2016 Illini Signing Day Live HQ

Welcome to your one-stop shop for all of the Illini recruiting news, videos, interviews, analysis and rankings you need for National Signing Day. The Illini Inquirer crew will keep this page updated in real time with updated breaking news and national letters of intent.

Illinois coach Bill Cubit will be LIVE on the Scout Recruiting Show. Watch Scout National Signing Day Live above!

4:19 p.m. - Bill Cubit joined the Scout Recruiting Show. Check out his appearance.

3:50 p.m. Check out Bill Cubit's press conference breaking down this class from earlier today

1:50 p.m. - Bill Cubit is about to have his Signing Day press conference. Follow my tweets @JWernerScout.

12:23 p.m. - Here it is, my Signing Day Superlatives. Check out the best prospects, biggest projects, sleepers, biggest hole, reason for optimism and biggest concern(s).

11:51 a.m. - Texas DL Myles Adams stayed true to Rice and just signed with the Owls. Illinois tried to sway him to the Big Ten -- and Adams was highly interested after taking a visit with teammate and Illini signee Ayo Shogbonyo -- but Adams and his family decided to stay closer to home rather than go to a place 14 hours away.

11:07 a.m. - RB Tre Nation has signed with the Illini. Check out our Signing Day Spotlight on the Alabama running back.

And all the Illini commits are accounted for. Unless, DL Myles Adams surprisingly picks the Illini or the Illini have a surprise up their sleeves, that will likely do it for Illinois today. Safety Juwuane Parchman likely will sign with a junior college. 

The Illini still have three spots left in the class as the three early enrollees were back-counted to the Class of 2015. They may look at the junior college and fifth-year transfer market to fill needs at DL, OL and WR.

10:55 a.m. - DL Tymir Oliver has signed with the Illini. Check out our Signing Day Spotlight on the Pennsylvania defensive lineman.

That leaves Tre Nation as the only Illini commit left to sign.

10:45 a.m. - After some technical difficulties, Green's NLI finally arrived.

10:24 a.m. - OL Doug Kramer has signed with the Illini. Check out our Signing Day Spotlight on the Hinsdale Central grayshirt.

9:47 a.m. - DB Stanley Green has signed with the Illini. Check out our Signing Day Spotlight on the East St. Louis cornerback.

9:40 a.m. - With Simms and Geddis committed elsewhere, the Illini may not have any Signing Day decisions left. The staff wanted to find another OL, DL and WR, and still may add there, possibly looking at the junior-college and fifth-year transfer market.

Only thre Illini commits have yet to sign: RB Tre Nation, DB Stanley Green and DL Tymir Oliver.

9:32 a.m. - Tre'Vour Simms has signed with Missouri, the Tigers announced before his announcement. That's a tough loss for Illinois. SImms had been in almost constant contact with the Illini staff the past few months. He seemed personally pulled to Illinois but many of his East St. Louis teammates play at Mizzou. The Illini didn't absolutely need another offensive lineman, but Simms would've finished a deep, strong group there.

9:23 a.m. - Thanks to my favorite diner, Merry Ann's, for not kicking me out this morning. I had my favorite, the No. 1 (scrambled eggs, wheat toast, sausage patties and hash browns). I'm about five coffees in. John Groce would be proud. I'm a bit fidgety. But it's just so good. And I figure I might need the energy today. It's been a hectic but fun morning so far. Thanks for following along!

9:20 a.m. - Former Illini commit Devin Singletary signed with Florida Atlantic today. Illinois wanted to sign him but he had academic issues enrolling. The Illini expect to sign Leeds (Ala.) RB Tre Nation today. He committed yesterday.

9:18 a.m. - Once all the signings are in, I will have a full breakdown of the recruiting class with a "Signing Day Superlatives" column. Illini coach Bill Cubit meets with local media at 2 p.m. today.

9:10 a.m. - Illinois has offered 2017 Kansas City WR Jafar Armstrong. More 2017 offers are expected.

9:05 a.m. - We wait on Tre'Vour Simms' decision. Our Mizzou publisher Nate Latsch is at East St. Louis High School. Follow him on Twitter @NateLatsch.

9:00 a.m. - The Illini have 22 signed letters of intent. Committed prospects left to sign are Tre NationTymir Oliver and Stanley Green.

8:55 a.m. - WR Mj McGriff has signed. Check out our Signing Day Spotlight on the Florida wideout.

8:47 a.m. - Linebacker Dele' Harding, the Illini's top-rated prospect, has signed. Check out our Signing Day spotlight on the Maryland linebacker.

8:46 a.m. - DE Brandon Jones, the first commit to Cubit, has signed. Check out our Signing Day Spotlight on the Missouri defensive end.

8:38 a.m. - DB Harvey Clayton Jr. has signed. Check out our Signing Day Spotlight on the Florida safety.

8:34 a.m. - Illinois has talked to 2017 in-state prospects OT Isaac Hawn and DE Jackson Perkins today. It seems 2017 is shaping up to be a strong one in-state. The Illini didn't land any of the top-30 prospects in the state this year. That has to change. This staff plans to change that.

8:28 a.m. - Illinois has offer 2017 Lemont TE Logan Christopherson.

8:26 a.m. - Illini WR target Thomas Geddis has picked Cincinnati.

8:11 a.m. - Illinois has offered 2017 prospect Jamir Whitelow, a 6-foot-3 receiver out of Peoria High School.

8:05 a.m. - DT Kenyon Jackson has signed. Check out our Signing Day Spotlight on the Arkansas defensive tackle.

8:00 a.m. - Anyone else exhausted already? That's 14 National Letters of Intent in already. The Illini are expecting nine to 11 more.

7:49 a.m. - OL Darta Lee has signed. Check out our Signing Day Spotlight on the Texas guard.

7:48 a.m. - TE Zarrian Holcombe has signed. Check out our Signing Day Spotlight on the Texas tight end.

7:47 a.m. - TE Andrew Trainerhas signed. Check out our Signing day Spotlight on the Virginia tight end.

7:46 a.m. - WR Dominic Thieman has signed. Check out our Signing Day Spotlight on the Florida wide receiver.

7:45 a.m. - OL Eddy Fish has signed. Check out our Signing Day Spotlight on the Massachusetts offensive lineman.

7:39 a.m. - LB Ayo Shogbonyo has signed. Check out our Signing Day Spotlight on the Texas linebacker.

7:31 a.m. - TE Griffin Palmer has signed. Check out our Signing Day spotlight on the Illinois tight end.

7:27 a.m. - OL Kurt Gavin has signed. Check out our Signing Day spotlight on the Illinois offensive lineman.

7:12 a.m. - Today isn't just about signing the 2016 class, it's about officially starting a push for the Class of 2017. The Illini hosted almost 200 hundred prospects for a Junior Day on Sunday and had a very positive response. Several offers went out over the weekend (you can check out the prospect list here). I'm told today the Illini have offered 2017 prospects Russ Yeast , Ivory Kelly-Martin and Griffin Hammer. They've also talked to 2017 commit Mike Epstein, who recently received a Michigan offer.

7:05 a.m. - DE Izon Pulley has signed. Check out our Signing Day Spotlight on the Maryland defensive end.

7:02 a.m. - OT Jake Cerny has signed. Check out our Signing Day Spotlight on the Michigan offensive tackle.

6:58 a.m. - K James McCourt has signed. Check out our Signing Day Spotlight on the Florida kicker.

6:27 a.m. - DB Evan Jones has signed. Check out our Signing Day Spotlight on the Georgia defensive back.

6:22 a.m. - LB Jake Hanson has signed. Check out our Signing Day Spotlight on the Florida linebacker.

6:08 a.m. - LB Christion Abercrombie has signed. Check out our Signing Day Spotlight on the Georgia linebacker.

5:30 a.m. - Illinois has already announced three additions. Quarterback Eli Peters -- who will wear jersey No. 8 -- and junior college cornerback Ahmari Hayes (jersey No. 27) signed in December and are already on campus. Also, the Illini officially announced the return of American Heritage (Fla.) safety Trenard Davis, who enrolled last summer but ran into some transcript issues. He spent last semester at Parkland to finish up some needed courses and is now officially enrolled. Davis, who will wear No. 25, is expected to compete for playing time at safety immediately.

Early enrollees

5:00 a.m. - Happy Signing Day! Jeremy Werner, Illini Inquirer publisher here. Welcome to your Signing Day Live HQ! This is the only place you need to be for all your Illini Signing Day needs and wants. We will be updating this page all day. When national letters of intent arrive, you will know. When breaking news occurs -- there are a few Illini targets still left on the board -- you will know.

Below you will see announcement times for some Illini targets. American Heritage running back Devin Singletary will announce between Illinois and Florida Atlantic early this morning. He's been committed to Illinois for a while, but yesterday's commitment from Tre Nation should suggest to you that Singletary is likely headed elsewhere -- and not because he and the Illini want to part ways. Academics is an issue there.

The big decision today is for East St. Louis guard Tre'Vour Simms, who will finally decide between Illinois and Mizzou at 9:45 a.m. Where's that recruitment leaning and how are the Illini leaning with their few other targets left on the board? Check out the final Trending Meter.

Though this Illini class likely will finish between the high 50s and low 60s nationally and the bottom four in the Big Ten, it has turned into a surprisingly solid recruiting class for this staff given the circumstances. It's been a whirlwind three weeks (14 commitments, six decommitments), but the Illini have added depth at most of their need positions.

Ryan Easterling has player cards and scouting reports on each signee once they arrive. I will have analysis throughout the day, including a Signing Day Superlatives column. And we will have live reaction from Bill Cubit's press conference at 2 p.m.

Early enrollees

Announcement times for Illini targets

8:30 a.m. CT - American Heritage (Fla.) 3-star RB Devin Singletary

9:00 a.m. CT - East St. Louis 3-star OL Tre'Vour Simms

11:45 a.m. CT - Mansfield Summit (Texas) 2-star DT Myles Adams

TBA - Blanche Ely (Fla.) 3-star WR Thomas Geddis

WATCH: Illini Signing Day targets

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Latest Illini recruiting headlines

Feb. 2: COMMIT: RB Tre Nation commits to Illini

Feb. 2: TRENDING METER: Who's next to commit to Illini?

Feb. 1: COMMIT: Florida DB Harvey Clayton Jr. commits to Illini

Feb. 1: COMMIT: Maryland DE Izon Pulley commits to Illini

Feb. 1: COMMIT: Maryland LB De'le Harding commits to Illini

Feb. 1: WATCH: Five Illini targets to watch on Signing Day

Feb. 1: WATCH: What do three latest commitments add to Illini?

Feb. 1: Boston College OT commit Eddy Fish flips to Illini

Feb. 1: Trending Meter: Two days until Signing Day

Jan. 31: Texas LB Ayo Shogbonyo commits to Illini

Jan. 31: Could Illini flip Boston College commit OT Eddy Fish?

Jan. 31: WR Evan Fairs commits to Kansas over Illinois

Jan. 31: Former Illini commit DT Antonio Shelton commits to Penn State

Jan. 31: TRENDING METER: More to pop for Illini on Sunday?

Jan. 30: COMMIT: Florida WR M.J. McGriff commits to Illini

Jan. 30: WATCH: Five Illini targets to watch up until Signing Day

Jan. 30: TRENDING METER: Final Weekend Push for Illini

Jan. 29: DECOMMIT: Drake Spears reopens recruitment

Jan. 29: Final Weekend Official Visitor List

Jan. 29: TRENDING METER: Another Illini commit ready to flip?

Jan. 28: How does TE Trainer fit at Illinois?

Jan. 28: TRENDING METER: Illini taking some big swings

Jan. 28: TE Trainer finds fit at Illinois

Jan. 27: TRENDING METER: Illini to make final push this weekend

Jan. 26: Former Illini commit Tim Walton flips to Syracuse

Jan. 26: Film Room: Easterling's Eval of five newest Illini commits

Jan. 26: TRENDING METER: Illini trying to beef up lines

Jan. 25: COMMIT: Virginia TE Andrew Trainer flips to Illini

Jan. 25: DECOMMIT: Antonio Shelton decommits from Illini, eyes PSU visit

Jan. 25: COMMIT: Texas OL Darta Lee gives Illini fourth commit in two days

Jan. 25: DECOMMIT: LB Tim Walton is third Illini defection in last week

Jan. 25: TRENDING METER: Who's trending to and away from Illini?

Jan. 25: Fresh off Illini visit, Texas OL to announce decision Monday

Jan. 24: VIDEO: Illini add there commitments in one day

Jan. 24: 3rd COMMIT: Georgia LB Christion Abercrombie flips to Illini

Jan. 24: 2nd COMMIT: Georgia DB Evan Jones picks Illini

Jan. 24: COMMIT: Phlly DE Tymir Oliver joins Illini

Jan. 24: Illini target, Texas WR Evan Fairs upgrade to 3-star

Jan. 23: Elias Reynolds picks Pitt over Illini

Jan. 23: Behind the Scenes: Illini football 'War Room'

Jan. 23: Werner's Whits: 11 days until Signing Day recruiting bits

Jan. 22: Illini in final two for NY linebacker Elias Reynolds

Jan. 21: Illini RB commit Kentrail Moran reopens recruitment

Jan. 20: Texas WR Evan Fairs down to two

Jan. 20: Illini holes to fill before Signing Day

Jan. 19: Florida WR M.J. McGriff receives Illini offer

Jan. 18: Illini DE commit Joshua Black reopens recruitment

Jan. 18: Florida LB Jake Hansen commits to Illini

Jan. 16: Texas TE Zarrian Holcombe commits to Illini


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