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Signing Day Spotlight: Andrew Trainer

The letter is in for Alexandria (VA) St. Stephens & St. Agnes HS TE Andrew Trainer. Here's a closer look at the new Illinois signee.

Commitment Date: 1/25/2016

Twitter Handle: @drew_trainer

Why Illinois?

"The academics, the football, the campus, and the people are all amazing.  I am looking forward to competing for Big Ten titles while also getting a great degree."

Evaluation:

Trainer, the latest to commit to the Illini, gives Illinois much needed depth at the tight end position.  The former Virginia commit has a huge frame (6'-7", 235 pounds), which he uses to his advantage in mismatches with defenders. 

He isn't the fastest tight end out there, but he makes up for it with precise route running and an extremely good set of hands.  His film shows him catching several tough passes, including some in traffic.  He's a willing blocker and well-rounded tight end.

The big initiative in college for Trainer early on will be to add more strength and top end speed.  Once he adds to that large frame he has, he could be a serious weapon for the Illini in the passing game.  And after losing Tyler White to injury in 2015, the importance of having a tight end who can both block and catch consistently became very clear.

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