Younger Cvijanovic newest commit
For those Illinois fans who have spent the last four years trying to pronounce Simon Cvijanovic's last name, they'll get more practice.
That's because the younger brother of the starting left tackle for Tim Beckman's team this fall is joining Illinois.
Peter Cvijanovic, a Class of 2014 offensive tackle, like his older brother, committed to Illinois on Monday night.
The 14th commit in Beckman's class is the second offensive lineman Illinois has landed, joining Lincoln Way-East center Nick Allegretti, who committed on March 11.
Cvijanovic is expected to enroll early at Illinois and should take part in spring practices in 2014.
The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Cvijanovic graduated from Benedictine High School last June and is currently playing at East Coast Prep in Great Barrington, Mass.
Illinois offered him on Monday after a visit to East Coast Prep by Illinois offensive line coach A.J. Ricker and Cvijanovic accepted the offer shortly thereafter.
Indiana, Michigan State and Purdue also had interest in him, but had not doled out offers.
He is the second high school player to give Illinois a verbal pledge in as many days after tight end Jordan Frazier from Springfield, Mo., did so on Sunday night.
Along with Allegretti, Cvijanovic and Frazier, defensive lineman Tito Odenigbo from Centerville (Ohio), wide receiver Mike Dudek from Neuqua Valley, quarterback Chayce Crouch from Newark (Ohio) Catholic, Rice Lake (Wis.) linebacker Austin Roberts, Blue Valley (Kan.) linebacker Henry McGrew, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin wide receiver Malik Turner, Chicago Mt. Carmel running back Matt Domer, Lincoln-Way North athlete Julian Hylton, Pierce (Calif.) College wide receiver Tyrin Stone-Davis, Iowa Western Community College wide receiver Geronimo Allison and Pierce (Calif.) College cornerback Tyree Stone-Davis are all Class of 2014 commits right now for Illinois.
Allegretti has stated all along since he committed to Illinois mid-March he's comfortable in role of reaching out to other potential recruits.
The message the Lincoln-Way East center might send to other players Illinois is pursuing in the Class of 2014 might carry a bit more now weight now.
Allegretti was officially recognized for his selection into the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Monday morning.
Representatives of the bowl game — which will be televised live on NBC at noon on Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Alamodome — were on hand at Allegretti's high school to present him a jersey for his selection.
Allegretti — who has helped Lincoln-Way East to a 5-1 record this season heading into the Griffins' home game this Friday in Frankfort against Orland Park Sandburg — is the first Illinois recruit to play in the game since Justin Green did so in 2009.
A little more than 24 hours after returning to Champaign on Saturday evening, three Illinois assistant coaches were either en route on recruiting trips or awaiting departures on Monday.
Recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh spent time in Ohio, with Ricker in Massachusetts and defensive line coach Greg Colby hitting up some junior colleges in California.
The second and final bye week of the season for Illinois will again have Tim Beckman and his staff placing an emphasis on recruiting.
This upcoming weekend Illinois is expected to have eight assistant coaches out on the road at various high school and junior college games throughout the country.
The main recruiting focus rests on the defensive side of the ball, especially after the struggles Illinois has displayed in that area going into mid-October.
The position groups Illinois is highlighting right now in its recruiting efforts are along the defensive line, mainly at defensive tackle, and in the secondary, with Illinois wanting to garner a commitment from a safety.