Ron Zook is happy for Whitney Mercilus and A.J. Jenkins, who became the first pair of Illini drafted in the first round since 1996.
Reached at LAX this morning, on his way back to Florida after working on a draft show for CBS Sports, Zook liked their first-round chances entering the draft.
“I was pretty sure Whitney was going and I knew A.J. was close,” Zook said.
Zook also liked Illinois’ chances of landing Bolingbrook quarterback Aaron Bailey, who made a commitment Thursday.
“That quarterback committed to me last fall,” Zook said. “He’s a good player.”