Fighting Illini football may soon be adding another lineman to their 2017 recruiting class. According to Illini Inquirer’s Jeremy Werner, three-star offensive tackle Alex Palczewski (IL) has narrowed his college list to Illinois, Vanderbilt, and Syracuse. Additionally, the big 6-foot-6, 260-pound prospect announced that he’ll be making his college decision on Wednesday (January 25).
According to 247Sports, Palczewski is rated as the No. 1236 overall player and No. 34 Illinois native in the class-of-2017. Other Power 5 programs that had previously expressed interest include Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, N.C. State, and North Carolina; these schools may have stopped their respective pursuits because Palczewski missed his entire junior season at Prospect (Mt. Prospect) with a neck injury.
Palczewski received an in-person visit from Lovie Smith on January 19, and that was followed with an official trip to Champaign the following day.
Had a great time today meeting with Lovie Smith and all of the other coaches from Illinois! pic.twitter.com/20ieZbeAoW— Alex Palczewski (@PalczewskiAlex) January 20, 2017
Illinois’ offensive line currently sits at three-deep for this recruiting cycle thanks to commitments from three-star OL Vederian Lowe (IL), three-star OL Larry Boyd (MO), and three-star OL/early enrollee Hojo Watkins (OH). With six scholarships remaining, another commitment from Palczewski would essentially wrap up this position group until next year.