Two members of the 2014 recruiting class for Illinois who were expected to enroll early and take part in spring practices won’t do so.
Tyree Stone-Davis and Tyrin Stone-Davis, twins from Philadelphia who redshirted this past fall at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., both said Monday night that academic issues are forcing them to take extra classes at Pierce this semester.
“Tyrin had to go back and finish a class,” Illinois coach Tim Beckman said. “He didn’t quite get the grades we wanted him to get in it, so he’s back at Pierce College. They’re both back there, and they’ll be back with us in May.”
Beckman said it is a concern situations like this might arise recruiting junior college players.
“They have to meet the standards that the NCAA requires ... (but) we’re very comfortable they can make it, especially Tyrin,” Beckman said. “Tyrin is ahead of Tyree. They understand to be successful and meet those standards at the University of Illinois, this is what you’ve got to do. They know exactly what’s in front of them and exactly what they need to get accomplished.”
The twins — who committed in late July — signed letters of intent with Illinois on Dec. 18.
Both were expected to contend for early playing time, with Tyrin at wide receiver and Tyree at defensive back.
“It’s really frustrating because my mind is in one place at Illinois,” Tyree said. “I want to make plays there so bad and get acquainted, but I’ve got to get (the academics) taken care of.”
Spring practices start for Beckman’s third team at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4.
The Illini are slated to have two Friday practices off campus, with the first one taking place at 5:30 p.m. on March 14 at Gately Stadium in Chicago.
Beckman said Monday evening that Illinois will have another one at 5:30 p.m. on April 4 at Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin High School.
The annual spring game is slated for a 2 p.m. kickoff at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 12, but the Stone-Davis twins won’t get a chance to play in it.
“It will be disappointing, but at the same time, everything happens for a reason,” Tyrin said. “It’s a process, and I really believe that good things come to those who wait. I will be successful when I go there, regardless of all this.”