Signing Day Central

Follow along as the LOIs roll into the Illinois coaches office and the 2013 class becomes official.

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LOIs Received:

DE D.J. Smoot - 6-3, 230 - Groveport Madison High (Groveport, OH)

Smoot was the first recruit to send in his letter of intent Wednesday. As a senior, the two-star defense lineman recorded 91 tackles, 14 sacks and forced five fumbles. Also completed in the shot put, discus and 400 hurdles.
Game Film

TE Tyler White - 6-5, 230 - Plainwell High (Plainwell, MI)

A three-star recruit and the No. 21 player in the state of Michigan, White had 19 catches for 263 yards and two touchdowns in 2012. A versatile athlete, White could play various positions at the next level, but will begin as a tight end.
Commitment Recap

CB Caleb Day - 6-1, 185 - Hilliard Darby High (Hilliard, OH)

As a senior Day had 45 tackles, five interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He was equally impressive offensively, rushing 60 times for 463 yards and recording 32 catches for 490 yards with 15 total touchdowns. A three-star prospect, Day also competed in track and basketball.
Commit Capsule

QB Aaron Bailey - 6-2, 225 - Bolingbrook High (Bolingbrook, IL)

The headliner of the class, the four-star quarterback verbally committed early in the process and didn't have any hesitations as his senior season played out. Bailey missed much of his senior season with a knee injury, but was already established as one of the premier signal callers in the nation. As a junior, he rushed for almost 2,000 yards and earned all-state honors.
Video Interview

DT Bryce Douglas - 6-2, 330 - Plainfield Central High (Plainfield, IL)

A three-star recruit, and the No. 17 player in the state of Illinois, Douglas had 58 tackles, 10 sacks, one interception and a forced fumble in 2012. His father, Bruce, played basketball at Illinois and was the 1984 Big Ten co-MVP.
Commitment Recap

DB Jaylen Dunlap - 6-1, 175 - Crete-Monee High (Crete, IL)

Dunlap helped Crete-Monee to a state championship and perfect 14-0 record as a senior in 2012. A late addition to the class, Dunlap verbally committed to Illinois after receiving an offer in January after finishing his career with 10 career interceptions. His uncle, Keith Otis, played football at Northern Illinois and his brother played at Bowling Green.
Video Interview

DB James Crawford - 6-2, 190 - St. Thomas Aquinas High (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

Crawford had 65 tackles and five interceptions and helped St. Thomas Aquinas win a state championship in 2012. His father, James Crawford, Sr., played football at Virginia. His former high school teammate, Dami Ayoola, was a freshman at Illinois in 2012.
Commitment Recap

RB Kendrick Foster - 5-8, 185 - Richwoods High (Peoria, IL)

Foster finished his high school career with 6,401 rushing yards, ranked fifth in Illinois state history. He had 78 total touchdowns and 13 games with 200 or more yards rushing in his career. A three-star recruit, Foster is nominated for the Peoria African American Hall of Fame.
Commit Capsule

RB Miguel Hermosillo - 5-10, 190 - Ottawa Township High (Ottawa, IL)

Hermosillo led Ottawa to one it's most successful seasons in school history, finishing 11-1 and winning the Big 12 championship. A versatile athlete, he could play both running back and receiver and also plans to play baseball at Illinois.
Video Highlights

DE Paul James - 6-3, 235 - Miami Norland (Miami, FL)

A three-star recruit, James was the last verbal commitment of the 2013 class. An All-Dade County pick by the Miami Herald, James committed Jan. 30 after visiting the Illinois campus.
Recruiting Profile

DB Darwyn Kelly - 6-2, 195 - Woodson High (Washington, D.C.)

A highly productive player, Kelly recorded 102 tackles and nine interceptions in his last two seasons. His favorite NFL player is listed as Ed Reed, but also says he grew up following former Illini safety Tavon Wilson, also a native of the Washington D.C. area.
Commitment Recap

WR Marchie Murdock - 6-1, 165 - Mansfield Legacy (Mansfield, TX)

Murdock caught 49 passes for 770 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior in 2012. Also competed in track and basketball and earned first-team all-district in basketball three times. His father, Marchie, Sr., played basketball at Arkansas State.
Commitment Recap

DT Jarrod Clements - 6-3, 260 - Trotwood-Madison High (Trotwood, OH)

An injury caused Clements to miss time in 2012, but he still was a productive player for Trotwood-Madison. He had 39 tackles and six tackles in eight games as the team lost in the state championship game. Clements cousin, Roy Roundtree, was a wide receiver at Michigan.
Commit Capsule

DT Merrick Jackson - 6-3, 320 - Althoff Christian (Belleville, IL)

A three-star prospect, Jackson had 87 tackles, three sacks and two total touchdowns as a senior in 2012. Considered the No. 30 player in the state of Illinois, Jackson helped Jackson to the state title game.
Coach Speak

WR Dionte Taylor - 6-0, 170 - University High (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

Was a key member of the University High's state championship team, which finished with a perfect 14-0 record. As a senior, Taylor had 40 catches for 577 yards and seven touchdowns. A four-year varsity letter winner, Taylor, who goes by D.J., also participated in track.
Video Eval

Early Enrollees - Already on Campus:

Coach Tim Beckman said: "To bring in 10 guys early, that's probably one of the highest numbers in the country. I'm very proud of the coaching staff and our academic staff for the way they recruited these young men and got them to believe in Illinois football and where we're headed."

CB Dillan Cazley - 5-10, 175 - Charleston High (Charleston, IL)

A do-it-all type of player, Cazley split time on offense and defense during his career at Charleston High. A three-star recruit expected to play cornerback at Illinois, Cazley was the first verbal commitment of the class. He signed his LOI in December and enrolled in January.
Commit Capsule

OL Jesse Chadwell - 6-5, 260 - Clarkston High (Clarkston, MI)

A three-star recruit, Chadwell earned second-team all-state honors his senior season. Chadwell was a three-year starter at Clarkston High. A four-year honor roll student, Chadwell intends to major in Business.
Commit Capsule

TE Christian DiLauro - 6-5, 245 - Green High (Green, OH)

A three-star prospect, DiLauro had 21 catches for 198 yards and a touchdown as a senior. He added 27 tackles and an interception playing defense. His uncle Joe DiLauro played football at Toledo.
Commit Capsule

ATH Darius Mosely - 5-11, 185 - O'Fallon High (O'Fallon, IL)

Considered the No. 34 cornerback in the nation, Mosely could play on either side of the ball at the college level. A three-star prospect, Mosely also competed in track and basketball in high school. He had 1,126 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns as a senior. He also had 33 tackles, an interception and three special teams touchdowns.
Commitment Video

OL Austin Schmidt - 6-6, 270 - Olentangy High (Lewis Center, OH)

Helped lead Olentangy to a 10-2 record and the second round of the state playoffs in 2012. Raised in a football family, Schmidt's father played at Towson State and his brother played at Dartmouth. A three-star recruit, Schmidt plans to major in engineering.
Commit Capsule

WR Martize Barr - 6-0, 185 - Iowa Western JUCO (Council Bluffs, IA)

Barr will have two years to play two seasons starting in 2013. He transferred to Iowa Western after two seasons at New Mexico. Barr had 31 catches for 498 yards and five touchdowns in 2012.
Coach Tim Beckman said: "Martize brings a lot of game experience to our group of wide receivers. He has played on both sides of the ball at the Division I level and spent this past season in a very explosive offense at Iowa Western. Martize will work extremely hard to help the Fighting Illini in every way possible. He won a national championship this year, and that is the type of guys we want in our program."
Commitment Recap

DT Abens Cajuste - 6-3, 305 - Victor Valley JUCO (Victor Valley, CA)

A three-star junior college transfer, Cajuste will have two years to play two seasons starting in 2013. He recorded 14 tackles in only six games in 2012 after transferring to Victor Valley from Central Connecticut State.
Coach Tim Beckman said: "Abe gives us a big body on the defensive line. He will help add depth with the departure of several key seniors from the line. Abe's strength and his get-off were the things that we noticed when we originally watched the film. He plays to the echo of the whistle on every snap."
Commitment Recap

DB Eric Finney - 6-1, 195 - College of the Canyons JUCO (Santa Clarita, CA)

Finney will have three years to play three starting in 2013. A versatile athlete, Finney played wide receiver in high school before switching to the defensive side of the ball in college. He sat out 2012 due to injury after recording 19 tackles in 2011.
Coach Tim Beckman said: "Eric is a big safety that can play the star position for us. He is a big athlete who runs extremely well and will provide depth and competition on the defensive side of the ball, as well as on special teams. Getting Eric here for spring ball was a huge priority for us."
Commitment Recap

OL Dallas Hinkhouse - 6-5, 260 - Iowa Western JUCO (Council Bluffs, IA)

Named first-team NJCAA All-American in 2012, Hinkhouse helped lead Iowa Western to the NJCAA national title and perfect 11-0 record. He'll have three years to play two starting in 2013.
Coach Tim Beckman said: "We're excited to have Dallas join the program. We graduated two key players on the offensive line that played a lot of football in their careers here. Dallas comes from a great program in Iowa Western where he learned how to work and compete for the last two seasons. He has played in two bowl games and won a national championship, making him exactly the kind of guy we want involved in our program."
Recruiting Profile

DB Zane Petty - 6-1, 190 - American River JUCO (Sacramento, CA)

Petty will have two years to play two starting in 2013. He recorded 90 tackles and seven interceptions in 2012, helping American River to an 8-3 record in 2012. Petty originally enrolled at Colorado State and redshirted in 2010 before transferring.
Coach Tim Beckman said: "Zane brings a lot of playing experience to a young secondary. He fills a critical need for us with the departure of several key seniors in the defensive backfield. We are excited to see Zane develop into a physical safety in our defense."
Commitment Recap

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