East St. Louis (IL) defensive back Stanley Green became the first commit of the non-interim tenure of Bill Cubit on Sunday morning when he pledged to Illinois.
Green has favored the Illini since receiving an offer this fall, but held off his commitment until he concluded his official visit this weekend. Green joins Flyers' teammate Tre'Vour Simms, a big, nasty offensive tackle, as a member of the 2016 class.
He said this commitment didn't come about just this weekend, but rather was in the works for a couple weeks now.
"I knew I wanted to commit for about two weeks now," Green said. "What convinced me that this is the place for me was the family feel and how everyone on the football team has the same goal. And that goal is not only win the Big Ten championship, but also the national championship as well."
Green will definitely appreciate having teammate Tre'Vour Simms at Illinois with him. He knows that the accountability they will have for each other will make them both better players.
"Having a teammate like (Simms) on my team," he said, "I know he will push me to be the best and he will never let me be ok with just being average."
Green now turns recruiter, and has two talented teammates in the 2017 class in Jeff Thomas and Terez Lagrone who he wants to bring to Illinois with him.
"I really want them to come join Tre'Vour and me," he said. "I will do everything in my power to get them up here, too. I think we have a good shot at getting both of them."
Here's a quick rundown of Green as a prospect:
Green is a hard hitting defensive back who is at his best in run support up in the box. He reacts well to the ball and is aggressive in his pursuit. His coverage skills are moderate and will be something he needs to work on at the next level. He also will likely need to improve his form tackling, as he won't be able to take down bigger opponents on the college level with big hits like he does in high school. In general, he's a great athlete who also excels in the classroom.
Two of Green's junior teammates, Thomas and Lagrone, each have offers from the Illini. Thomas, who is a top-40 prospect in the junior class, has offers from the best of the best, but the Illini believe they have a strong shot, especially with his teammates on board.