Steve Hull Commitment Solid For Illini

Coach Ron Zook continues to build the Illinois football program with outstanding talent from across the country, including his home state of Ohio. One early commitment this year was Cincinnati receiver Steve Hull, whose exploits on the field verified Zook's ability to evaluate and recruit talent.

When Illinois fans first learned that Steve Hull had committed to Illinois, he was relatively unknown. However, over the course of the season, Hull continued to prove he deserved a scholarship to Illinois with his outstanding catching abilities and production.

The 6'-2", 180 pound receiver/safety helped lead Sycamore High School to an outstanding 8-2 record. He and running back Bud Golden, also an Illini commitment, were a two man wrecking crew for Sycamore.

"I thought I improved my route running this season, but with Bud [Golden] we didn't throw that much," Hull explained. Still, I have about a 22 yard per catch average."

That is exceptional at any level. Steve also played well at safety, but he has a position preference.

"I want to play wide receiver in college."

Hull has excellent natural gifts for receiver including outstanding leaping ability, and he looks forward to developing additional skills at the college level.

"My best attributes would definitely be my hands and my route running. When I get to Illinois, I want to work on everything from breaking tackles to my hands to my route running."

Hull and Golden will be lucky enough to be teammates on the college level.

"Bud and I have been friends since the 2nd grade. We had always talked about going to the same school and we're both fans of the Big 10. Illinois met both of those for us."

With such an outstanding season, have other schools been in contact with the Illini commit?

"I have about 10 offers all from Division l schools, but no schools have been in contact with me since I committed to Illinois. My recruiting coach is Coach Woodford. My commitment to Illinois is solid and I will be taking my official visit for the Ohio State game."

The Big 10 Network allows fans to watch their teams across the country, but an overlooked aspect of the new channel is its impact on recruiting.

"It definitely helped me. I was able to listen to the specialists talk about each team and of course, I was able to see teams as well."

Steve is already networking with future teammates.

"I talk to Jake [Feldmeyer] a lot. I also keep in touch with Nathan Scheelhaase, the quarterback who committed to Illinois, and Leon Hill, the big lineman who committed as well."

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