Spearman Has Special Affinity For Illini

While the Fighting Illini football team hasn't obtained a commitment yet, no surprise since 2013 recruiting has just begun, it has made a strong impression with a number of outstanding prospects. Chicago Simeon's Reggie Spearman is already quite impressed and is apparently waiting for an official offer before siding with his state school.

Reggie Spearman has visited Illinois twice in the last month. It is an understatement to say he is comfortable in Champaign-Urbana.

"I love it here. It's very exciting. The coaching staff here is really good. It feels like home and like family. I like it a lot."

Asked if he might want to commit right away, the Chicago Simeon linebacker appears to be waiting on an offer.

"You'll have to talk to Coach Beckman about that. But I wouldn't mind playing here at all."

Spearman, younger brother of former Simeon basketball star Brandon Spearman, has the qualities coaches seek in linebackers.

"I can make that big play. I can move around real well. I'm real versatile on the ball field. I can do it all. I can play linebacker, I can play end, and I can play inside the box too."

He believes he can become faster with proper training.

"I definitely want to get my speed down. My speed is a 4.6, but by the time I get to college I want to make that a 4.5 or 4.4."

That would be tremendous for a college linebacker. Weighed and measured upon his arrival for his Illini visit, Spearman is continuing to grow.

"I'm 6'-3", and my weight right now is 217."

What is he looking for in a school?

"I'm looking for a good community, somewhere I can do it all. Somewhere I can get a good education and play with a good football team. I'm majoring in auto mechanics right now, so I want to keep doing that in college too."

While waiting for the Illini, Spearman plans multiple visits to consider alternatives.

"I'm going down to Minnesota, the University of Pittsburgh, Bowling Green, Ball State... I'm going to be traveling a lot.

The Illini are putting in the work in his recruitment.

"Coach Clinkscale is recruiting me hard, but the whole coaching staff is talking to me. I really like it. Coach Clinkscale is a real great guy. Of the people at our school, he checks me out the most, and I really appreciate it."

As usual, Simeon will be loaded next year. Five teammates visited Illinois recently, and at least two others are considered high major prospects.

"We're ready for next year. I got my players with me, and we're ready to go."

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