Juice Plans Official Visits

Isiah Williams, the No. 9 prospect, in the Midwest, according to Scout.com, gave Illinois his verbal commitment during the summer. The Fighting Illini has had a rough go of it this year both on and now off the field. Williams talks about Illinois and also the schools that he still plans on visiting before signing day.

Illinois opened their season 2-0 and since then have lost six in a row and have yet to win a conference game. Last week, the NCAA handed down probation to the Illini football program. Through all of this, Ron Zook's prized recruit remains committed to the orange and blue.

"The other coaches definitely talk about the losing," Isiah Williams said. "Now they're starting to bring up the probation and I guess this is just part of recruiting. I'm committed to Illinois but a lot of schools are trying to use different angles with Me.

"Having said all of that, I'm still planning on taking some visits. I might go to North Carolina this weekend but it's not set in stone. I'm going to visit Tennessee in November. Iowa, Penn State and Purdue are still in the picture. I have my Illinois visit set for December 10th."

Why is Williams' commitment so important to Illinois? He's not only the top rated prospect in the Illini's recruiting class, he's also the glue. Williams is the leader of this recruiting class, several of the prospects that have committed to Illinois, talk to Williams on a regular basis.

"It feels good that so many of the other guys look up to me and I haven't even put on an Illinois jersey yet. I keep in contact with them but I need to be 110% sure for myself. I need to go take some visits to make sure that Illinois is the absolute school for me."

Williams and his Vocational teammates finished the season with a 4-5 record. Isiah had a very good senior season, throwing for 1,702 yards and 22 touchdowns. Williams also rushed for 1,241 yards.

EXTRA POINT - Illinois also has scholarship offers out to Ohio quarterback Mike Hartline and Washington D.C. quarterback Eddie McGee. Alex Loukas does have an offer from Illinois but it looks like he'll be deciding between Stanford and Purdue.

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