Asmussen: The class of each class

Top dogs

Here are the best players in each Illinois recruiting class during the past decade. Aaron Bailey and Caleb Day have the highest rating in the current class:

Dami Ayoola
RB, 2012

Floridian scored two touchdowns during his rookie season

Jon Davis
TE, 2011

Louisville product made last-day decision to sign with Illini

Chandler Whitmer
QB, 2010

Downers Grove South star left (for UConn) after failing to win starting job

Terry Hawthorne
WR, 2009

East St. Louis standout moved to cornerback once need arose

Corey Liuget
DT, 2008

After three productive seasons, Floridian was a first-round NFL draft pick

Arrelious Benn
WR, 2007

Receiver showed rest of country it was cool to play for Ron Zook

Juice Williams
QB, 2006

Was rated ahead of pro-style QBs Sam Bradford and Colin Kaepernick

Rashard Mendenhall
RB, 2005

Future first-round pick originally made commitment to Ron Turner

Sam Carson
LB, 2004

Part of Turner’s final recruiting class, one of few to complete eligibility

Martin O’Donnell
OL, 2003

Downers Grove South star fulfilled promise, was an All-American

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JimOATSfan wrote on February 06, 2013 at 3:02 am

Hey Bob:

ESPN has Paul James ranked highest, then Darius Mosely, then Aaron Bailey.  Jarrod Clements and Dillan Cazley then tie for the 4th spot.

I think Sam Carson was also Downers Grove South, (my high school too - Go Mustangs!) part of the state championship team in their class. Beat one of the Naperville schools in an upset to win it in Memorial Stadium.

Cheers!