One of the top high school point guards in the country made his college decision tonight, and it is great news for the Illini. Quentin Snider, who is ranked among the Top 30 players in the country, verbally committed to John Groce and the Fighting Illini shortly after 6:00 pm CT Thursday night. Snider becomes the highest ranked recruit Groce has landed in his short time at Illinois. The Louisville-native made the announcement at his high school, choosing Illinois over UCLA. ESPN ranks Snider as the 7th best point guard in the class of 2014, which is a position of need for Illinois. Snider has originally committed to Louisville, but decommitted from the defending national champs, and tonight he picked Illinois.
John Groce landed a big verbal commitment from 2014 forward Leron Black Sunday morning. He's a 6'7" forward out of Memphis. Black is rated as a five star recruit and the 22nd best prospect by Rivals.com. He is a four star recruit according to ESPN.com. Black joins Michael Finke as verbal commitments for the class of 2014.
In the last year, Zach Grant has called four schools home - Rochester High School, St. Ambrose, Northern Illinois and now Illinois, which will be his last stop. WCIA 3's Austin Kim explains what this state record-holding wide receiver brings to the Fighting Illini.
Junior wide receiver Martize Barr, a junior college transfer, sat down with sports director Aaron Bennett to talk about the effect of the DC pipeline, and why that made him want to play at Illinois.
Former Rochester wide receiver Zach Grant is transferring to Illinois
Tim Beckman continues to bring in more offensive weapons for next year. Now he is bringing in one of Wes Lunt's favorite receivers and one of his best friends. Zach Grant announced today he will transfer to Illinois, according to a report from Channel 1450's Zach Kerker. We spotted Grant checking out Illinois practice earlier this week. Grant was an all-state receiver playing with Lunt at Rochester High School. In fact he holds the IHSA all-time state record for most receiving yards in a single season with 2,310. He set multiple school records his freshman season at St. Ambrose. He then announced he was transferring to Northern Illinois, and instead Friday announced he's joining the Fighting Illini. Grant will have to sit out next season - alongside Lunt - due to NCAA transfer rules. He will then have 3 years of eligibility remaining.
Illinois baseball coach Dan Hartleb landed a verbal commitment Wednesday night from one of Wisconsin's best high school pitchers. Brendan Meissner, a right-handed pitcher from West De Pere High School, announced his commitment on Twitter. "Just made the best decision of my life by committing to the University of Illinois to play baseball," Meisnner wrote. "I couldn't be happier right now!" Meissner is listed at 6-2, 188 lbs. He is from the Green Bay area.
A number of Illinois' top recruiting targets were in Champaign Wednesday watching the Orange and Blue on the practice field. One of those is Jacksonville's Gabe Megginson, who already holds an Illini offer. Megginson spoke with WCIA 3's Austin Kim about what makes him a well-rounded talent.
Illinois basketball fans have been watching Larry Austin, Jr. since he was an eighth grader, hoping someday he would pick the Orange and Blue. Since then the offers have come rolling in - more than a dozen of them - and Thursday Austin made his choice. The Springfield Lanphier senior announced he will play basketball for the Tennessee Volunteers and head coach Cuonzo Martin. Austin chose UT over Illinois, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Missouri, Memphis and others. He is one of the Top 100 players in the country and one of the top point guards nationally.
Illinois wrestling coach Jim Heffernan got a verbal commitment Tuesday afternoon from Glenbard North star Jered Cortez. "Officially committed to wrestle and study at the University of Illinois," Cortez announced via Twitter. "Time to prepare! ILL-INI!!!" Cortez is a three-time IHSA state champion and a winner at the USA Wrestling Junior Freestyle National Championships.
Tim Beckman was vocal this week about the lack of roster depth he inherited at Illinois, and now he is doing something about it on the recruiting trail. In fact, just days after landing one of the top junior college wide receivers in the country, he got two more verbal commitments Thursday afternoon.
4-star JUCO wide receiver says "yes" to Beckman
Centennial quarterback and Illini recruiting target Jimmy Fitzgerald is getting lots of attention from D-1 schools and as the focal point in the Chargers' offense. WCIA 3's Austin Kim has more on how he's handling the extra attention.
Danville QB/Safety Trent Sherfield committed to Vanderbilt Thursday. He's one of the top safeties in his class. He also had offers from Illinois, Purdue, Indiana and others. He will likely play defensive back for Vandy.
Rising junior picked up first offer from Bradley
Illini recruit grows into a leader, and looks to do Danville proud at the next level.
Centennial QB picks up 2nd D-I offer
Danville QB also holds Illinois offer
Centennial QB talks about first Division I offer
Centennial quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald talks about getting his first offer from his hometown team.
Chargers sophomore picks up first Division I offer
The Illinois football team has offered Danville Quarterback/Athlete Trent Sherfield. He'll be a senior for the vikings next season. He also has offers from Northern Illinois, Illinois State and Indiana. Rivals lists him as a three star recruit.