home state.
At one time, Flavin was considered a Notre Dame lean, but he was never offered a scholarship by them. ND's loss is the Illini's gain.
The Illini now have six offensive linemen committed for the February, 2011 signing period. Other linemen expected on campus next fall include Scott McDowell, Tony Durkin, Ted Karras, Chris Boles and Hunter Wells.