Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
With juco signing day on Wednesday the Illini lost one of their many juco commits to California on Monday.
Well we've got one less juco commit in the 2013 class.
Kyle Kragen, a three-star defensive end out of Diablo Valley C.C. in California committed to the Illini in early December, but after going on a visit to Cal over the weekend he flipped his commitment to the Golden Bears.
"It really wasn't even a decision for me, I've grown up a lifelong Cal fan," Kragen told Rivals ($). "It's one of best schools in the country, it's close to home. My goal was always to go to a real good school."
Kragen also says that his grandfather is a lifelong Cal fan. So good for him. He's got an offer to play at a school he really wants to play for. That's exactly what he should do.
But as for the Illini, it hurts. Particularly at a defensive line position in which we'll have to replace Michael Buchanan, Glenn Foster and Akeem Spence -- should Spence go pro, and he will -- next season. Still, defensive line is one of the positions that Tim Beckman and his staff have done a pretty good job of recruiting at for the 2013 class, but the problem there is that I'm not sure there's anybody in the 2013 class that can come in and play right away.
Kyle Kragen could have.