The Illinois football team picked up its first junior college player in the Class of 2014 on Tuesday night — and maybe its most noteworthy.
Tyrin Stone-Davis from Pierce College in Los Angeles orally committed to the Illini, becoming the 10th player in the class for coach Tim Beckman.
He is arguably the highest-profile recruit Illinois has landed. Stone-Davis, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound receiver who hails from Philadelphia, had 20 receptions for 437 yards and five touchdowns in nine games last fall.
Recruiting service 247sports.com rates him as the second-best junior college wide receiver and ninth-best juco prospect overall.
Stone-Davis — who will have two seasons of eligibility at Illinois — had offers from San Diego State and Texas Tech.
Stone-Davis is the second player from Pierce to give Illinois his pledge in the past two months. Tight end Trevor Kanteman, who will join Illinois this fall, committed to Illinois in late May. Illinois wide receivers coach Mike Bellamy served as the primary recruiter on Stone-Davis.
Stone-Davis joins defensive lineman Tito Odenigbo from Centerville (Ohio), center Nick Allegretti from Lincoln-Way East, wide receiver Mike Dudek from Neuqua Valley, quarterback Chayce Crouch from Newark (Ohio) Catholic, linebacker Austin Roberts from Rice Lake (Wis.), linebacker Henry McGrew from Blue Valley (Kan.), wide receiver Malik Turner from Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin, running back Matt Domer from Chicago Mount Carmel and cornerback Julian Hylton from Lincoln-Way North in the Class of 2014 for Illinois.