Dudek all for Lunt's transfer
Mike Dudek can relax a bit more this summer.
Instead of jetting across the Midwest and other parts of the country for college camps, the Illinois commit in the Class of 2014 is focusing his time on replicating last season’s success at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville.
Possibly taking it to even greater heights, too.
“It takes a big weight off my shoulders having committed because last summer it seemed like I was gone every weekend,” Dudek said. “It took a lot of pressure off myself."
Now the 5-foot-11, 175-pound wide receiver is concerned on improving the numbers he put up last season for the 12-1 Wildcats (46 receptions for 991 yards, 14 touchdowns) and trying to lead Neuqua Valley to its first state football title.
Oh yeah, and also trying to reach out to fellow Class of 2014 recruits he’d like to see at Illinois while digesting the news of Wes Lunt’s transfer to the Illini.
Dudek said he keeps in contact the most with three prospects who all have offers from Illinois.
Chicago Mt. Carmel running back Matt Domer is one.
So is Gelen Robinson, son of former Purdue standout Glenn Robinson and brother of Michigan men’s basketball player Glenn Robinson III.
The younger Robinson is a defensive end from Lake Central (Ind.) High School.
Another is Adoree’ Jackson, a five-star cornerback recruit from Junipero Serra (Calif.) High School.
“I talk to Matt Domer the most,” Dudek said. “He’s told me he’s actually going to commit, so I’m just waiting for that to happen.”
Whether Domer joins the list of Class of 2014 commits, now up to six, will have to play itself out.
Dudek said he doesn’t have a problem reaching out to potential recruits.
That’s music to the ears of the Illinois coaching staff.
“I’m very comfortable doing that, especially since most of it at the start is through text messages,” Dudek said. “We’re trying to build this team up. I try to come at them with the approach of where I get to know them first and then start seeing where they may be thinking of heading.”
One player Dudek is all for heading to Champaign-Urbana is Wes Lunt.
Very much so.
“It was definitely exciting to see that,” Dudek said of the Rochester product transferring from Oklahoma State. “He’s a big-time player, and he’s going to help us bring in a lot more recruits.”
Recruits who might not remember Lunt’s stellar high school career, but recruits who someday could catch plenty of passes from him.
“I was laying in bed after practice when I found out we got him,” Dudek said. “I screamed and called my dad right away. He was a big-time recruit coming out of high school, and everyone knows how good he is. That’s going to help kids who want to play for us in the future, especialy running backs and wide receivers.”