Allegretti chooses Illinois

Allegretti chooses Illinois

Heading into Monday, the Illinois football team did not have any verbal commitments from any players in the Class of 2014.

By late Monday night, the number had increased to two.

A few hours after Centerville (Ohio) High School defensive end Tito Odenigbo became the first player to verbally commit to Tim Beckman's squad, Lincoln-Way East High School center Nick Allegretti became the second.

Allegretti, at 6 feet, 4 inches and 280 pounds, played on the Memorial Stadium turf last November in the Class 7A state championship game.

While the Griffins lost 10-8 to Glenbard West on Nov. 24 to end Lincoln-Way East's season at 13-1, Allegretti will get more chances to suit up at Memorial Stadium once the 2014 season arrives.

Allegretti helped Lincoln-Way East — whose offense was paced by senior quarterback Tommy Fuessel, a Northwestern signee in February — rush for more than 3,000 yards last season.

Allegretti had offers from Cincinnati, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan along with interest from Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern and Wisconsin.

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JohnUI82 wrote on March 12, 2013 at 11:03 am

Considering how many verbals turned into decommits last time, I won't believe anyone chooses Illinois until he signs. (Not unique to Illinois, of course; just seems more prevalent with this program.)

GW wrote on March 12, 2013 at 11:03 am

If I were a young recruit considering coming here and saw a backhanded comment like yours I might have second thoughts.

JohnUI82 wrote on March 12, 2013 at 10:03 pm

If a 2-10 record, tepid attendance and a revolving-door coaching staff don't cause second thoughts, I doubt a random backhanded comment will.

CecilColeman wrote on March 12, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Verbal commitments mean nothing.