More good news for Bill Cubit and the Fighting Illini offense!
Caleb Reams of Warren Township High School in Gurnee, Illinois has chosen to join the class of 2015. Reams, a six-foot-three, 220 pound tight end, had originally planned to release his decision on August 29th. After what must've been a great day with the team on Friday, Reams committed to the Illini late Saturday night with a pretty nifty tweet.
I'd like to say that I will be attending the University of Illinois to continue my academic and football career. pic.twitter.com/QY2xdSwaiB— Caleb Reams #13 (@SirClutch97) August 9, 2014
Reams' message in the image reflects exactly the kind of attitude the Illini staff is hoping for with in-state recruits. The coaches have talked again and again about state pride and asking guys to stay home and build this program, and we are really starting to see the effects in the 2015 class.
Reams is the 13th commit for the Fighting Illini in 2015. He joins Iowa Western C.C. JUCO Andrew Davis as the two tight end commits thus far. Interestingly, Reams' size comes close to matching that of Jon Davis, while Andrew Davis is built more like Matt LaCosse. It seems that Beckman and Cubit may prefer to pair a huge receiving tight end with a slightly shorter tight end who is a jack-of-all-trades.
"It's a great fit for me to be playing in that offense," the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Reams said. "It works out perfectly. I feel like I can learn a lot from watching Jon Davis play this season. That's what they want me to do when I get there, and I think it works for my skill set."
Reams is a three-star prospect according to Scout and 247Sports. He is currently unrated by ESPN and Rivals, but with his commitment you can expect some sort of ranking shortly. He is rated as roughly the 35th best player in Illinois by both services.
As for his film, Reams looks like a great athlete. His technical skills are rated a bit lower than his athleticism by 247Sports, which means he may have a few things to work on before he's ready for the next level. There's nothing officially listed on any website, but it feels safe to assume that Recruiting Star Alex Golesh was the primary recruiter on Caleb Reams.
Reams also held offers from Syracuse, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, and Wake Forest. After decommitting from Western Michigan, his final three came down to WMU, Wake, and Illinois. Clearly, he made the right choice.