Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas running back Madre London will take his second straight Big Ten official having just gone to Michigan State last week. The Illini are on his short list of schools. He took his officials to Nebraska and Wisconsin earlier in the season and is still considering Florida State and Virginia as well.
The Illini will have a big in-state visitor in Crete-Monee defensive end Chris Slayton. Slayton has offers from around the country and getting him back in Champaign is significant.
Juniors With Offers
Several in-state members of the 2015 class will be coming in with offers. They include Chicago Marist wide receiver Flynn Nagel, Benet Academy quarterback Jack Benneventi, Providence Catholic wide receiver Miles Boykin, and Downers Grove South's David Edwards, a quarterback who may project to tight end, defensive end or other positions.
Our of state juniors coming in with offers are Lawrence Central (Ind.) playmaking linebacker Darrin Kirkland, Lexington (Ky.) Catholic quarterback Reese Ryan, and Kettering (Ohio) Alter defensive tackle Kraig Howe, for whom the Illini were the first BCS offer.
Athens (Ohio) quarterback Joe Burrow holds an offer from Ohio and is receiving a number of other FBS looks.
Cincinnati Mt. Healthy has a 6-foot-5 defensive end with intriguing schools in Milan Lanier. Jimmy Martin will make his way up again from Florida. The Orangewood Christian linebacker came to the Illini'S Friday Night Lights camp in June.
DeForest (Wisc.) offensive lineman Ben Swanton, Dublin (Ohio) Scioto offensive lineman Brennen Sawicki, and Lexington (Ky.) Catholic's 6-foot-5 wide receiver Jordan Hatton are among the other juniors expected to attend.
O'Fallon running back Kentrail Moran will be one of the top prospects in the state in his class and he camped with the Illini over the summer at their satellite event.