Illinois Football: Two big recruits make Scout Top 125

Illinois Football 2017 Match Preview Prediction and Players: The Scout top 125 player rankings are out and only one player from the state of Illinois made the top 125. That player is Jason Bargy. Bargy is a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end from Momence High School in Momence, Illinois. He is rated as a four-star recruit who is the No. 122 player in the class of 2019 and the No. 19 defensive end in the nation. Getting a player like Bargy would be big for the program.

Illinois is, of course, going to have to deal with many big-time programs in the recruitment of Bargy. He already has offers from Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame and Purdue as well. Over the last decade, the Fighting Irish have been known to pluck some great in-state talent and that has to start changing. When 2019 rolls around, the Illini will start needing some help on the defensive line. Jamal Milan and Kenyon Jackson will both be seniors at the defensive tackle position, and Lere Oladipo and Owen Carney will be juniors at defensive end. That is going to be one great defensive line.

Illinois Football 2017 Match Preview and Prediction

Illinois Football 2017 Match Preview

If there is plenty of depth by 2019, expect the Illini to redshirt Bargy and save him for 2020. He will then get the starting role in 2021 and be an all-time great for three years with the Illini. The NFL Draft would be the next step after that. It may be a longshot for the Illini to snag Anthony Solomon but with the connections down in Florida, anything is possible. If Lovie can pull him in, it would be an impressive feat. Solomon is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound outside linebacker from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is rated as a four-star recruit who is the No. 120 player in the class of 2019 and the No. 9 outside linebacker in the nation. He is a special talent and someone the Illini should be putting resources into.

The scholarship offers for Solomon have been flying in since his recruitment started. He is already up to 25 offers from programs throughout the country. From the sounds of it, Solomon has Michigan as his No. 1 team right now, though. There are a few draws Illinois brings to the table. The first being the close relationship Lovie and the Illini coaching staff is developing with the St. Thomas Aquinas football program. Illinois currently has four players on the roster from that high school and that will help with recruiting.

Illinois Football 2017 Match Schedule

This list has some solid programs on it. Illinois must battle a SEC program in Mississippi State and a South Florida team who has a new head coach in Charlie Strong and is the in-state program for Matthews. But, Illinois has enough going for them to possibly land this talented player. As of right now, Matthews has some pros and cons. To start with the pros, his hitting ability really stands out. He can punish wide receivers or ball carriers when they touch the ball. That is a great asset to have. He can also tackle well. Matthews goes low and doesn’t try to tackle players high. That will lead to less big plays if he comes to Illinois.

Illinois Football 2017, An area that worries me is his speed. Matthews doesn’t seem like a quick player and that could be dangerous in the secondary. But, he does play safety, so his speed won’t be as big of a problem as it would be with a cornerback. Illinois doesn’t have an immediate need at safety. This is a huge benefit to Matthews if he wants to play at a big-time program. He can have the chance to ride the pine for a few years, take a redshirt and then blossom as a redshirt sophomore or junior when players like Stanley Green and Patrick Nelson have graduated. Playing time is out of the question for Matthews at Illinois, but one draw to come to Champaign is the coaching pedigree he will experience. Lovie Smith and his coaching staff bring a great deal of knowledge from the next level. That is a huge draw for any recruit. Source Link

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