Domer Part of 'Equation for Success'

Running back Matt Domer says he willing to take on the responsibility for a positive turn at Illinois.

Matt Domer didn't need to affirm his verbal commitment to Illinois or see anything to make sure he'd made the right choice.

The 2014 running back from Chicago Mount Carmel has been set on his in-state choice for months. He took his official visit to the Illinois campus this past weekend with a different mindset than usual.

"This visit was more about me getting the actual feel for being at the school and being with the team and coaches," he said. "Soon I will be here every day with them and we are going to become one big family, and that's a relationship I wanted to start on now before I come down as an official student athlete."

That's a mature take from one of the more mature figures in the current class. Domer and his teammates recently won a state title, the second in as many years. The 6-foot, 185-pound three-star says his high school coaches taught him how to be a leader, a winner and a better person. Those are characteristics he says will translate and show up at the college level.

"I want to bring that over to our in-state school and team," he said. "We have a lot of commits that are similar to myself that are leaders and winners and putting us all together can only be an equation for success. To be a major factor in a positive turn around for the school is an honor and a responsibility my future teammates are willing to take."

Domer acknowledges the Illini program he's joining in June is still rebuilding. That challenge is fine with him. He's been onboard since early July and has worked hard to strengthen the crop of kids that will join him.

"All the commits talk to each other all the time," he said. "We are already really close and we haven't even been together yet. We are already like brothers and that's an advantage we will have coming in. We make everyone feel welcome who commits, and we want everyone who we can get to be a part of us so we do extra recruiting ourselves."

The Illini recently lost rising senior tailback Donovonn Young due to transfer. That could mean Domer is in line for a contributing role in Bill Cubit's offense earlier than expected. While quarterbacks and passing have drawn the most conversation since Cubit's arrival, Domer is equally excited about his opportunity in the current scheme.

"Coach Cubit is a fun person and an honest person who keeps it real," he said. "I like that a lot in a coach, and the offense he runs is perfect for me. It's an offense for an all-purpose back, and that's the type of back I am."

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