Fighting Illini football has already secured two fairly impressive offensive lineman for their 2017 recruiting class, and they have a chance at adding a third. Per Illini Inquirer, three-star prospect Howard Watkins (OH) will announce his college decision on Monday. Watkins is currently rated as the nation’s No. 1082 overall prospect by 247Sports.
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Ohio product has additional Power 5 scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville, Iowa State, and Rutgers. The Bearcats and Cyclones appear to be Illinois’ primary competition in this race.
Watkins has taken three previous visits to Champaign, including an official trip on the weekend of September 9 to take in the North Carolina game. Watkins’ most recent campus venture was an unofficial visit to Ames, IA on November 26.