Danny Foose Takes Official Visit To Illinois

The Fighting Illini football team has struggled so far, and the reasons are hard to pinpoint. If anyone is capable of understanding how good teams can fail, it is other football players. New Jersey offensive lineman Danny Foose understands. His Paramus Catholic squad has suffered a similar fate so far this year.

Paramus, New Jersey, lineman Danny Foose took his official visit to Illinois last weekend. Sounding similar to Illini coaches and players, Foose talked about his team's season so far.

"It started off a little rough, so we're trying to iron out the wrinkles and just keep going. We and Illinois are in the same boat. Overall, we've been practicing hard, so we're trying to get to the playoffs and win a championship, which is our main goal."

Expecting a dominant senior campaign, Foose realizes football success is hard to predict. Watching the Illini struggle with Penn State last Saturday, he was reminded of his own team.

"Yeah, that's definitely like you say. Little mistakes like a fumble here and there, the folding of the d when you can't score. That's what happened to us. We've had a lot of close games, but the outcome is sometimes bad. Yeah, it's a game of inches. That's what it comes down to."

The 6'-6", 310 pounder liked the atmosphere and people at Illinois. From his recruiting coach Joe Gilbert to his host Ryan Sedlacek to Strength & Conditioning coach Lou Hernandez to the players on the team, everyone made him feel welcome.

"It went real well. Everyone was great. I fit in with the kids real good. I got to meet a lot of kids on the Illinois team, and they treated me like we were on the same team.

"Everyone was real nice to me. I got to see everything at Illinois including the academic people. Coach Gilbert was great, and so was Coach Lou. He knows so much. And that is an impressive weight room. He told me that when he came there, only one player could do a 300 pound clean. Now there are 35. So just the improvement like that proves he's great."

The athletic Foose can play any of the positions on the offensive and defensive line, but he mostly plays on the interior line at Paramus Catholic.

"I play right guard. I like to play whatever helps the team. The first three years, I played defense also. Now, they put me in when it's like fourth down or in pass-rushing situations. They don't need me as much on defense because other kids are stepping up. I play both defensive end and tackle but mostly tackle."

Does he prefer offense?

"Absolutely. They say more than likely I'll be a tackle in college. I have long arms, and my feet are quick. But I could play guard or wherever they need."

Foose found the academic situation at Illinois to his liking. He plans to major in a business curriculum.

"Business finance or accounting. I haven't decided which one I like better. I met people from the Business College, and they showed me the big new Business building they spent so much money on."

Foose will likely take his time making a college decision as he wishes to concentrate on his season. He lists the primary schools after his services.

"I'm considering Stanford, Boston College, Rutgers, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Penn State and Illinois. I think I'm gonna wait a couple months just to get an overall feeling."

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