An increased emphasis on in-state recruiting for Illinois is bringing the Illini around the state in the form of satellite camps this week. On Monday, Scout was on hand for their first stops: Lincoln Way East and Chicago Mount Carmel. Here are some of the prospects who stood out.
Matt Harris - Lyons Township
Harris ran two sub 4.4 forties and worked out at both corner and wide receiver. While he can play either at the next level, he is farther ahead as a receiver, showing that explosive speed and great hands. Still improving as a route runner, he picked up more and more technique throughout the day and his coachability combined with his blazing speed earned him an offer.
Joe Kupcikevicius - Oak Lawn Richards
A thick, strong offensive lineman, "Kup" showed his toughness and power in winning a number of one on ones. He plays tackle, but may end up as an inside guy. Either way, I think he'll add to the offers he currently has.
Evan Panfil - Lincoln Way Central
Long and athletic, Panfil was a tough matchup for offensive linemen in 1-1s. He still has a lot of room to grow and get stronger, but he has a good frame and is a very smart, coachable kid. Currently with nine offers, he may earn himself some more soon.
Malcolm Miller - Rich East
Not a well known guy coming in, but ran a 4.51 at 6'0, 186-lbs. A quarterback by trade, he worked at corner later in the camp and showed raw ability there despite being behind on technique. The upside is there. The offers aren't yet, but should be soon.
Troy Fumagalli - Waubonsie Valley
Usually a tight end, Illinois worked him out at defensive end, and despite never playing it before, he showed upside at the position. He can definitely develop into a D1 defensive lineman if he wants to, but we've seen him play tight end and he's pretty good there too.
Tommy Fuessel - Lincoln Way East
Fuessel represented his home turf well, running in the 4.3s. A quarterback at East, he worked at wide receiver, a position he doesn't have a ton of experience at. The speed and frame on him makes him an intriguing prospect though.
Enoch Smith Jr. - Mount Carmel
One of the top underclassmen we saw on Monday, Smith is powerful, explosive and has all the tools to be a very good one. He still has some technique work to do, expected for a young guy like him, but he's built beyond his years and put on a nice performance.
Gelen Robinson - Lake Central (Ind.)
Robinson looks like he's been in the weight room since I saw him last. He's bigger, stronger, and looks like he may grow into an interior guy even. He was impressive, both on the hoof and in drills on Monday.
Lance Lenoir - Crete-Monee
Watch out for this sleeper. He's quick, smooth, runs good routes and has good hands. He ran a 4.6 on Monday, a solid time, and received his first offer from St. Josephs after the camp. I don't think that will be the last.
Vince Speller - Chicago Mt. Carmel
Speller is a big defensive back at 6'1, 196-lbs and he ran in the 4.5s to go along with that size. He was solid in drills and 1-1s. He'll be a safety at the next level and showed he can run and cover from that spot. No offers right now, but that is expected to change.
Ki-jana Evans - Chicago Harlan
The Western Michigan commit showed well in 1-1s, winning several of his battles. He's a hard working kid who gets after it and was rewarded for his efforts with several wins on Monday.
Tim McAuliffe - Lemont
Not the biggest guy, but a tough, strong, battler who goes 110% every snap. Likely a center or guard in college, he'll be a guy who won't be spectacular, but will get the job done.
Javon Burruss - Chicago De La Salle
Definitely the top 2015 prospect we saw yesterday, Burruss is huge already at 6'5, 309-lbs, but was light on his feet for a young kid that big. He did well in 1-1s, showing aggressiveness and strength. Certainly one to watch for the future.
D.J. Romero - Chicago Mt. Carmel
A rising senior currently without offers, Romero ran well, covered well and made a couple of really nice plays including a one handed interception. At 195-lbs, he's not real big yet, but he'll find a home somewhere.
Riley Arvanitis - FB - Lake Central (IN)
Denzel Ward - OT - '14 - Chicago Julian
Brandon Moore - WR - Wheaton Warrenville South
James Graham - RB - Chicago Westinghouse
Devon Sanders - RB - Chicago Robeson
Jason Gasser - WR - Chicago Mt. Carmel
Kyle Harris - RB - '14 - Chicago King
JP Quinn - OT - Neuqua Valley
Nathan Oquendo - OC - '14 - Chicago Mt. Carmel
Darion Henderson - CB - '14 - Chicago Hubbard
Antony Greenhow - OL - Proviso East
Fred Beugard - DE - Lombard Montini
Justin Berry - QB - '16 - St. Charles North
Kerron Bragg - WR - Chicago Leo
Taevon Johnson - WR - Proviso East
Dylon Collins - RB - Merrilville
Brian Smith - S - Brookfield East (WI)