While neither Marquez Beason or Isaiah Williams have committed to Illinois, or to any program for that matter, the two top-100 players from the class of 2019 have reportedly been in touch with one another.
Before his unofficial visit to Illinois on Friday, Beason not only said that he and Williams — also an Illini target — have been in contact, but also that the two could help “change the program,” according to 247Sports’ Isaac Trotter.
“If we go together, it would change the whole program,” Beason said in the article.
Top-100 Class of 2019 prospect Marquez Beason begins #illini visit today. He's been in contact with 5-star Illini target Isaiah Williams: “If we go together, it would change the whole program." Full update from @isaac_trotter2 https://t.co/YlxYZgkloH pic.twitter.com/FrwRBeauZZ
— Jeremy Werner (@JWerner247) March 9, 2018
Beason, of Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas, is a 4-star prospect that plays both wide receiver and cornerback. According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Beason is the No. 54 overall player in his recruiting class. In addition, the 5-foot-11, 173-pound Beason is the No. 9 prospect from Texas in his class. Lastly, 247Sports distinguishes Beason as a “Top Athlete Recruit,” where he ranks No. 6 in his class among other players with the same label.
Williams is a 5-star prospect, according to 247Sports, and is also considered a “Top Recruit Athlete.” The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Williams — out of Trinity Catholic High School in St. Louis — is ranked the No. 28 overall player in his recruiting class. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 3 overall “Top Athlete Recruit” in his class, and the No. 1 player from Missouri.
While there is a chance that one of or both prospects don’t end up committing to Illinois, the fact that players of this caliber are considering the program is a small step in the right direction.