Illini Coach Tim Beckman landed a pretty important although bound to be somewhat overlooked recruit today. It’s the ultimate needs-based pick up. Yuo can easily say without hyperbole that Illinois had the worst special teams in all of college football last year. Aside from the placekicking, it was all around atrocious and cost them a win at Penn State, and probably another two games as well.
The return game was stunningly bad, but it got a nice boost in defensive back and kick returner Tommy Davis, who will transfer to Illinois for the 2012 season after spending the last four years at Northern Illinois University.
Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies from NIU in May. He is already enrolled at Illinois for summer classes, where he will work toward a master’s degree in education policy, organization and leadership (EPOL). Davis will be immediately eligible to play at Illinois this fall.
Davis was twice named to the All-MAC team as a return specialist (2009-10) and also...