Lovie Smith and the Fighting Illini added a verbal commitment 2018 three-star wide receiver Carlos Sandy (FL) on Wednesday night. The 5-foot-9 Fort Lauderdale product is rated as the No. 1632 overall player in the nation by 247Sports.
Sandy’s only other Power 5 scholarship offer was from Syracuse. According to Scout, though, schools like Western Michigan, Western Kentucky, and Toledo were also involved.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank God for blessing me with the talent to play the game of football. I want to thank my loving family who has supported me throughout my entire football career. I would also like to show appreciation to my high school coaches for assisting me throughout the process, without them I wouldn’t have been given this amazing opportunity. Special thanks to coach Ron, the very first coach to teach me the game of football. Last but certainly not least, I want to thank Coach Lovie, Coach McGee, Coach Stoker, and Coach Ward for recruiting me as strongly as they did. I am for certain that my decision is what’s best for my family and I.
After a well though decision with my family, I would like to announce that I am verbally committing to the University of Illinois. #FightingIllini #WeWillWin”
Sandy took an unofficial visit to Champaign last week along with high school teammate and 2019 quarterback Nik Scalzo.
With this announcement, the Orange and Blue now have six players lined up for their 2018 recruiting class. The class is currently slotted at No. 74 nationally and No. 14 in the Big Ten.