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Old Feb 7, 2017, 06:56 PM   #276
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Is Marchese from Stevenson a walkon as well?
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Old Feb 7, 2017, 07:07 PM   #277
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Is Marchese from Stevenson a walkon as well?
His twin is going to Iowa on scholarship. Sounds like we got quite the walk-on program started.
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Old Feb 7, 2017, 07:22 PM   #278
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Is Marchese from Stevenson a walkon as well?
Yep, another preferred walk-on, he had D1 offers too.
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Old Feb 7, 2017, 07:24 PM   #279
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His twin is going to Iowa on scholarship. Sounds like we got quite the walk-on program started.
Love it
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Old Feb 8, 2017, 07:23 PM   #280
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Yep, another preferred walk-on, he had D1 offers too.
http://football.dailyherald.com/arti...rts/170209070/
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 01:01 PM   #281
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Late add, DL Isaiah Gay from North Carolina.

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https://twitter.com/IlliniFootball/s...28504960380928

Late addition to @LovieSmith's first class. #RUSHMEN getting stronger!

Welcome to the #Illini, Isaiah Gay.

#WeWillWin ����
http://247sports.com/Player/Isaiah-Gay-46038644
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 01:05 PM   #282
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Late add, DL Isaiah Gay from North Carolina.



http://247sports.com/Player/Isaiah-Gay-46038644
Man he just explodes off the line.
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 01:07 PM   #283
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Man he just explodes off the line.
The video with Phair talking about him basically said the same thing. Pure speed rusher right now.

Staff definitely trusts their evaluations, too. The other hats on the table for him were Duquesne, Elon ? and something with an orange duck
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 01:10 PM   #284
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The video with Phair talking about him basically said the same thing. Pure speed rusher right now.

Staff definitely trusts their evaluations, too. The other hats on the table for him were Duquesne, Elon ? and something with an orange duck
The first play of his highlight tape made me say holy $h!t in front of my tutoring kids. It was fun.
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 01:11 PM   #285
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Nice! That explains why he didn't sign with Elon.

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/Hi...gning-day.html

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4551472/...f6124b702fe74f

Certainly a guy who will not contribute for a couple of years. Very similar to Torri Singletary.
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 01:16 PM   #286
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This kid actually did this.
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 01:21 PM   #287
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Ouch.
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 01:24 PM   #288
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A top recruit did that shirt thing this year too. Not a huge fan of that sort of stuff, but it's not the end of the world.
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 01:32 PM   #289
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So is he a walk on or did the staff offer him a scholarship?
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 01:38 PM   #290
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So is he a walk on or did the staff offer him a scholarship?
Seems to be a scholarship, as he signed?

Side note: pretty impressive senior year statline -- 117 tackles, 25 TFL, 17 sacks
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 01:43 PM   #291
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Seems to be a scholarship, as he signed?

Side note: pretty impressive senior year statline -- 117 tackles, 25 TFL, 17 sacks
Makes me wonder why he didn't get any other major offers.
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 02:09 PM   #292
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Kind of surprised they took another DL at this juncture. Must really believe in him.
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 02:10 PM   #293
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Kind of surprised they took another DL at this juncture. Must really believe in him.
I was wondering the same thing. That's what, 6 DEs?
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 02:14 PM   #294
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I was wondering the same thing. That's what, 6 DEs?
A couple of those DEs will probably go over to DT at some point.

I'm a little surprised by it but if they feel like he will be a + pass rusher in a few years than it could be a good gamble.
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 02:16 PM   #295
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Football commandment: Thou shall never have too many lineman, especially on defense.
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 02:25 PM   #296
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Ugh.
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 02:26 PM   #297
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Makes me wonder why he didn't get any other major offers.
His lack of size is an issue. I think most programs are looking for DEs who can contribute or provide depth after a red shirt season.

I don't think we'll see Gay on the depth chart before 2019 at the earliest. He needs to add 25-30 lbs and then you have to question how much speed and explosiveness he will lose? When you look at our roster and who we may have left at DE after 2018, this is a risk worth taking.

Given the potential size of the class of 2018 who knows how many DEs we can take?
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 02:34 PM   #298
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I bet they have plans for him at OLB. Or maybe they know he has the room to fill out and become a monster. I trust their evaluations with all that experience on staff!
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 02:36 PM   #299
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His lack of size is an issue. I think most programs are looking for DEs who can contribute or provide depth after a red shirt season.

I don't think we'll see Gay on the depth chart before 2019 at the earliest. He needs to add 25-30 lbs and then you have to question how much speed and explosiveness he will lose? When you look at our roster and who we may have left at DE after 2018, this is a risk worth taking.

Given the potential size of the class of 2018 who knows how many DEs we can take?
Gotcha, good post!
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Old Feb 10, 2017, 02:36 PM   #300
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Kind of surprised they took another DL at this juncture. Must really believe in him.
6-3, 215. Needs strength. But he played his senior season at age 16. He will be 17 when he enrolls at Illinois. Redshirt year could do wonders.
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