Jon Davis Shares Why He Picked Illinois

Ron Zook has a knack for pulling a rabbit out of the hat on signing day. This year that trick produced a stellar athlete out of the state of Kentucky, and Illini fans are excited about his decision.

Jon Davis was on Illinois radar early in his recruitment, but he committed to Kentucky pretty early in the process. In similar fashion to 2009, Zook was able to sway a Louisville area athlete (Justin Green) at the last minute. So what made Davis make the switch from Kentucky to Illinois?

"It came down to picking the best school for me," Davis told the Louisville Courier-Journal. "And that's what Illinois brought to me."

Davis was happy with Kentucky but saw better opportunities at Illinois. He weighted his priorities both on and off the field.

"Off the field it's one of the best schools in the country. On the field I think I can contribute right away."

Illinois football's upswing has caught the attention of many recruits and is a large reason the talent level is rising. Davis took notice and believes Illinois is on the right track.

"First, they want me on offense. This year they won a bowl game, so I'm really excited about what the future brings for me at Illinois."

Having to tell Kentucky he was changing his mind wasn't easy. Like Illinois, Kentucky made him feel at home and feel welcome.

"It's definitely difficult being committed for so long and having everybody at Kentucky welcome me. It was really hard."

Though there was a lot of speculation that Davis wouldn't go to Kentucky in the week approaching signing day, Davis didn't officially decommit until Wednesday.

"I did it right before I announced."

The other finalist for Davis was hometown school Louisville. Just as much speculation was made that Davis could end up at Louisville as well. Though it wasn't his final choice, he did still speak well of the Cardinals.

"They're a great school and a great program with Coach (Charlie) Strong. Possibly win the Big East for years to come. It just came down to Illinois being stronger for me."

Now that he's signed, Davis feels a weight has been lifted off his shoulders.

"This past three weeks has been the hardest by far, but I'm really relieved."

Davis gave the Illini their 27th signee, capping off a class that has Illini Nation excited for what is to come.

Illini Inquirer Top Stories