One of the most frustrating aspects of following recruiting is that nothing is final until the player signs on the dotted line, a fact the Quentin Snider saga unfortunately reminded us Illini fans of. But just like earlier this afternoon, I have more good news for you loyal Champaigniacs: according to Jeremy Werner (and a text alerting me from Tom), nine members of the 2014 football recruiting class have decided to enroll early, which not only means they've committed but that they'll be around the program and their new teammates even sooner.
The nine players to enroll early consist of four JUCO transfers and five high schoolers graduating early. The JUCO transfers are Geronimo Allison (WR), Tyree Stone-Davis (DB), Tyrin Stone-Davis (WR), and Joe Fotu (DE). The high school recruits are Chayce Crouch (QB), Peter Cvijanovic (OL), Mike Dudek (WR), Jordan Frazier (TE), and our old friend Paul James III (DE).
While this isn't as exciting as say, finding out a top recruit has decided to rock the blue and orange, it's still pretty good news. That gives Wes Lunt three more receivers and a tight end to start practicing with half a year sooner and adds two impact defensive ends to a line that sorely needed pass rushing talent. The depth issues brought about by the late period Ron Zook recruiting classes are starting to be balanced out by JUCO transfers and young talent eager to enroll, which is pretty nice to see.