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Illini Hosting Top Targets Saturday

Illinois will host several talented prospects on Saturday for its home game against Louisiana Tech.

Top247 2014 DT Enoch Smith Jr. is one of five juniors already holding an Illinois offer expected to visit.


-Kendrick Foster, running back, Peoria (Ill.) Richwoods
-Jesse Chadwell, offensive tackle, Clarkston (Mich.) High

2013 Offered Prospects

-Aregeros Turner, running back/cornerback, Akron (Ohio) Copley: The Illini are arguably recruiting the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Turner the hardest. Purdue, Tenneseee and Washington have also extended a scholarship.

2014 Offered Prospects

-Brian Allen, center/defensive tackle, Hinsdale (Ill.) Central: Has offers from Illinois, Iowa, Purdue, Wisconsin, and Michigan State, where his older brother Jack is the Spartans’ starting center. This is one of the many Big Ten stops for Allen this fall, and the Illini look to make an impression.

-Tinashe Bere, linebacker, Cincinnati (Ohio) Sycamore: Illinois was the first program to offer Bere, who as a sophomore registered 65 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

-Nacarius Fant, receiver, Bowling Green (Ky.) High: Caught 55 passes for 1,161 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore in helping his team win a state championship. Also has an early offer from Western Kentucky.

Hinsdale (Ill.) Central 2014 WR/TE Ian Bunting is having a great season and a possible offer guy down the road.

-Enoch Smith Jr., defensive tackle, Chicago (Ill.) Mount Carmel: The nation’s No. 14 defensive tackle and No. 227 prospect overall is a big target for the Illini in the junior class. Holds other early offers from Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Indiana and Purdue among others.

-Dareian Watkins, quarterback/athlete, Galion (Ohio) High: Ranked as the nation’s No. 10 athlete and No. 110 prospect overall, Watkins is one of the most explosive playmakers in the Midwest. Northwestern recently offered, joining Akron, Bowling Green, Ohio and Toledo. Passed for 1,254 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore while rushing for another 559 yards and 10 scores.

Rising Seniors

-Evan Panfil, defensive end, New Lenox (Ill.) Lincoln-Way Central: Holds several offers from the likes of Ball State, Bowling Green, Colorado State, Toledo, Western Michigan and Wyoming, with Big Ten programs Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Purdue showing personal interest.

-JJ Stahl, receiver, Elkhart (Ind.) Central: Has been on the Illini radar going back to last fall.

Rising Juniors

-Ian Bunting, receiver/tight end, Hinsdale (Ill.) Central: Missed most of his sophomore season with an injury, but the 6-foot-7, 195-pound Bunting is having a big junior year and will be one of the state’s top prospects in 2014. Purdue has already offered.

-Julian Hylton, athlete, Frankfort (Ill.) Lincoln-Way North: As a sophomore, Hylton had 1,034 rushing yards, 334 yards receiving and 18 total touchdowns. Also a track standout.

-Tori Millender, linebacker, Belleville (Ill.) High: Previously attended the Illini’s opener against Western Michigan.


-This list is subject to grow.

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