Top RB Goes Illini!

Illinois coaches are riding the wave of momentum from a strong finish to the 2015 class and scored a key target in 2016 on Saturday when O'Fallon (IL) 4-star RB Kentrail Moran picked Illinois.

It was an exciting day in Champaign on Saturday. Spring football back in action, and the Illini started it with a bang on the recruiting front, landing 4-star O'Fallon (IL) running back Kentrail Moran.

Moran, who the 23rd-ranked back in the nation and is ranked at #278 in the Scout 300, Made a big statement by picking the Illini. Illinois was the first to offer the in-state back and were persistent in their pursuit of the talented junior.

Moran also held offers from Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Louisville, Michigan, Kansas, Syracuse, and Northern Illinois. However, he felt most at home with the Illini.

Moran came into his visit Saturday with the intention to commit. And in a cool moment during practice, Moran, in front of many of his future teammates, gave a literal verbal commitment to the University of Illinois. Check it out here:

I don't know that he expected to end up on Jihad Ward's shoulders when he visited, but the reaction of the players was something Moran really appreciated.

"It was really nice," Moran said of the cheers when he committed. "I thought they really liked it."

And though he likely would have drawn in more major offers had he waited, Moran saw what he wanted in a school, and felt Illinois was the right fit for him.

"I like it because it's close to home, I have a good chance to play right away, and I can get my degree," he said.

The staff as a whole has done an excellent job with recruiting the last few months, and with Moran, it was receivers coach Mike Bellamy who led the charge.

Moran also said he now plans to do a little recruiting of his own to help build the rest of the 2016 class around him. One player he may target is offered teammate and top-ranked kicker Tucker McCann, who just picked up a scholarship from Illinois to go with offers from Alabama and Missouri.


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\r\nI don't know that he expected to end up on Jihad Ward's shoulders when he visited, but the reaction of the players was something Moran really appreciated.\r\n

\r\n\"It was really nice,\" Moran said of the cheers when he committed. \"I thought they really liked it.\"\r\n

\r\nAnd though he likely would have drawn in more major offers had he waited, Moran saw what he wanted in a school, and felt Illinois was the right fit for him.\r\n

\r\n\"I like it because it's close to home, I have a good chance to play right away, and I can get my degree,\" he said.\r\n

\r\nThe staff as a whole has done an excellent job with recruiting the last few months, and with Moran, it was receivers coach Mike Bellamy who led the charge.\r\n

\r\nMoran also said he now plans to do a little recruiting of his own to help build the rest of the 2016 class around him. One player he may target is offered teammate and top-ranked kicker Tucker McCann, who just picked up a scholarship from Illinois to go with offers from Alabama and Missouri.\r\n

\r\n","mobileBody":"It was an exciting day in Champaign on Saturday. Spring football back in action, and the Illini started it with a bang on the recruiting front, landing 4-star O'Fallon (IL) running back Kentrail Moran.

Moran, who the 23rd-ranked back in the nation and is ranked at #278 in the Scout 300, Made a big statement by picking the Illini. Illinois was the first to offer the in-state back and were persistent in their pursuit of the talented junior.

Moran also held offers from Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Louisville, Michigan, Kansas, Syracuse, and Northern Illinois. However, he felt most at home with the Illini.

Moran came into his visit Saturday with the intention to commit. And in a cool moment during practice, Moran, in front of many of his future teammates, gave a literal verbal commitment to the University of Illinois. Check it out here:

Congrats @IlliniFootball you are getting a great one in O'Fallon's @Wooda_Moran24 #Illini #OTown #PantherPride pic.twitter.com/XJSWKSalRh

— Coach Dave Gan (@ganno65) March 14, 2015

I don't know that he expected to end up on Jihad Ward's shoulders when he visited, but the reaction of the players was something Moran really appreciated.

\"It was really nice,\" Moran said of the cheers when he committed. \"I thought they really liked it.\"

And though he likely would have drawn in more major offers had he waited, Moran saw what he wanted in a school, and felt Illinois was the right fit for him.

\"I like it because it's close to home, I have a good chance to play right away, and I can get my degree,\" he said.

The staff as a whole has done an excellent job with recruiting the last few months, and with Moran, it was receivers coach Mike Bellamy who led the charge.

Moran also said he now plans to do a little recruiting of his own to help build the rest of the 2016 class around him. One player he may target is offered teammate and top-ranked kicker Tucker McCann, who just picked up a scholarship from Illinois to go with offers from Alabama and Missouri.

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