First-year Illinois coach Lovie Smith is looking for some recruiting home runs in order for a quick improvement.
Smith’s latest target is 4-star JUCO DE Isaiah Buggs, who tweeted the Illini offer on Wednesday.
— Isaiah Buggs (@BigPooh_91) August 17, 2016
Buggs is from Louisiana and is a 6-foot-5, 280 pound DE for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. 247 Sports ranks him as the No. 2 JUCO recruit in the country.
Ten of Buggs’ nearly two-dozen offers are from SEC schools — Illinois is actually only the second Big Ten school to offer going by 247 Sports‘ list. Nebraska is the other.
But Ochs also quotes Buggs saying there is no specific deadline for a decision.
“I slowed down my recruitment a little bit to stay focused on camp, football and the upcoming season, but I’m going to start looking back at teams once the season gets rolling on and come down to a commitment,” Ochs quoted Buggs.
Buggs may be a long shot for Illinois, but Smith is taking a chance on getting a big name.