Tyree Stone-Davis, the most recent Illinois football commit in the Class of 2014, looks forward to the challenge of playing in the Big Ten.
Tyree Stone-Davis isn't shy about what he prefers.
Pro-style offenses. Man coverage.
Don’t give the Philadelphia native any spread or gimmick-like offenses.
Like what he sees when he watches Pac-12 teams.
“They run all that sweet sutff, and they try to take the corners out of the game,” the new Illinois football commit said. “In the Big Ten, I’ll be sticking wide receivers all game. To me, it’s real football.”
Stone-Davis, who verbally committed to Illinois on July 25, isn’t the only Stone-Davis who will appear on the Illinois football roster in 2014.
His twin brother, Tyrin, a wide receiver, will join him in Champaign-Urbana. Tyrin Stone-Davis verbally committed to Illinois on July 23.
Tyree Stone-Davis is a physical cornerback from Pierce College in Los Angeles who checks in at 6 feet, 3 inches and 200 pounds.
He had offers from Hawaii, San Diego State and Texas State before picking Illinois after playing his high school career at Mastbaum Vocational/Technical School.
“Coming out of high school, my grades were bad, and I couldn’t qualify,” said Stone-Davis, who grayshirted his first year at Pierce before making eight tackles in four games last fall. “In order to keep playing football, I had to do my research, and Pierce, in my opinion, is the best junior college out there.”
Illinois wide receivers coach Mike Bellamy was the lead recruiter on Stone-Davis, and defensive coordinator Tim Banks helped out, too.
“He was straightforward with me,” Stone-Davis said. “He’s calm and collected, and told me how I would fit into the system. He made me feel comfortable.”
Comfortable enough that Stone-Davis didn’t want to chance on waiting to commit, even though he initially thought he would play out the 2013 season with Pierce and see what offers he had picked up.
“I was thinking about playing the season out, and I feel that if I play my best, any school in the country could offer me, but then none might stand out that there as appealing to me as Illinois,” said Stone-Davis, who admires NFL defensive backs like Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of the Denver Broncos and Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals, not to mention Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard. “They said I could come in and compete for a starting spot right away, and I’ve always wanted to play in the Big Ten. I love Big Ten football.”