Illinois can add its first decommitment to its rough season.
Antwan Collier, a 3-star defensive back from Miami Southridge High, announced he was reopening his recruitment on Twitter on Sunday afternoon. Collier did say he would still consider Illinois moving forward.
— Antwan Collier (@9millyy_ac) October 30, 2016
Collier committed to the Illini on Aug. 1, and has not taken his official visit to Champaign-Urbana yet. He’s rated as the No. 113 defensive back prospect in the nation and the 156th-best prospect in the state of Florida for the Class of 217, according to 247 Sports. Collier was the seventh-best player on the Illini’s list of commits.
Collier’s decommitment leaves Illinois with 11 total commitments; he also has offers from Maryland, Nebraska and Purdue.
This season has been anything but smooth sailing for first-year coach Lovie Smith. Illinois is 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten — tied with Purdue in the West Division basement. After a season-opening win over Murray State, the Illini have lost six of eight games, surrendering at least 31 points in all but one of them — a 24-7 win over Rutgers (which has yet to win a conference game).