Megginson to Illinois: 'I couldn't wait'

Megginson to Illinois: 'I couldn't wait'

CHAMPAIGN — Gabe Megginson looked out of the large eighth floor windows at Memorial Stadium on Friday night into one of the most impressive views of Champaign.

Thousands of runners were congregated on the field below.

The same field the left tackle from Jacksonville will play his college football at.

Megginson delivered an oral commitment to Illinois coach Tim Beckman and his staff on Friday while the Presence Covenant Medical Center Illinois 5K was going on.

“I’ll be around the people I love, and they’ll treat me right,” Megginson said. “The recruits they have are great people, too. I want to play around them for my college career.”

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound left tackle is listed as a four-star recruit by and and a three-star recruit by

Megginson is the third commit for Beckman in the Class of 2015, joining Centennial quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald and DeKalb running back Dre Brown.

Megginson made up his mind on Thursday, informing other coaches before he let Illinois know.

Megginson initially wanted to decide on his birthday, which is May 26, but decided to not hold off.

“I’m a month and a day early,” he said with a smile, “but I couldn’t wait.”

Comments embraces discussion of both community and world issues. We welcome you to contribute your ideas, opinions and comments, but we ask that you avoid personal attacks, vulgarity and hate speech. We reserve the right to remove any comment at our discretion, and we will block repeat offenders' accounts. To post comments, you must first be a registered user, and your username will appear with any comment you post. Happy posting.

Login or register to post comments

Green Shirt wrote on April 26, 2014 at 6:04 am

"The same field the left tackle from Jacksonville will play his college football at." ?? A professional journalist would have written, "The same field upon which the left tackle from Jacksonville will play his college football."  It may be time for the remedial English classes.

GW wrote on April 26, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Get a life Green!! Congrats to Gabe, we look forward to watching you destroy defensive opponents for the next several years. (holy cow, I wonder if my punctuation and english are correct, greenie will be criticizing me next)   :(             GO ILLINI!!