Let’s take a closer look at the Illini commit, who has given himself the nickname, “The Honey Bear"
Height & Weight:6’-3”, 235 pounds
We first saw Black at one of the Illinois satellite camps at Maine South High School this summer. A physically-impressive prospect off-the-cuff, we discovered that most of his high school career had been spent on the offensive line up to that point. And frankly, his offensive film was impressive, too.
But when Black showed up at the camp, ran well, moved with agility, and won some one-on-one matchups with some of the best linemen in camp, such as Kevin Jarvis, he caught the eye of the Illini coaches, and an offer came by the end of the night.
When Black committed a few weeks later, he told us that he actually wanted to commit right on the spot when he received his offer, but he held off and spoke with his parents about his decision first. Black will likely start out as a strong-side defensive end at Illinois, but could possibly end up growing into a three-technique defensive tackle with his frame. He is similar in many ways to current Illinois defensive lineman Dawaune Smoot, both in stature and in versatility.
Week 1 Opponent: Rockford (Guilford)
Toughest Matchup: Rockton (Hononegah)
When we’ll see him: Week 7 vs. Rockford (Auburn)