A class already including six defensive linemen got even deeper on Friday when Rocky Mount (NC) Northern Nash DE/LB Isaiah Gay signed with the Illini.
Gay had 117 tackles, 25 TFLs, 17 sacks and three forced fumbles as senior to earn Big East Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2016.
Gay, who is 6'3" and 220 pounds announced for the Illini at a ceremony at his high school, which you can see below:
Gay plays similarly to recent graduate Caroll Phillips. He is explosive off the snap and relentless in his pursuit.
Gay joins Owen Carney, Kendrick Green, Deon Pate, Jamal Woods, Bobby Roundtree, and Olalere Oladipo on the defensive line in 2017.