Soft-Spoken Giant Signs

Josh Brent checks in at 6-3, 300 pounds to Ron Zook this morning, signing his letter of intent. Brent is very soft-spoken but is a stud on the football field. Read here for details on his big day.

Josh Brent is a man of his word. This four-star DT from Bloomington Central Catholic made a decision and stuck with it. "Even after I committed to Illinois, Wisconsin kept calling me asking about my decision. They really wanted me to play for them. Then USC and Arizona kept asking me to make a visit to their schools, just to make sure Illinois I where I wanted to be," said Brent.

For many student-athletes it can be extremely difficult to not give in to the pressure (which Illini fans know too well). "For me it's easy. That's why I took my time in deciding a school. I knew other coaches would keep asking me about their school. I just took my time - Illinois is where I want to be and I knew I wasn't going to change my mind," stated Brent.

This morning Brent signed his letter of intent and did so with pride. "My school will have something for me - more of a press conference style. It should be great," Brent said.

"I haven't had a chance to talk with the other boys yet, but we'll see each other this summer when we report down there. School is going good for me right now. I'm just trying to finish strong and enjoy the rest of my school year," Brent added.

Brent is a very important part of a great class that has many coaches, fans, alumni and recruiting gurus in the country shaking their heads - but not Illini fans. Zook told them when we took the job that recruiting was the life-line of any program and he was going to work tirelessly until he got the job done. What does Zook sell, you ask? Don't think that it's early playing time or the Big Ten's TV coverage. According to Washington (D.C) Dunbar's five-star wide receiver Arrelious Benn (the cream of the recruiting class) in an earlier interview, "Zook is Zook. He's honest. He has big plans for Illinois and what most of us like about him is the fact that he doesn't say negative things about other coaches or other schools. We've all heard the lines coaches give and he was sincere about everything. That's it," said Benn. will have more on Zook's top-notch recruiting class.

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