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National Signing Day: Projected Illinois signees, commitments, live updates

National Signing Day in 2018 might not be as busy as in recent years, but it’ll still be full of commitments and news. Find Illinois recruiting updates, commitments and signee news below.

While that may be true in regard to overall numbers due to the Early Signing Period taking place in December now, the impact that can be made on National Signing Day is still there. Whether it is one recruit or a handful, one special player can make the difference between a 10-win season and an 11-win, College Football Playoff campaign.

Illinois recruiting updates, signee tracker for National Signing Day

Projected Illinois signees on National Signing Day

3-star dual-threat QB Coran Taylor,  3-star DE Ezekiel Holmes, 3-star RB Kenyon Sims, 3-star K Caleb Griffin and 3-star dual-threat QB Matthew Robinson are five players most likely to sign with Illinois on National Signing Day, as all five have given hard verbal commitments prior to Feb. 7.

Players signed letter of intent during early signing period (ranking via 247Sports):

  • Calvin Avery, 4-star DT
  • Verdis Brown, 4-star C
  • Reuben Unije, 3-star OT
  • Khalan Tolson, 3-star OLB
  • Jordyn Slaughter, 3-star OT
  • MJ Rivers, 3-star dual-threat QB
  • Kievan Myers, 3-star OG
  • Julian Peral, 3-star OT
  • Carlos Sandy, 3-star WR
  • Sydney Brown, 3-star S
  • Jartavius Martin, 3-star S
  • Daniel Barker, 3-star TE
  • Edwin Carter, 3-star WR
  • Delano Ware, 3-star CB
  • Nicholas Walker, 3-star CB
  • Ron Hardge III, 3-star S
  • Kerby Joseph, 3-star ATH
  • Jakari Norwood, 3-star RB

Commitment times for Illinois targets on National Signing Day

Coran Taylor is expected to sign with the Fighting Illini:

As long as Taylor does sign with the Fighting Illini, he would be ranked as the team’s fourth-best recruit.

Ezekiel Holmes announced on Feb. 4 that he would be joining Illinois as well:

Kenyon Sims announced on Feb. 4 — like Holmes — that he would be joining Illinois:

Caleb Griffin has said he will be a blueshirt, meaning he will redshirt his first season at Illinois and be counted toward the 2019 class:

And finally, just like Holmes and Sims, Matthew Robinson also announced on Feb. 4 that he would be playing for the Fighting Illini:

Latest updates on Illinois recruiting on National Signing Day

Note: A look at Illinois’ early signing period

The Fighting Illini were supposed to have two verbal commits sign to play for the team on National Signing Day. That all changed on Feb. 4, when the team picked up three additional commitments — now pushing the total number of assumed soon-to-be signees to five.

If all five do sign with Illinois, the team would have a 2018 class consisting of 23 commitments. Two of those 23 are rated as 4-star prospects, while the other 21 are 3-star prospects.

Other players are still deciding between Illinois and other schools, like 4-star OLB Merlin Robertson. Robertson’s final visit he took before National Signing Day was on Jan. 26 to Illinois. Robertson would be the Fighting Illini’s top-rated recruit if he chose to sign with the program, ranked as the No. 129 overall player in the country by 247Sports.

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