Friday evening Illinois football brought spring practice to the Chicago area, and took the field under the lights at Homewood-Flossmoor. The Illini spent two hours in a full-pads practice open practice with plenty of onlookers from the area.
The night was chilly, but one of the advantages of bringing practice to the Chicago area, is that prospects don’t have to travel very far to see the Illini practice.
Some of the recruits in attendance were Homewood-Flossmoor junior quarterback Bryce Gray, junior offensive lineman Desmond Bland, sophomore offensive lineman Jamezz Kimbrough, St. Rita linebacker Malcolm Fox, Warren freshman wide receiver Micah Jones, senior tight end and Illini signee Caleb Reams, Plano defensive lineman Tommy Brown, Chicago Phillips linebacker Amani Jones, and Joliet Catholic lineman Tyler Witt.
“I think it’s just good for them to come out and give everyone an opportunity to see them practice, being one of the closest Big Ten teams. I think it focuses recruitment for the Chicagoland area. And I like the way they promote their program,” Fox said.
Plus, the practice was a good opportunity for prospects to see the pace of the Illini's position groups and a collegiate practice.
“I loved the intensity of the practice, the team looked like they were ready to compete at a high level this year,” Fox said.