Zook: Happy (NFL draft) camper

Zook: Happy (NFL draft) camper

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.”


Categories (3):Illini Sports, Football, Sports
Tags (1):NFL draft

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JimOATSfan wrote on April 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Three Illini chosen in the first 44 players drafted, with Jeff Allen going to Chiefs as the 12th pick of the 2nd round.  Or...7% of the draft are Illinois players.  Go Illini!

blmillini wrote on April 27, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Make that 4 in 48!!!  Zook sure could recruit... too bad he couldn't coach.

dhendricks71 wrote on April 28, 2012 at 4:04 am

I thought Illinois might try to keep him in some aspect(assistant AD or recruiting coordinator) before he was let go.  He definitely knows talent.   Only one of the five first rounders (mendenhall who he didn't recruit) he coached was a five star recruit. The two 5 star recruits he had(Benn and Martez Wilson) were 2nd round and later. Zook may have, in a round about way, gotten a promotion by being let go.  I'm sure a lot of NFL teams and other college programs will want to use him for his expertise in evaluating talent in the future. Good luck to him, as he has definitely laid a foundation(talent-wiseand reputation-wise) for this program to build on.

calvin wrote on April 29, 2012 at 10:04 am

he can evaluate talent, but he is a terrible coach and now he should go away........