Mays keeps Illini recruiting roll going

Mays keeps Illini recruiting roll going

The first three recruiting classes for Tim Beckman at Illinois featured two players from the state of Texas.

If wide receivers A.D. Miller and Sam Mays stay true to their word, the Class of 2015 will have at least two Texas high school products.

Less than 24 hours after Miller orally committed to the Illini on Saturday night, fellow Texan Mays gave a verbal pledge to Illinois on Sunday afternoon.

"I definitely like the sense of the overall family environment that they presented to me," said Mays, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound receiver who hauled in 60 passes for 1,025 yards and 15 touchdowns last season with The Kinkaid School out of Houston. "Out of all the schools that I had offers from, they were No. 1 on my list. I'm definitely looking forward to getting there."

Wide receivers coach Mike Bellamy and offensive line coach A.J. Ricker were the lead recruiters on Mays, whose sported offers from BYU, Fresno State, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, North Texas and Southern Mississippi.

"I think it has to do with my skills and how I fit into their offense," Mays said. "The offense they run means I'll get the ball a lot, and with me being a bigger receiver, I can make all types of plays. I like to go up and get it. That's what colleges are looking for these days."

Mays, who said he knows Miller but that Miller's decision didn't weigh into his, is the 12th commit for Illinois in this class and 11th on the offensive side of the ball.

Illinois currently has a quarterback, three running backs, two wide receivers, a tight end and four offensive linemen.

Chicago Hales Franciscan defensive back Pat Nelson is the only defensive commit so far.

Sunday's commitment keeps Illinois on a bit of a recruiting roll.

Mays is the ninth player Illinois has received a commitment from since Memorial Day and sixth in the last three weeks.

"With most of the commits on offense, that shows that we're making progress to build a really good offense for the future," Mays said. "I can't speak for A.D., but I saw a place where I could fit in really well."

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