Posted July 08, 2012 on
A number of outstanding underclassmen attended Fighting Illini football camps this summer. Among those who made a strong impression was linebacker Nile Sykes. A couple other 2014 linebackers from the state may have more notoriety, but Sykes may be just as good if not better.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Fighting Illini football team is blessed with a number of upcoming seniors with talent and experience, especially on defense. Among those who have toiled for 4-5 years for a place in the sun is Justin Staples. He appears to have finally found his proper position at defensive end. If spring ball is an indication, he should have his best season as an Illini.
Any big, strong relative of former Fighting Illini offensive line star Jeff Allen has to be good, right? At least, that's the hope with Allen's nephew Javon Burruss. Only an upcoming sophomore, Burruss has a body size ready for college, and he's working to develop a game to match.