Three questions with Reggie Corbin

Three questions with Reggie Corbin

Reggie Corbin knew his phone and Twitter accounts were about to have some serious usage on Tuesday night.

Committing to a Big Ten school does that.

"It's just been going crazy," Corbin said with a laugh on Tuesday night, a few hours after he became the fourth football commit for Illinois in the Class of 2015. "It hasn't stopped ringing. I was kind of prepared for it after talking to a few of my teamamtes in the past who have gone through this, but it has been eventful."

It didn't necessarily help either that the Gonzaga College High School running back out of Washington, D.C., had a rugby banquet on Tuesday night.

He picked up the sport this past season for the first time and said it has improved his quickness and versatility.

Corbin isn't the biggest running back (5-10, 190), but his speed is his biggest attribute.

With the way Illinios used Josh Ferguson in a multitude of ways last season, that might prove beneficial to Corbin in the future.

"I definitely feel I bring a trio of speed, vision and the ability to change direction quickly," he said.

Corbin is the second running back in the class for Illinois, joining DeKalb's Dre Brown. All four commits — Centennial quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald and Jacksonville offensive lineman are the other two — so far are on the offensive side of the ball.

He is the first out-of-state recruit and the third player from D.C. to join the Illini since Tim Beckman assumed the helm, with cornerback Darwyn Kelly and wide receiver Martize Barr hailing from our nation's capital.

Recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh, who also serves as the Illini's running backs and tight ends coach, was the primary recruiter on Corbin.

"He was almost more like an uncle and a mentor to me than just a football recruiter," Corbin said. "I was able to talk to him about anything. He's had my back since Day 1."

Corbin rushed for more than 1,000 yards last fall for Gonzaga, which finished 6-5, while accumulating almost 200 receiving yards.

Marshall, Old Dominion, Toledo and Washington State were the offers Corbin boasted besides the one from Illinois, although he said he anticipated more offers coming this summer.

Here's three other questions with the newest Illinois football recruit:

Why’d you decide to commit Tuesday night?
My dad and I had been talking about it for about a month now. He definitely felt that we should get it out of the way early, and I had a strong feeling that Illinois was going to be the place. It just felt like a home when I visited. It was a great experience. I’m excited I got it out of my way. I can focus on my season this fall and my academics.

When did you visit Illinois and what do you like about the offense?
It was on March 9 on my birthday. I turned 18 that day. I just like the fact that they use the running backs in the passing game and the running game. They run out of the I and the shotgun. They definitely try to run the ball a lot in a multitude of ways. That’s appealing.

Illinois has had a good pipeline of players from D.C. to Champaign-Urbana recently. What’s it like to continue that?
I’m not too worried about the distance. I’ve always been here my whole life. I have a friend that I’m really close to on the team right now in Darwyn Kelly, who went to H.D. Woodson High School in D.C. He gave me some advice and was very helpful. He told me everything about the school. It sounded like the place I really want to be a part of.

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Moonpie wrote on May 31, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Another yawn-inducing recruit while the Gazoo writers wet themselves pretending he's another Walter Payton because Illinois snatched him away from Toledo and Marshall.

Scottsdalecowboy wrote on May 31, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Moonpie,

Enjoy your negatve life. Cripes, at least post knowledgeable, thoughtful comments instead of your negative, know-nothing nonsense.