Illinois has an exciting list of football prospects expected to attend Saturday’s basketball game against Nebraska in Champaign.
LB Nile Sykes is one of the state's top players and arrives already holding an Illinois offer.
The rundown here.
Nile Sykes: Illinois, Indiana and Purdue are among the programs to extend a scholarship to the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Sykes, who has impressed on the combine and camp circuit thus far this winter. The Illini are in a good early spot for the Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic linebacker, with the Hoosiers also making a strong push.
Brandon Lee: The four-star linebacker out of Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central picked up his offer from Illinois earlier this month. Besides the Illini, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Lee is considering scholarships from places such as Louisville, Indiana, Iowa, N.C. State and Purdue.
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Roderick Johnson: The Top100 offensive tackle from Florissant (Mo.) Hazelwood Central arrives with offers from the likes of Missouri, Florida State, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Tennessee and Texas A&M. He is tabbed as the nation’s No. 9 offensive tackle and No. 85 prospect overall by 247Sports.
Chase Gianacakos: One of the top offensive linemen in the state, the St. Charles North tackle has offers from Kansas and Toledo.
Vontae Diggs: The outside linebacker from Downers Grove (Ill.) North has an early offer from Toledo but figures to be a BCS prospect when it’s all said and done. Diggs had 16 tackles for loss and six sacks as a junior.
Simmie Cobb: Had to sit out his whole junior season after transferring to state power Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic. Could blossom into one of the state’s top receivers this coming fall.
Mike Dudek: The speedy and shifty receiver out of Naperville (Ill.) Neuqua Valley recently added his first offer from North Dakota and has visited Champaign several times in the past.
Trevor Ruhland: The Cary (Ill.) Grove Community offensive lineman is hearing from several Big Ten programs including Illinois.
Chris Slayton: The coaching staff at Crete (Ill.) Monee is very excited about this defensive end who has really seen the recruiting process pick up this spring. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Slayton is one of the state’s more intriguing defensive linemen.