Top 2016 RB Back on Campus

O'Fallon junior running back Kentrail Moran has been a frequent visitor at Illinois and made another trip to Champaign for junior day.

One of the top running backs in the Midwest in 2016, and Scout's #153 ranked player in the nation in the junior class Kentrail Moran has made numerous visits to Illinois. The O'Fallon (IL) tailback is a highly sought-after prospect who is garnering offers from some of the best programs in the Midwest and beyond.

Illinois was the second program to offer Moran, preceded only by Northern Illinois, but the Illinois staff has been relentless in their pursuit of the workhorse back, and it has caught Moran's attention.

On this visit, like many of the others, Moran spent time one-on-one with Illinois head coach Tim Beckman, who emphasized the impact that Moran could have by staying in his home state for college.

"He was talking to me about staying home and taking ownership of the team," he said.

The relationship with Illinois has been forming for a while, but has blossomed a lot more lately with the way the Illini staff has made Moran a priority.

"(The relationship) has grown a lot," he said. "It's like I can talk to them about anything, and that's what type of relationship I want to have with coaches. It's not just about football. It's about them helping me grow into a better young man and get my degree first and foremost."

The priority and effort the Illinois staff has placed into recruiting Moran has not gone unnoticed. Moran acknowledged that Illinois is recruiting him the hardest of any school right now, and he appreciates that.

He said, "I mean, it shows that I'm really what they are wanting in their program."

Moran is right, too. He is one of the best running backs prospects in the state of Illinois in a while, and has the ability to be an every-down back with versatility to make him a threat in both the running and the passing games.


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