Illini Add to Wealth of TE's

Junior college prospect Ainslie Johnson committed to Illinois just ahead of the JUCO signing period and joins a large and talented group of tight ends in Champaign.

One of the deepest position groups on the Illinois roster is at tight end. However, with two of their top players at the position in Matt LaCosse and Jon Davis graduating at the end of the year, the Illini are reloading at that spot, and in a big way.

On Monday, Norwalk (CA) Cerritos JC tight end Ainslie Johnson, who visited just nine days prior, decided to commit to the Illini and join Caleb Reams of Gurnee-Warren and Andrew Davis of Iowa Western CC as tight ends committed to Illinois.

Johnson, originally from Anaheim (CA) Servite, a program not unfamiliar with putting major talent into the D1 ranks on a regular basis, transferred to Cerritos JC after high school to continue his career and prepare for another shot at the D1 ranks.

On tape, Johnson shows the versatility of playing both a traditional tight end and an H-Back type role. With the talent on the Illinois roster now, it is likely that he ends up as more of an H-back like Jon Davis, which would allow for one of the incoming guys to be redshirted if need be and allow further development before hitting the field.

Johnson will have three years in which to play two seasons once he gets to Champaign and physically brings a prepared body ready to handle the challenges of the Big Ten.


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