Official Visit Primer: 1/23

Illinois is set to host a quality group of recruits on campus this weekend for official visits. Here's a look at each of the players descending on Champaign.

With National Signing Day less than two weeks away, recruiting is at a fever pace, and Illinois is hoping to close strong with the 2015 class. Check out this breakdown of the prospects expected on campus this weekend.

RB - Keshawn Vaughn

The 4-star running back from Nashville (TN) Pearl-Cohn High School has burst onto the Illinois radar late in the process, but a back of his caliber is hard to refuse. On Wednesday evening, Vaughn stated that he had narrowed his list to Purdue, West Virginia, and Illinois. Currently, he does not have a visit scheduled to Purdue, and the Illini managed to snag a visit from him this weekend. Vaughn is a physical back and his toughness would be a welcome addition to the Illini backfield.


*NR* LEO - Sean Adesanya

Adesanya is a guy who benefitted from going the JUCO route from an exposure and development standpoint. Adding significant weight to his good frame and improving his athleticism overall at a proven junior college has allowed him to develop into a legitimate D1 prospect. Adesayna picked up an offer from Pittsburgh in the last couple days and has a visit scheduled to see the Panthers next weekend. Can Illinois convince him that he only needs this weekend's visit and that Illinois is the place for him?


WR - Donta Thompson

The Illinois coaches have always thought highly of Thompson, but with A.D. Miller committed, the numbers weren't in favor of adding Thompson to the class. Now that Miller is no longer committed, Illinois may be looking to add another Texas pass-catcher with some serious ball skills to the 2015 class. Thompson was clutch in Ennis' state championship victory this year, and his combination of size and speed make him a considerable mismatch against DBs.


LB - Dominic Sheppard

The current Wisconsin commit has opened the door again on his recruitment and is taking some visits, one of which is to Illinois. Sheppard is a big, physical linebacker who hits like a ton of bricks. Mason Monheim will be a senior this coming season, and Illinois will likely be looking for an enforcer across the middle to manage the power run games of several teams in the Big Ten. For now Sheppard is still listed as a soft verbal to Wisconsin, but with him scheduling a couple of visits, it's possible he ends up somewhere else. Can the Illini flip him this weekend?


DT - Jamal Milan

Illinois was one of the first schools to extend an offer to the Chicago-area defensive tackle. It's clear that Illinois is looking to bolster the defensive front, including the defensive line, as they close the 2015 class. Milan has long been one of the top targets on the recruiting board, and now he is finally making his official visit after having to back out of his visit this fall. With space limited, Milan may have to act quickly, but with Illinois' needs at DT, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him become a part of this class, though his Minnesota visit last weekend left him very impressed with the Gophers.


DT - Jeremiah Culbreth

Culbreth, who scout lists as an OT, is also projected by some programs, Illinois included, to line up on the defensive side of the ball in college. Culbreth is currently committed to Georgia Southern, but if any program has a shot at flipping the massive Culbreth, it's Illinois. And with spots filling up quickly, Culbreth may need to make that call before he leaves Champaign.


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