Josh Brent Speaks on his Recruitment

When speaking with's Allen Wallace, DT Josh Brent announced a new leader for his services. See where the Fighting Illini stand in this latest update from Scout and

Four-star defensive tackle Josh Brent (6-3, 300, 5.0) from Bloomington Catholic High School (Ill.) said of his top six picks, the Buckeyes lead the Fighting Illini. "They (the Buckeyes) are definitely first in my mind." He has offers from the Ohio State (Dec. 8 official visit), Illinois, Michigan (Dec. 1), Arizona State, Wisconsin and Iowa.

"Ohio State has three graduating seniors this year which means three spots open," Brent said. "This is a good team, last year they had like 14 players drafted--five in the first round! I came home from the Ohio State camp with a feeling like I could really fit their system," said Brent. "It seemed like coach (Jim) Tressel and coach (Jim) Heacock (defensive coordinator) tried to make me feel welcome and comfortable. I mean, they're the type of guys that don't just care about football--they really care about you.

"I have a former teammate at Illinois who I've have been to visit a few times," he said. "Even though they were not official visits, I was able to check out the campus. It's a real college town with a nice campus. There is a lot of diversity. I really respect their coaches, for coming into a program on the down slope and making a real effort to bring it back up by (doing) stuff like recruiting better athletes. Some of those guys are just like me. They're looking into any programs where they'll get playing time, but even with playing time--losing isn't fun. These coaches realize that and make you feel like part of a family instead of just a player. That helps motivate you."

Brent said that he enjoyed Michigan coach (Steve) Stripling's (defensive line) energy and enthusiasm. "He was always really positive," said Brent. "Like when guys made mistakes he just encouraged them with constructive criticism instead of talking down to them.

"The recruiter from Arizona State, (John Wrenn, running backs) is from Illinois--I can really relate to him," said Brent. "They are graduating five defensive linemen. That means five open spots! I'd definitely be play right away, which is a plus.

"Iowa has been recruiting me the hardest I guess, but I really don't feel like I fit in with their program," he said. "I think fitting in is very important when choosing a team/school."

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