CHAMPAIGN — The National Letters of Intent have been trickling in for the Illinois football team today, the first of a three-day early signing period that ends Friday. The next available time to sign is Feb. 6 on National Signing Day.
Follow with updates during the day as new signees commit to the Fighting Illini.
Illinois has 11 signed letters of intent from high school athletes, headlined by a pair of four-star athletes in Trinity Catholic (St. Louis) quarterback Isaiah Williams and cornerback Marquez Beason from Duncanville, Texas, who is the first top-100 signee for the Illini since Terry Hawthorne in 2009.
Beason gave a verbal commitment in March and has been active in recruiting other athletes on social media.
“It feels good to finally be officially signed," Beason told the Herald-Review. "Everybody had doubts, but I always knew that’s where I was going. It feels good to hush the critics."
According to 247Sports.com, Illinois has the 66th best class nationally with 10 signees, and ranks 13th in the Big Ten.
Other signings so far include a handful of three-star recruits:
Moses Okpala, Ladue, Mo. — 6-foot-7, 350-pound defensive lineman
Joseph Thompson, Chicago Phillips — 5-10, 160-pound defensive back
Nick Fedanzo, Lombard Montini — 6-0, 200-pound running back
Evan Kirts, Chicago Brother Rice — 6-5, 250-pound offensive lineman
Seth Coleman, Melbourne, Fla. (Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy) — 6-5, 200-pound defensive lineman
Casey Washington, Pflugerville, Texas — 6-2, 175-pound wide receiver
Griffin Moore, Bloomington, Ill. — 6-4, 225-pound tight end
Keith Randolph, Belleville West — 6-5, 270-pound defensive lineman
Kyron Cumby, Plano, Texas — 5-8, 175-pound running back
This story will be updated.