#1 Recruiting Target - Moe Dampeer

Illinois is off to a very good and quick start in 2002 with the commitments of A.J. Johnson and Pierre Thomas. Moe Dampeer is the recruit that Illinois has at the top of their board.

Moe Dampeer, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive and defensive lineman from Decatur (Ill.) Mac Arthur will be among the nations elite prospects regardless of position.

It's going to be a good year in Illinois for D-1 prospects and Dampeer is far and away the best prospect in the state. Big Moe will be recruited from perennial powers, north and south, east and west.

This will be the second year in a row that the state of Illinois top prospect has come from Central Illinois. Last year it was Champaign (Centennial) wide receiver, Marquis Johnson. Johnson signed with Texas last month.

Johnson was the one that got away from Big Ten champion, Illinois but things may be different with Dampeer. Decatur is a stones throw away from Champaign (University of Illinois) and in my conversations with Moe and his coach, Illinois may be the school to beat.

The Fighting Illini already have a jump start on their 2003 recruiting class with verbal commitments from A.J. Johnson, a 6-foot, 230-pound running back from Bolingbrook, Illinois and Pierre Thomas, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound running back from Lansing (Ill.) T.F. South.

Illinois will have competition. Dampeer will be heavily recruited and he'll have a bucket full of scholarship offers but when push comes to shove, Illinois will be in the mix.

Dampeer could be the cornerstone recruit that opens the eyes of all the blue chip recruits in the state of Illinois. Illinois is the defending Big Ten champion. Illinois offers a top notch education and college experience.

Moe Dampeer, Martin O'Donnell, Mike Jones, Kenni Burns, Zack Kettlecamp and James Ryan. These are a few of the marquis prospects that Illinois needs to keep within its borders and so far its looking good.

Last night, Dampeer said his early top five would be Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan, Miami (Fla.) and Tennessee.


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