Illini Land Hard-Hitting Safety

Illinois continues to add talented JUCO prospects, with the latest commitment coming from Weed (Calif.) College of the Siskiyous safety David Guthrie on Tuesday night.

Ranked as the nation’s No. 10 JUCO safety according to 247Sports, the 5-foot-11, 201-pound Guthrie was previously committed to New Mexico.

“Really exciting,” Guthrie said. “I’m excited to go in and play my butt off and make something happen.”

Guthrie is the 27th pledge for Illinois in the class-of-2013 and the seventh JUCO prospect to join the fold. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining once he arrives in Champaign.

Illinois coach Tim Banks paid Guthrie a visit on Tuesday and secured his commitment.

“Coach Banks came all the way out here and cleared up the answers I was missing,” Guthrie said. “I felt like there was a connection I was looking for that wasn’t there before. We talked about it, had a man-to-man conversation, and we talked a lot and he cleared up all the stuff I was confused about.”

The hard-hitting Guthrie registered 53 tackles, five interceptions and a forced fumble during the fall. He took his official visit to Illinois back on Nov. 30.

“I’m excited to be part of the family,” Guthrie said. “I know they didn’t have a good year this past year and I’m excited about having a chance to turn all that around. I’ll have a chance to play right away. It’s big-time football too. It doesn’t get much bigger.”

For a complete look at the Illini's recruiting class, click here.

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