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Welcome The First Member Of Illinois' 2014 Class

Only 11 months until signing day!


On Monday night the Illini got some good news when Tito Odenigbo became the first member of Tim Beckman's 2014 recruiting class. Tito was one of many players to visit Champaign over the weekend. Odenigbo is a defensive end from Ohio, and if the name sounds somewhat familiar there's a good reason for it.

Odenigbo's brother is Northwestern defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo.

Yes, that's right. The great rivalry between Northwestern and Illinois has added a whole new dynamic. It's pretty much the same thing as the Civil War now.


Two factions from within one entity fighting to the death, but now it's not only neighbor versus neighbor, but brother versus brother.

And in the Land of Lincoln no less.


Anyway, as for Odenigbo, I don't know a whole lot about him. I know that I enjoy saying his name, and that I enjoy the fact he's 6'3 and 241 pounds, but other than that, I'm pretty much in the dark here.

Good thing Rivals has a guy that can help fill us in.

Marc Givler from on the Rivals network breaks down Odenigbo's game.

"Strong kid, pretty explosive off the ball," Givler said. "Not quite the same body type as Ifeadi who was more of the taller, leaner track athlete. He's a little more well put together and plays really hard."

"The knock would be can he play outside or inside, a bit of a tweener in that regard but his motor should overcome that"

Odenigbo's other offers were from Akron, Bowling Green, Kent State, Ohio and Western Michigan as well as interest from Minnesota and Purdue.

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