Five That Flashed

CHAMPAIGN - Five players that stood out Friday during Illinois' Big Man/7-on-7 camp.

I focused on the offense Friday during Illinois' Big Man/7-on-7 camp, so this list is comprised solely of players on that side of the ball. Here's the list...

Gabe Megginson - The 2015 offensive lineman (Jacksonville, Ill.) obviously had a good day. He did so well that Illinois offered him following the day's work, his second Big Ten offer in as many weeks.

Megginson stood out both in individual drills and during one-on-one competition. He displayed good footwork and quickness and went hard to the whistle in every rep I watched. He knew the staff was eying him, and he wasn't going to waste the opportunity.

He's listed at 6-foot-5, 290, but, at least to me, Megginson looks like he could easily gain more weight and maintain his ability to move well.

Jimmy Fitzgerald - The local standout was the best quarterback I watched Friday. He recently picked up an offer from Yale after Illinois was the first school to offer in May, so there was a buzz about the kid on the sideline as many of us took the chance to see him.

The first thing that stood out to me was his size and look. He's at least 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, has a strong build and looks older than a rising junior in high school.

I liked his ability to look defensive backs off and then turn and make throws. He has good touch, but one knock I jotted down was that almost every throw was of the finesse variety. That was mostly due to the type of routes his receivers were running, but I wanted to see the kid wind up and throw a few. That didn't happen in the game I watched.

Still, the kid looked good, especially throwing to the right side of the field. He made a few throws on the run as well, keeping his throwing technique sound while moving out, each time on the run to the right.

I'd like to see how good of an arm he has before I make any serious judgements, but I did like Fitzgerald's body language and the way he led the offense. Centennial was 3-1 in it's first four games, so that's always a plus.


Centennial '15 QB Jimmy Fitzgerald

Quinn Oseland - This 6-foot-6, 310-pound lineman looked like a man out there Friday, his size legit and his presence obvious as he stood in line for his turn in each drill.

The 2015 Sacred Heart product had a good day, in my opinion, moving well for a kid his size. I personally thought he might be in line for an offer, but it I guess the staff wants to continue to evaluate him as he's just a rising junior. Still, Oseland is one to watch. He could pick up major offers if he continues to improve and impress.

Malik Turner - This 2014 wide receiver from Sacred Heart tweaked something early in the action and was limited for some of the day. That's too bad because he was impressive during the brief look I saw.

He was physically the best looking receiver I saw all day, a solid 6-foot-2, 210 pounds with more room to grow. He's holds an offer from Illinois and for good reason. He made things look easy for the most part, as his speed was deceptive to me. He didn't look like he was running that hard but he motored past people with ease.

He made quite a few catches in the two games I watched before he had to sit out with what looked like a minor shoulder injury. Still, he did enough to show me he deserves the Illini offer. Probably will pick up more, too.


Sacred Heart '14 WR Malik Turner

Dyrrah Christon - While this 2015 Kankakee High (Ill.,) athlete lacks size, he's not short on playmaking ability. He might be 5-foot-8, but he's built well and can play multiple positions.

He's predominately a running back that's been clocked at 4.41 in the 40. Obviously in the 7-on-7 setting, tailbacks don't get to show their best skills, but Christon proved to be a threat in the passing game, too. He has good hands and played well out of the slot.

I saw him playing defense as well, so there's plenty of options for him as he moves forward. If he adds some size, I think he could be in play to make a name for himself before his time is done at Kankakee.


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