Posted June 25, 2012 on
The Fighting Illini football staff attracted a large number of top underclassmen to their summer camps just concluded. This is a photo gallery of some of the top 2014 prospects who participated, along with three exceptional 2015 prospects. Most if not all will receive multiple scholarship offers before their high school days come to an end.
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The Fighting Illini football staff completed its summer camp season Saturday with a large turnout of talented prospects. One of the 2014 players was Dorian Hendrix, who already has an Illini offer. The linebacker arrived late but made up for it with his play in drills. He has a strong attraction to the Illini.
The Fighting Illini football team continued its recruiting momentum Tuesday with the commitment of defensive end D.J. Smoot to the Illini. The Ohio product impressed in a recent UI summer camp and was offered a scholarship at that time. He is the 14th known commitment for new coach Tim Beckman and his staff.
The Fighting Illini football team was short of safeties this spring, especially after the top two players were injured. As a result, redshirt sophomore Earnest Thomas was moved from the Star position to help out. He adapted quickly, adding needed depth.
Former Fighting Illini football players have been prominent at Illini summer camps. Some help the UI coach players at the camps. Others like Jason Dulick bring high school players they are coaching to camp to give their kids more training and exposure. Dulick enjoys coaching and remains a loyal Illini.
The Fighting Illini football coaching staff had a chance to evaluate a large number of talented athletes during the past two weeks at their various summer camps. This photo gallery includes some of the many upcoming seniors who attended the camps this year.
The Fighting Illini football program was inundated with top prospects from all over the Midwest at its Friday Night Lights camp, held recently in Memorial Stadium. Among those hoping to secure a scholarship offer was upcoming senior Andre Turner, a defensive end from the state of Michigan.