Beckman's haul continues
Tim Beckman and his staff continued their torrid pace on the recruiting trail this weekend.
The Illinois football coach secured two more in-state commitments from players in the 2013 class when O'Fallon High cornerback Darius Mosely and Plainfield Central High defensive tackle Bryce Douglas gave their oral pledges. That brings the 2013 class to a total of 13 players for the Illini, a number that easily outpaces the recruiting classes of recent years at the same point on the calendar.
"They're trying to start a new era to turn the program around, and I want to be a part of that," Mosely said of the coaching staff.
"They were on me constantly. I built a great relationship with coach (Chris) Beatty, my recruiting coach, and also defensive backs coach (Steve) Clinkscale. They made me feel like I was at home."
Mosely's decision was expected, as he'd spoken highly of Illinois throughout the recruiting process and had wanted those close to him to have the chance to see him play in person.
"It's an in-state school close to home. I'll have a chance for early playing time ... Family and friends can easily come see me play," said Mosely, who announced his decision Saturday while in Austin, Texas, training with USA Football in preparation for the Under-19 World Championship.
Douglas' commitment came after he attended an Illinois lineman camp Friday and was offered a scholarship. The son of former Illini basketball standout Bruce Douglas, the 6-foot-2, 330-pound Douglas is the third defensive tackle in the team's 2013 class.
This is the second recruiting spurt of sorts for the Illini, who have picked up three commitments since last Thursday, when athlete/cornerback Caleb Day of Darby High in Hilliard, Ohio, gave an oral pledge. It reminded of a run in late April and early May when Illinois landed four players in just more than a week.
"It's very exciting. I think it's going to be a good class," Mosely said.