Ikner makes commitment

He was versatile enough to play both safety and corner for one of the top JUCO programs in the country and recently Mt. San Antonio DB Arness Ikner (5-9, 170) made a commitment to a Big 10 school. JCFootball.com caught up with the talented DB and he updated us on things including what is the holdup in him signing his letter-of-intent...

Ikner prepped at Pasadena High School, but only received tepid interest from D-1 programs, so he decided to head to the best JUCO program he could find in order to boost his stock.

"Coach (Demetrice) Martin, who was coaching here and is now up at Washington, he recruited me here and showed me how they would get me ready for D-1 ball," Ikner told JCFootball.com recently. "I wanted to give myself a chance to play D-1 football and this was the best place I could have chosen."

As a freshman, the Mountie coaching staff did whatever they could to get him on the field even throwing the diminutive prospect in at safety.

"I had a minor knee injury, so they threw me in at safety," Ikner said. "I felt like I did well and it helped me get that physical mentality that you need to play against the best.

"This year I played almost exclusively at corner and that's where I'll play at the next level."

This year, Ikner, playing his more natural position, was outstanding for the Mounties, posting 62 tackles and 15 passes defensed along with a team-leading seven interceptions.

"I run well and anticipate well so that allows me to break on balls well," Ikner said. "I feel like I can come up and play physical or I can play zone and read the play and then break on the ball."

Recruiting hit a rapid pace toward the end of his season and the weekend before Christmas he decided to end things.

"I visited Illinois on December 18th and committed while I was there," Ikner said. "I decided to commit there because I was only getting offers from Middle Tennessee and a couple 1AA schools and I was getting some looks from Akron, Fresno State, San Jose State and New Mexico State.

"The coaches there are great and I loved the environment and the campus and the whole program.

"Right now, I'm just waiting on my transcripts to make sure that I can sign. The coaches wanted to look things over to make sure everything was in order, so I'm just waiting on that."

Once he signs, Ikner will have three years to play two.

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