The first commitment of the day came from wide receiver Dominic Thieman out of the Sunshine State.
WR Dominic Thieman
Measurables:6'2", 180 lbs.
School: Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas
Also Held Offers From: Army, Cincinnati, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Idaho, Jacksonville State, Miami (OH), New Mexico, Ohio, Southern Illinois, Southern Miss, UCF
Thieman is a big-bodied receiver from one of the most perennially-talented high school programs in the country. Thieman has great hands and excels at high-pointing passes and coming down with tough catches.
He isn't a blazer by any means, but he uses his long stride to create separation from the DB and does a very good job of locating the ball out of his breaks.
HIs film is very reminiscent of the film of current Illinois receiver Malik Turner, another rangy WR who has a knack for bringing down the tough catches.
Thieman will need to improve his footwork out of his breaks on comeback routes, but he already displays great body control, both in his routes and in the air.
Simms is a mauler on the offensive line. Standing at every bit of his listed 6'5", 310 pounds, he is surprisingly mobile, often pull-blocking from his right tackle position. His ability to get to the second level makes him a vital asset in the run blocking game.
Simms' likely future rests on the interior of the offensive line. He's a finisher and drives through defenders with force. Simms is a little heavy on his feet right now and will need to work on his agility, but his frame, aggressive play, and strength make him a quality pick-up for the Illini.
DL Joshua Black
If you're trying to find defensive highlights of Josh Black, you won't find much. Up until this past season, Black primarily played offensive line due to his power and agility. But this past season, he began to take reps on the defensive side of the ball, and the rest is history.
Black earned his offer from Illinois at the Maine South satellite camp by performing well in agilities drills and having success in his one-on-ones. For a prospect who is still new to the defensive side of the ball, Black already has a handful of skilled defensive line rip and swim moves and knows how to use his speed and athleticism to his advantage.
His speed makes him a possibility at the LEO position, or even as an inside linebacker, but Black will most likely play a similar role to current Illinois defensive lineman/LEO Dawuane Smoot. If he continues to add strength to his long frame, he could be one of the big steals in 2016 for the Illini.
Give & Take
Following the successful recruiting day for the Illini on Saturday, news emerged that defensive pledge Amani Jones, a linebacker from Chicago's Phillips High School, had flipped his commitment to Iowa.