Greg Keys - RB/DB 6-1, 205, 4.35, Bellvue, Ohio
You probably won't find Keys on to many other databases on the internet. I saw him personally over the summer at a few camps and loved him. However, only Kent State offered him a scholarship. The knock on Greg is that he has terrific straight-line speed but as a running back he didn't have great hands and he will put the ball on the carpet too much. During the summer, college recruiters worked him out personally at defensive back to see if he had fluid enough hips to play corner. Greg's speed is legit.
Walter McFadden - CB 6-0, 180, 4.4. Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely
This would be a huge get for Illinois. McFadden is a 3-star prospect that has already visited Auburn, Michigan State and South Florida. Walter is currently favoring Michigan State and Auburn but Illinois can't be counted out here especially with former Michigan State recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell now in Champaign and follow that up with Zook's ties to the Sunshine State.
Jae McFadden - ATH 6-2, 210, 4.6, Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer
Jae is verbally committed to Wisconsin but Coach Zook once again goes into Florida and convinces a Sunshine State prospect to visit the Illini. Scout.com projects McFadden as a tight end. Illinois is recruiting Jae as an athlete.
Will Davis - ATH 6-2, 210, 4.5, Greenbelt (MD) Eleanor Roosevelt
Davis only played high school football as a senior and several schools are after him. He will visit Illinois this weekend and the Illini have a great shot at landing his verbal commitment. Davis put up big-time numbers on both sides of the ball in 2004. He has already visited U Conn and Kent St.
Kennard Banks– CB 5-9, 180, 4.4, West Palm Beach, Florida.
Banks is already verbally committed to Illinois. He'll make his official visit this weekend.
Sam Porter - LB 6-1, 235, 4.7, Chicago (Morgan Park)
Porter committed early in December to Ball State. Illinois has offered Sam a scholarship and he'll be in Champaign this weekend for an official visit. Porter had 127 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a senior. He was named all-state. This would be a huge get for Illinois. Morgan Park is loaded with super junior prospects and Porter could help the Illini get in the door with those prospects in '05.
Sirod Williams - DE/LB 6-1, 225, 4.6, Garfield Heights, Ohio
Sirod tore his ACL during his junior year but came back strong in '04 with 77 tackles and 11 sacks. Sirod actually favored Ohio State last spring but the Illini have a great shot at landing him this weekend. Where will he play in college? He claims to be 6-3 and was measured at a summer camp at 6-0. The Illini would like to use Sirod's speed and start him out at an outside linebacker position.
Trevor Scott - OL 6-3, 296, 5.17, Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County
Scott could end up being an outstanding college football player. He has excellent size and will probably play guard in college. Scout.com timed Trevor at 5.01 on grass last May and he also had one of the top vertical leaps for interior lineman. Smith has slipped under the recruiting radar and he could be a Fighting Illini by the end of the weekend.
Mike Nabolotny - TE/OL 6-5, 245, 4.9, Glenview (Ill.) Glenbrook South
Nabolotny is another prospect that was impressive this summer. He's committed to Illinois. The only reason Mike didn't have more offers was because the major D-1 schools didn't know where they would play him. Nabolotny is a tweener prospect that's not quick enough to play tight end and he's too small to play on the offensive line. Mike is athletic for his size and he does have a nice frame. He will add 20-30-pounds to that frame and he'll be a very good offensive guard in the Big Ten.
One more prospect is scheduled to visit Illinois this weekend and his name can't be released at this time. When I get more information, I'll post it on the PREMIUM MESSAGE BOARD.
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